Since I took my sabbatical from social media in November, I’ve tried to stay off of it as much as possible, and let me tell you, it feels good.
So good, in fact, that I decided to take a whole year off of the thing. Which feels amazing. Especially Facebook. Fuck Facebook these days. They’ve somehow made it so you don’t get any of the information you want and all of the drama you can do without.
I haven’t missed a single thing about Facebook.
But I have missed Twitter.
Not missing it in the way I used to, as this thing I obsessively check, but missing the connection it gives me to my community.
On a typical day, I’m with toddlers, farmers, needlepointers, shoppers, chefs, paralegals, tea drinkers, nurses, people with lives and jobs that are wonderful but so far from mine that it is hard to connect about work.
Twitter is my place to get knowledge and ask for help, and that is an important resource for someone in a field as taboo as sex.
In the same way I kept Instagram because it aligned with my core desired feeling of being connected to the people and things that I love, I have decided to keep Twitter.
However, because my past use of Twitter was obsessive, I’m implementing goals to keep me and my Twitter feed focused.
My new Twitter goals:
- Be a place people get links to relevant work in the field of sex, sexuality, gender and gender identity.
- Amplify the voices of people I admire.
- Respond to posts I like in length on the site I found it, not on Twitter.
- Keep the people I follow under 500, anything over that and I miss important things in the white noise.
- Keep it off my phone and check it only once a day on my computer. Retweet and tweet from HootSuite (where I am less likely to stare at the screen for hours).
- Stop tweeting personal things that aren’t 100% relevant to Queerie Bradshaw as a brand.
- Don’t tweet or be on Twitter when I’m around Alex, family or friends (unless they are also on there, e.g. at a conference with Mona Darling or while making vagina pancakes with Epiphora, RedHead BedHead and Queeroschino Cherry).
- Stop live-tweeting events I attend. Be present.
I’ve enlisted friends and colleagues to help keep me aligned with these goals, so I feel confident that I will keep them.
What are some of your social media goals? Need help keeping yourself on track? Let me know, I’m happy to help!