Social Media Burn out. Facebook. Twitter. Blogging. Google +. Pinterest. Whateverthecrapelse.
Sometimes it’s just too much. Sometimes we just need to find the internet escape button for all forms of connecting. Sometimes we’re too connected.
It happens to everybody, but we bloggers are particularly prone to it. It’s super common to hear of people giving up Facebook for lent, or of bloggers taking a one month sabbatical towards the end of summer, or for people putting time limits on their internet use, complete with countdown buzzer.
Do what you gotta do. There comes a time for everyone when they have take a step back from engaging in social media. It’s a double edged sword, this social media thing. There are seasons when it’s downright rejuvenating and exciting and there are seasons when the last thing you want to do is read. another. blog.
Follow those instincts. I got fairly burnt out from blogging the past quarter or so. For the first time, I stopped posting every day, just because I simply didn’t have words to write. I stopped my weekly Plank Pullin series. I also didn’t read anyone else’s posts. I couldn’t bring myself to engage in twitter at all. And I couldn’t even begin to figure out the Google + or Pinterest thing. I still used the internet, I just didn’t engage much. Instead I focused more on my real life relationships and house church community.
And that was okay.
Now that season is passing and I’m feeling inspired again. Suddenly, words are finding their way out of my fingers almost faster than I can type them. I’m investing myself in new projects. I even volunteered to edit and administrate a soon-to-relaunch- website which, in addition to the editing responsibilites, has me now moderating an extra twitter account and facebook fanpage. And I’m loving every minute of it.
Life, inspiration, and rest comes in seasons. Go with it.
Don’t feel bad if you have to disengage for awhile. And also don’t feel bad when your muse returns to you and you engage a lot. It all balances out somewhere.
Are you in a phase of social media engagement or disengagement?
*image by Johanna Goodyear via Dreamstime.