Social Media, it’s just not working out. It’s not you. It’s me. I hope we can still be friends.
Today I just HAD to drop in here, on my blog, a space I created 9 years ago, a place that is all mine.
I started this blog way back in 2009 and it has been a safe space for me on and off for the last 9 years! Yeah, sometimes I show up here a lot, and then I go through times where I leave you with crickets! And although I sincerely want to apologize for that, I’m actually NOT sorry. Because you know what, we’re all just doing the best we can! Ebbing, flowing, exploring, and growing!
I do truly LOVE having a place to connect WITH YOU, to share my thoughts and crazy ideas, and to explore the ebbs and flows of life. But I have been in a huge re-evaluation stage deciding what spaces I should and should not turn to with all my creative energy. The last few years social media has gotten the best of me. But you know what, not loving that anymore.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m thankful for those early years on SM. IT gave me a platform, a voice, and so many of my clients found me that way! And I will always appreciate those sweet gifts and opportunities.
But something is shifting…
When I go to Social it feels like stimulation, like anxiety, like a distraction.
When I come here it feels calm, peaceful, soothing, creative, open, spacious, and safe.
Lately, I have felt an epic EBB with regard to posting things on Social Media. I have just felt an increasing desire to DIS-ENGAGE with social media and to ENGAGE in a more powerful way with my community, family, friends, and the real people right in front of me.
And I know I’m not alone.
I started to google things like, “Is Social Media a thing of the past,” and some interesting things did come up. For example:
That said, after reading a few paragraphs I decided it doesn’t matter. I know where I AM, how I FEEL, and what direction I WANT TO MOVE IN.
But for real y’all, I literally just left this blog to check my comments on FB! UGGH!
When I plug into Social Media, I UNPLUG from the things that matter most!
I have spent the last 6 months debating with myself over this and it sounds a bit like this, “But Erin, how can you run a business without social, how will new clients find you, how will your classes grow, and maybe you are just using this as an excuse to hide and shrink, or perhaps this is a bad move. DON’T DO IT!” And the other side is, “Business thrived way before Social Media and it will way after. There is a SHIFT occurring and though I cannot put words to it just yet, I can FEEL IT. My intuition has never led me astray, so why would it now? What will be possible when this distraction is out of my life? I KNOW that even one picture, one tiny post, takes me AWAY from the present moment which is in conflict with my priority to be as present as possible and as engaged with my fellow community and loved ones as possible. There is so much abundance RIGHT HERE and so many opportunities to be of service and inspire and make a difference RIGHT HERE! Why keep floundering around in cyberspace?? Break up with Social and be done with it already!!”
Yeah, welcome to my head and the inspiration behind this blog!
Time for me to go public with this conversation and see how you’re feeling about it? Do you FEEL a shift taking place? What is calling you?
This morning, in my journaling practice, it occurred to me to make this a social experiment. I am planning to go off Social Media for at least 30 days. I want to see what opportunities manifest, what shifts happen in my mind, my heart, my body, my life. And will business get worse? Or will it GET EVEN BETTER??
So, SO, SOOOOOOO curious.
I am planning to start this very soon. I have a few things to do before it’s official (like confronting my fear about it), but I will let you know exactly when I intend to kick off this experiment! Stay Tuned 😉
Instead of social media videos and posts, I will put my energy and focus onto my very own blog, I will send out personalized newsletters to my email list and just get back to the things that I love. When I write on Social Media, I tend to let that take the place of my newsletters and blogs, and I am eager to see how I feel after a month of doing things differently!
I fully intend to take you along on this journey with me. You can find me here, on my blog, each week, reporting live from a day in the life of ME without Social Media!!!
Ok, now I’d love to hear from you! Anything you just HAVE to share about this topic? Maybe you feel the opposite to me? Or perhaps you are experiencing similar feelings? Either way, let me know in the comments below!
May you be present, peaceful, and prosperous!