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Right… time I started posting to this blog much more regularly and frequently again.
Over the last six months or so I’ve become pretty jaded with the whole online scene. The urge to share everything with the world through blogging and social media channels waned.
I’m not sure what it is really… I think I just reached saturation point, and needed to step back a bit. In the real world I’m a pretty private person, quite happy to spend long hours alone. I’ve always been that way.
I’m sociable, and enjoy spending time with friends, but I’m not good in crowds and tend to keep myself to myself. I’m just as happy on a remote headland somewhere, or in the middle of a forest, with only myself for company. I guess the whole “share-everything-with-everybody” culture of social media was always rubbing against the grain. It just took a while for me to realise it.
There wasn’t a conscious point where I decided to take the foot off the gas either. It was more of an organic, subconscious thing. I simply blogged less frequently, stopped sharing everything with the world and liberated myself from behind a keyboard / smartphone more often and for longer periods of time.
One of the catalysts, I’m sure, has been a motivation to get out more and re-engage with my number one passion… wildlife… since receiving my stellar 40th birthday present in November (huge thank you Sally Ann). It’s helped me to focus, in more ways than one.
So I’m going to be resurrecting this blog, the blog over on my writing business site, and my social media engagement in general to be much more focussed this year… blogging, tweeting and generally engaging about things that I really care about, and I feel others will find useful, rather than wittering inanely about anything and everything.
My goal for this year is to continue my work helping business clients with their online content strategy – helping them to attract targeted traffic and boost conversion through focussed, well thought out and well executed content – but also to return to writing editorial for web and print publications on topics that interest me.
I don’t question the value of social media… it offers tremendous opportunity for both businesses and individuals to engage in productive interaction and collaboration. I’m still using social media every day… I’m just going to be doing it in a more focussed and (I hope) more productive way.
What about you… is anyone else out there feeling the same way about blogging and social media? Do you ever feel jaded with constant online interaction? Have you taken steps to remedy that?