When you disappear for a while or you’re not as active online as normal, people wonder if you’re OK? In the last few weeks, I haven’t been as active on social media as I normally am, down to the fact I’m in the midst of planning a few very large projects and JRTV100 is now picking up (as per expected)
With so much going on, my involvement in Twitter chats have seriously declined, to the point people are surprised to see me in even in one. I host two chats myself (#JRTVChat now runs on Monday’s and Friday’s @ 9pm BST and #BlogsUnite is on Sunday’s @ 6pm BST (soon to run twice a week)), which have primarily been my focus when networking with others.
It made me think whilst in Bournemouth yesterday, whether or not social media is a reflection of our lives or whether we post too much, just to get a single blog post heard.
I was once someone who would post every 15 minutes, with every 30 minutes being a blog post. It’s great for some if you’re always online, but as I’m now travelling all across the south for my projects and for JRTV100, it’s hard to schedule tweets. Scheduling tweets, once was my preferred method to promote my blogs, but I don’t have the time. I don’t have the time to sit there either once a night or once a week to schedule my tweets. I’m constantly on the go.
When you’re on the go, you feel bad. Yes, I’ve felt bad for being offline so much recently! I feel bad, as someone who you’d see at every chat going, I miss the interactions I have with others. I miss sitting there for an hour to learn more about the bloggers I love getting to know and to meet newcomers to the blogosphere.
Blogging teaches us that for our blogs to grow, we need to put in the time. We need to put in the time to interact, to engage and to learn. At this moment in time, the balance is hard. I never use the word “hard”!
It’s hard knowing I don’t have the time I normally would to be on social media, but it’s all going to be worth it. The campaigns, the projects, the fundraising challenges I’m planning behind the scenes will all showcase why sometimes you need time away from social media.
Taking time away from something is being real with yourself and those around you. Taking time away is understanding how to prioritise your time and how to think about the future, not just the present.
I laid there yesterday on Bournemouth beach having a moment to myself, questioning why as bloggers we spend so much time online. We are scared to lose people in our community, having put in the time to build something we’re proud of.
BUT GUESS WHAT?!…
I might not be online as much at the moment, but I’m still the same guy. I’m still the same guy, who loves helping others, whether it being in the blogosphere or through my volunteering, and turning them into blog posts.
I’m always here for people to chat to, to give advice to and to signpost, if volunteering is something you’d like to do, so whether I’m as active or not, don’t worry! I’m just being secretive to what I have coming up!
I do love a bit of suspense after all!