I’m supposed to be on a digital detox, it turns out I’m not very good at it. I started this because pretty soon I will be somewhere with, pretty much, no internet connect and no WiFi. NO WIFI.
I’ve got 5 twitter accounts for different things, which I nurture with varying success! Sometimes they leak into each other by accident, which can be embarrassing. But hey, who doesn’t love a cute cat picture from #CatFriday or (new this week) #Caturday.
I’ve got my personal Facebook account, a Facebook page and am member of various groups.
I’ve got four email accounts – not bad for someone who doesn’t ‘do’ email.
I’m not even counting – yammer, pinterest, google+, linkedIn & a Linkedin group. I’m pretty sure I’ve got a Vine and an instagram account lurking somewhere.
Then there’s my employer’s internal online social networks too.
And a partridge in a pear tree.
Oh and You Tube, I nearly forgot You Tube…
Basically I think in blogs, posts and tweets.
I’m not saying this to show off, I know there are people with more than me! It’s just a reflection that since having virtually no digital footprint four years ago to now, I was actually quite surprised when I added it all up.
Well, I stated my intention to do a ‘digital detox’ partly so that I would stick to it and then it started feeling like I was saying to all my friends – I’m sorry, but you’re cluttering my brain up, I’m not speaking to you! Which is just a bit rude and not true.
I also wanted a way of saying I wouldn’t be online, without telling burglars to come and help themselves, A social ‘Out of Coffice’. (Don’t, there are people in my house while I am in the place with no WiFi and a big dog.)
The idea of the ‘digital detox’ just serves the argument that being online, social, is bad for you and I don’t agree with that. It gives fuel to the people who just don’t agree with Social Media.
What I do agree with is that sometimes it can be difficult to juggle it all, even with Hootsuite. The other thing is that given that a lot of my work is to encourage other people to get involved* – what does it say to them. No wonder they look at me like I’m a crazy woman when I try to persuade them that this stuff actually makes their life easier!
Arianna Huffington describes her life just before she collapsed with exhaustion “The space, the gaps, the pauses, that allow us to regenerate and recharge – had all but disappeared in my own life”. I don’t have a media empire and I don’t know anyone who does. I’m not about to collapse with exhaustion, but I will be thinking about how to help people to navigate all this better when they are already overwhelmed with email, so that it does actually add something worthwhile to their days.
So consider this my ‘Out of Coffice’ message. Emma can’t answer your blog, post or tweet right now.
When I get back I’ll be putting many more pauses back into my day – I think it will be better for everyone.
(*My other mission is to encourage use of the work ‘Awesome’)