A Social Media Rant

I’ll start this off by saying that this is totally my fault. I’m the one with the Facebook and Google+ accounts, I don’t have a ghostwriter for Twitter and I check myself into FourSquare locations constantly – all of these programs are apparently essential to my life, and all have applications for on my Blackberry. A Blackberry which I hate, but am a slave too. My work emails go to it, I am notified when someone comments/tweets/likes/checks in on FourSquare – and get this: I have a certain chime for each app. Incredibly sad. That red blinking light is like a mistress to a politician or a gleaming blackjack table to a gambler. I just can’t ignore it.

With the uproar of the new Facebook, I’m putting a lot into perspective.

Another random disclaimer – I write my blog for me. Family and friends will read it, along with some internet blogging buddies I’ve made over the years. Don’t get me wrong, I cherish the readers, and read every single comment – but that’s not who I do it for. I write for me, with my own words, with my own jumbled thoughts. You won’t find me posting three times a day [unless we’re caught in a huge Oklahoma snowstorm again Winking smile] or even posting about every single run.

I thought aloud to my husband yesterday ”I think… I think I might delete my Facebook account” to which he responded, “uh… Why?”. Well, it boils down to one certain thing, and I didn’t come to the realization of it until today [as sad as that may sound]. I don’t feel like I should be sharing details of my life with people I haven’t talked to in years.

Apparently, I’m too chicken to actually delete people off of Facebook. OH yes, the double edged sword conundrum. I thought about making lists, making one “people I’m willing to share mundane details with” and another “people who I don’t feel comfortable sharing with but don’t necessarily want to delete”. Until I got to the list making process. I got about a third of the way down, and was frustrated that I was even having to do this; it felt repetitive and annoying.

So, what to do? I don’t know. I go back and forth a lot with deleting the Facebook account, protecting my Tweets and cancelling the FourSquare account [… which I think I’ll actually do once I’m done blogging]. I mean really, WHO CARES if I’m the mayor of whatever bakery. Seriously. When I’m worm food, I don’t want to be remembered as the mom that was constantly on her phone during her daughter’s dance recital.

I’m putting the phone down, closing my laptop up and letting go [slowly] of social media. While I am not the world’s biggest fan of being on the phone, going back to calling loved ones and friends is the way to do it. Not just by simply commenting on a photo or retweeting what they say.

My life is not interesting. I need to quit acting as though it is.

With all of this said, blogging will always remain. Like running, it is an outlet. I’ve been blessed to meet people, and I will never take that for granted. Smile Thanks for sticking with me through numerous ups and downs – each and every one of you inspire me in some way, shape or form.

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A Social Media Rant

4 thoughts on “A Social Media Rant

  1. I totally get every single thing you’re saying. I write my blog for me. I read back through old entries all the time and reflect on my life. I really want to mass delete a TON of people on FB. Like you, I feel like why should I “let” people see what’s going on in my life when I haven’t talked to them in years?? My existence on these social networks feels so fake. GAH. I deleted Twitter, got Google Plus (Google just rocks my socks anyhow) and might be deleting quite a few people on FB.

  2. Ach. I totally feel ya…when I think about my blog sometimes it weirds me out about how much I share. But to be honest with you, I just noticed that all my REAL LIFE friends have come about because of my blog and running! It has been such a blessing! BUt the facebook….another story. I for one will say, I’d be sad to see you gone on FB.

    P.S. got your text the other day, THANK YOU SO MUCH for checking in on me. Sorry I didn’t reply, things have been a blur the past week. =/

    I hope you are doing great!!!!

  3. I totally FEEL YOU! I have a professional job and realize if my clients read my blog are they going to know too much about me??!! Can I maintain being professional at work when I am silly on my blog….When I feel this way I just think about the good social networking can bring which for me is the following:

    1. A recruiter found me and now I have my dream job.
    2. I made amends with a few friends that live far away that would have NEVER found me otherwise
    3. I find the BEST music, book and movie recommendations.
    4. I’ve avoided buying products with poor rating b/c I’ve gotten feedback from my FB people.

    I agree. It can be TOTALLY TOO MUCH and OVERUSED. It’s all about balance and knowing when to shut down when you want to see a dance recital or spend quality time with family.

    Great post. Thought provoking. I love it.

    xo
    Sarah
    Get Up & Go

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