Tuesday, February 5, 2013
It all started with vine, the new app I'm sure you've all heard of by now because it seemed to spread like wildfire. Curious, I immediately created an account and then proceeded to do absolutely nothing about it. I haven't posted anything, or checked out what other people are posting.
Vine got me thinking and I did a little inventory... I currently have 4 email addresses, 2 blogs (one's inactive), 1 website, 1 facebook page, 1 instagram account, 1 flickr account, 1 twitter account, 1 Vine account and 1 pinterest page. That's a lot. It's a lot to maintain - managing not only my own online activity, but also feeling like I'm keeping up with other peoples' social media.
A few days ago, a friend who is approaching the end of her pregnancy posted on her facebook page that until her baby is born, she'll be taking a facebook time out. Then a couple of nights ago my husband randomly announced that he would go internet free this February (with the exception of work).
This made me think about what I can do to manage my time more wisely. I'm not planning on going completely internet free, rather I think these events have led me to the conclusion that I want to be more careful with how I spend time on social media. For example, I took forever to get a twitter account and once I did, I never really got the hang of using it. I haven't tweeted in months. I just don't get it. Instagram, however, I love and use often. So perhaps I'll get rid of twitter, but keep instagram. Vine seems like just another thing to steal my time, so that may not make the cut. I also think that I'll deactivate my facebook account for a while around the time baby's due.
What social media do you love and what could you live without? Do you, like me, sometimes feel overwhelmed when new things crop up? How do you try to use your time wisely?
photo of me instagramming by Ellen Arthur