Sunday, June 02, 2013

Experiments in social media

Okay, so I am a little scared to post this, to be honest.  Mostly scared that I will fail and not follow through with my plan!  But I figure I have a better chance of success if I "put it out there" for some accountability.  So here's the thing: I struggle with balancing my online time, plain and simple.  And I check Facebook waaaaay too much.  It's so easy to get sucked into the swirling vortex of social media and before I know it, the day is flying by and I wonder why I didn't get much done!  I want to form some new habits over this summer.  More intentional time with the kids, more reading time, more housework time (okay, maybe I don't *want* to do that, but it is a need! :)), more time grabbing onto life and not wondering where it went.  So I'm trying an experiment.  For now, I'm going to take this experiment just a week at a time.  I don't want to start out with a big, huge goal for the whole summer and then beat myself up when I fail in the first week or something.

So here is the plan:

  • No Facebook or Feedly (my new substitute for Google Reader, which I like a lot better!) until Friday.  Get it?  They all start with "F"--so it's easy to remember. :)
  • Pinterest may only be checked once a day--after the kids are in bed, or before they are awake.
  • Money Saving Mom (one of my favorite blogs) may be checked once a day, same with any personal friends' blogs--especially the friend who is due to have a baby soon. :)
I think this is enough to concentrate on for the first week.  Next week, I may add in parameters for email time, etc., and after that comes our vacation, which will probably be a whole different plan.  The main thing is, I'm going to focus on taking control of my social media time this summer.  I will let you know the results of my first experiment week after it's over. :)

**I still plan to post in my own blog this week--hopefully more than normal, since I will not be wasting time on Facebook or browsing everyone else's blogs. :)


Alicia Horn said...

Totally agree, Carrie! I'm in the process of doing a total FB fast but I have to wait until I finish up the last few straggling words with friends games I have going. Then I'm hoping to just abstain for the summer months. Just such a timesuck and distractor for me! Hope God enables you to reach your goals this week!

Mrs.T said...

Wow! Good for you! This is a big challenge. I'll be praying for you and looking forward to hearing how you do this week.

Kathleen said...

This is what I appreciate about you as a friend and are 'real', and you are can do it....I know you can, and I know you will!!!! Have a wonderful day!!!! :-) ~ Kathleen

Carrie said...

Thanks for the encouragement, ladies! :)