We’ve had or ups, we’ve had our downs, we’ve had our memories, we’ve had our frowns, but I think my time with Facebook is starting to dwindle. I always said that the main reason I use social media is for my work and that is absolutely true so now that my artist page is finally getting the same engagement as my personal page I can start to let that area fade a bit. Today I’m turning off my computer and leaving it behind as I start the week leading up to my 30th in Devon with my nearest and dearest around me. Cannot wait to switch off and disconnect!
Social media encapsulates a love/hate relationship. I love marketing, media and connecting with lots of people at one time and Facebook is brilliant for that. However more and more it’s harder to trust what you read online and often I find myself reading things I don’t want to read and scrolling mindlessly through feeds I don’t care about. It’s pretty much impossible to be an artist or a promoter without using social media in this day and age so I will keep it open for managing my business pages but in terms of personal stuff, I’m heading back to blogging. It’s my first love and was put to one side for a few years there, limping along while I got all my other ducks in their rows and now that they are I get to return to my safe space.
What I love about blogging is that I can still share, can still be challenged and can still connect with people who are interested in what I have to say (and absolutely no one has to be!) but I can also really think about what it is I want to share. Writing We Fly has been absolutely amazing but it’s also left me in a very open space where I feel like I’m putting myself out there in a way I don’t have control over. Almost like when you start getting verbal diarrhea when you’re nervous/excited about something and suddenly you’ve said something you didn’t mean to because you got so lost in the moment. However, most importantly it’s because I really REALLY miss reading. I love reading and I thought again today if I spent half as much of my time reading as I do scrolling mindlessly through various social feeds I would get through so many of the books I love.
I’ve deleted Facebook and Twitter off my phone – I’ll still be on Instagram a bit because that’s my fave – and will be concentrating on putting out stuff via my music pages and my blogs. Here’s how you can keep up to date with what I’m up to:
May my fourth decade on this earth be filled with more human interaction and less in the online bubble. If you need me, email me or comment on posts and I’ll see you back here soon!