My Week Away from Twitter – Mostly #travel
I’m baaaack. Yes, Twitter you magnificent little vehicle for messaging, connecting, advertising, marketing, promoting and building friends I am back. I took a week off twitter, well mostly off twitter, Facebook, blogging and other social media, because of these guys. We haven’t had a vacation in over one year and let’s just say it won’t be that long next year. Kids grow too fast and Mom and Dad well, with work, school, extra-curriculars and so forth we were just a wee bit overextended there at the end of March. So I jumped at a holiday booked for us. I prepared some posts and scheduled some client updates to occur in my absence but my kids needed me present for our holiday and I listened, partly because they asked me and because I like a challenge. In 100 % honesty, I was a bit worried I couldn’t do it.
See my friends know my iphone is like my third hand. Miss @cyngagen and @downshiftingpro may have mocked me once or twice at last year’s Blissdom for never putting the gadget down and holding it while eating. I think one of them advised: “It’s not a utensil.” My family tolerate it because it is my job, my passion, and the way I write and tell stories. But still.
Twitter is my livelihood and social media is 24/7 if you do it well, so I wondered if I could manage. I had plans to take no gadgets with me, but my iPhone camera. Then at last minute when a client pointed out that scheduled tweets were in poor taste if a major disaster or event happened, I hauled a netbook away in event I needed to do crisis management. Happy to say, I didn’t crack it once. And, as for twitter, I mostly kept my promise. I checked on accounts twice and I posted 2 pictures to Instagram. And I was happy to have some access to twitter when I needed to locate the airline and fix our messed up accommodations. That is a whole other post about vacation disappointments. So, I am back and I succeeded in leaving social media for a week – mostly. Because connecting with family is more important than tweets and posts and shares and money. Every once in awhile we all need a little break to remember that.
Do you turn off your feeds when you travel with family?
We don’t have a choice! Usually camping somewhere where there is no cell coverage and we don’t usually pay for an electrical site. We do have a net book with us, but it is only used if DH gets a call from work about an issue he needs to resolve. This has only happened 2x in 6 years. So when we go camping we unplug almost completely.
Glad to see you did it! Sure the girls and your DH were happy to have your undivided attention. We’ll talk soon!
Karen Chayne Sanchez
yeah right, we really need to take a break sometimes and spend it with our family. Looks like you did enjoyed your family break! 🙂