But when it comes to social media? THAT is another story. It can cause a lot of strife when you remove folks from your feed, deleting them from Facebook and Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. I myself have had my feelings hurt when someone(s) remove me from following them before stopping to realize that they really had nothing of value to follow to begin with, and obviously felt I offered nothing. Besides, who really needs the drama? I deleted my own father off my Facebook more than once now because I simply could not stand another word of negativity.
Often times I follow, friend, etc., someone I think will add value to my life in someway, only to find out that most of what is there, while of value, simply is not relevant to my life at the present time. It isn’t anything personal, it is simply that I just don’t have time to weed through things to get to the meatier items I’m seeking. Or my feed is just too ‘noisy’ with things I cannot keep up with and so I start removing those things.
Hopefully folks won’t take it too personally if they suddenly discover they were eliminated from my feeds but I need to simplify my life a bit. Between working, writing and more direct sales businesses than I can shake a stick at, I need to ease up on the flow of information I need to wade through each day. I’d love to always reciprocate when someone follows me, but I just cannot do it.
It is time to clean off my followers, clean up my Pinterest boards, and simplify my social media addiction. My sister-in-law is shutting down her Facebook entirely, and anymore I can understand that. If it isn’t adding anything of value to her life, it’s gone. While I’m not at that point yet, I totally support the effort. I cleaned off Twitter and got down to following 125 people from over 200. My goal is to get to 125 and no more than that. I’m getting rid of the news and weather I follow, as it’s never any good news and the weather I can get by going to a site when I want to know. It isn’t as if knowing what the weather will be is going to change anything and it’s just a bunch of digital clatter I don’t want in my life any longer. My mind will be much healthier without it all.
I started the downsizing efforts Wednesday evening. I was cleaning out my favorites/bookmarks in my phone and found myself on a former friend’s Twitter page. I sent a request to follow, as it is private, before realizing that not only was I poking the bear, but it is most unlikely she would have anything of value to add to my feed at all. Drama? More negativity? No thanks. I removed the request so hopefully she didn’t get herself in too big a snit over it.
My passion is my writing and my Avon business. I dabble with the hobbies of Advocare, Jewelry In Candles, Charmed And Company Creations, Javita Coffee & SwissJust. Mostly those get me a better price than if I weren’t a consultant/rep/distributor. But the passion and love is truly with Avon. Writing is therapy and a love I’ve always had since a child. Those will have my utmost attention.
My faith will come first, above all else. Then family, work, writing and hobbies. My needle work (crocheting) will take a place when the weather is cooler. I’m learning to calender block my time, down to washing my face, packing lunch for the next day, etc. so that my time is better spent and I’m more organized.
Delete, delete, delete some more. It’s quieting down already!