Last September, when my Facebook time was getting a little out of hand, but before I’d penned my first animated video script, I asked my beloved spouse take over my account. She changed the password, and once a week, she signed me in so I could check my account.
I can tell you’re impressed by my willpower.
When I realized that Facebook worked just fine in small doses, I started dialing down my Internet presence to get back to heavy, intensive writing.
Then on October 9, I wrote and uploaded the Law School video. And people started sharing it like crazy on … wait for it … Facebook. According to my YouTube stat page, the video has been shared on Facebook almost 200,000 times. I owe all my success to the social media I was trying to step back from.
Over the next few months, I learned how important social media had become for a writer. I immersed myself in blogs, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook fan pages, Kindleboards, Absolute Write, and so on. And now that I have published an eBook and am seeking to promote it, the Web is more important than ever to my future as a writer.
But I need a break. My brain is fried. I can't even think of a clever metaphor to describe my current brain condition.
So starting at 5:00 p.m. today, I’m totally unplugging myself from the Internet until Tuesday. This will be the longest stretch I’ve ever been away from my digital overlords. Again, I can see the admiration in your eyes. Just remember ...to quote Charles Barkley, I am not a role model.
Obviously, I’d be suffering from a severe case of megalomania if I thought for an instant that your life would be negatively impacted by my temporary absence from the Web, especially over a long holiday weekend.
I’m writing this post more for me than anything, to remind myself that the world does not begin or end in my wireless router.
See you next week. Enjoy the long weekend!