A few months ago I quit using social media.
I did not check the news feeds and I did not post updates throughout the day.
I checked in to see if I had any messages a few times a week.
To be completely honest, I have not missed it.
There have been a few times when people I knew personally assumed I knew what was going on in their lives from following them online, but when I started asking questions then we got to have a real, human conversation.
I liked that better than trying to read between the links of written posts anyway.
While I used to satisfy boredom during random parts of the day by checking those feeds, now I just open up my Kindle app and read.
Today, I am going to slightly adjust my hiatus from social media.
I am going to continue to make email my #1 form of online communication.
I am going to continue to block or avoid the news feeds.
But I will be:
- Posting links to these daily blog posts and other content I create.
- Interacting with other influencers that I am learning from as a creator.
I am going to tag anyone I need to thank for helping me learn something new.
I am going to reach out and say “thanks” to anyone I learn from.
The biggest reason is that it is a very quick and efficient way to communicate and connect with specific people.
When I first started these daily blog posts, I had a number of meaningful interactions with other influencers.
Gary Vaynerchuk’s retweet of a post I wrote about his $1.80 Instagram Strategy, for example, led to a lot of backlinks to this website.
I tweeted a post last week and got an immediate question about the content on my website that could be a good opportunity.
I do miss the mini-interactions I’ve had online and want to get out of my content-creation cave a little bit more than usual.
The point is, it takes two minutes to post a tweet that can make a big impact.