Can you take a break from social media? I’ve been offline much of the last month. Instead of doing social I’ve been out and about being social. I didn’t plan it that way, it’s just what happened. And it’s been grand.
I kept up with my offline work obligations – teaching assignments, coaching sessions and speaking engagements but I didn’t do all the extra odds and ends that fill my business days most of the time. I’m not saying I’ve unplugged completely. I’m not sure I could do that – even the campground I went to had (admittedly sketchy) free wi-fi. My Facebook Profile (which I keep private to friends and family) has been up to date and I’ve been reading many new blogs. But every action, or rather, in this case, inaction, has consequences.
So, let’s tally it up:
- My Klout score is down.
- My Facebook Insights have flatlined.
- I haven’t blogged. And comments? What are those again?
- My newsletter hasn’t gone out.
- My status updates look woefully neglected.
Yet, I did accomplish a great deal:
- I went RV camping.
- I plotted an impending bathroom reno.
- I read a dozen magazines and finished two novels.
- I saw The Smurfs movie and watched all 4 seasons of The Big Bang Theory.
- I played with my son and marveled at how he’s grown.
- I talked to my best friends with audible words not clicks.
- I walked by the river, along the beach and through the forest.
- And, best of all, I spent time with my husband doing nothing at all.
None of the offline stuff has anything to do with my work but I’m a more relaxed, tanned and content person now. Won’t those things make me a better researcher, writer and teacher?
So, while my social media scores are down, I don’t really think it matters. Over the next few weeks I expect they’ll rise again. And if they don’t, perhaps I was part of the wrong conversations and need to find some new ones.
Now, I’m curious, would you take a social media vacation?