My Miscellany: I’m Not That Special
Happy Wednesday humans! As you may or may not know I boycotted all forms of Social Media yesterday. I also gave up my phone for the day.
Why did I do such a thing? Because I can’t stand Valentine’s Day this year. Maybe next year I won’t feel the same way.
Anyway…what did I learn from this little experiment? I am glad you asked!
I Rely Way Too Much On Social Media
Yup. I woke up fiending for my phone. I forgot to remember that, not only could I not check my comments and read other blogs, I couldn’t meditate or listen to music. I thought about my phone and blogging most of the day. Ya, I think I am going to have to set some boundaries for myself.
Blogging Is An Essential Component Of My Recovery
Having talked about boundaries, I realized how important it is for me to connect with other bloggers and to write my recovery posts. I missed the interactions. I missed posting material that I think might be helpful to others, or at least entertaining. I also missed the comments you guys post to me.
And this most definitely helps my own recovery tremendously. I think, if I had an extended absence from blogging, my wellness would definitely suffer. So thank you all for being a HUGE part of my recovery!
My Actual Blog Doesn’t Matter
Yes, that’s what I said. My readership dropped like a mafia kill into the ocean. I went from over 600 reads to 60! Oh my, that’s not good. My blog doesn’t matter because 95% of you read blogs through the reader. So all that fancy stuff I was going to add to my blog by switching over to wordpress.com? I’m going to save my money.
Hate to say it folks, other than your diehard fans, the majority of bloggers don’t bother visiting your lovely blog; they read your posts in the Reader. That is one thing I hate about wordpress: they should post titles to blog posts and force the reader to go to our blogs. I mean, wtf is the purpose of choosing lovely themes–even paying for better themes–if the majority of people only read posts through the boring Reader?
I’m Not That Special
That’s right. I won’t be burning up any blogger records any time soon. And I’m ok with that. If I were that special bloggers would have been like “OMG, Rob at justruminating.blog didn’t post any fresh content, let me get my ass over to his blog and read some of his previous 700+ posts.”
Nope, didn’t happen yesterday, never going to happen. Fact is, if you don’t post fresh content, and read other blogs DAILY, your going to sit in cyberspace by yourself until you do. I must say though, a few bloggers did actually go into my archives, and I am most grateful.
Well, there you have it. My lessons learned by boycotting all social media for 24 hours. And by the way, I am definitely not that important, I had 0 missed calls and 0 messages. Back in the day that would have me bent out of shape. Today? MEH.