Well, recently I've my feelings toward the internet have started to change (slightly). I feel really obligated to do certain things. I MUST blog every night at 11. I MUST fill up my Tumblr queue. I MUST look through all my new twitter followers and follow back. I MUST then read through all of their tweets. I MUST respond to blog comments (I try, really, but I am so bad at this one). It's started to feel like an obligation. Part of this obviously comes with the territory of being a blogger. If you want to build an audience, you have to be consistent in all forms of social media (the ones you use, anyway).
NOW, before you think that I'm just blogging to get an audience and that I don't actually like it - let me clarify. I LOVE BLOGGING. I LOVE TWEETING. I LOVE THE INTERNET (remember?) I seriously love all of those things that I mentioned above, too. It's just that as I've become more a part of this community, I've built up more relationships, discovered more blogs, and joined more networks than I ever expected. It's become A LOT. So I feel I should cut back juuuuuust a little, in the interest of quality over quantity. I still want to follow everyone on Twitter and read through all of your tweets, but it just sucks when a bunch of people who follow me just do it so I'll follow them, then I just get barraged with nothing but links to their etsy shop. And I have to weed through 10 of those to find every 1 of you who actually update your twitter and interact with people, etc. So from now on, I'm not checking my list of followers to follow back (and I'm cutting back on the ones who don't update regularly), so that I can pay more attention to the rest of you. If you follow me and want me to follow you back, it's pretty simple: TALK TO ME. If you respond to my tweets or mention me in yours, I know that you actually USE TWITTER and don't just auto-update it from blogger or etsy. I'll know that we can have conversations and you'll actually say things I can relate to, and then I'll be way more likely to follow you.
I'm also going to stop receiving comments to my email. I honestly think email is my most neglected thing. And when I receive comments there, I often pass them up because I see a note from a client or boss just above it. I want to respond to you, but my brain just doesn't work sometimes, and then when I do reply, I often realize (after my message is sent) that it was sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or whatever. So that sucks. I'm just going to respond to comments on the post or just leave a comment on your blog. I'm sure I'll be more likely to actually do it then.
Another thing I'll be cutting back on is Tumblr usage. I love this site because there's so much inspiration there, but there's also a lot of nonsense. I get really frustrated when I see really neat artwork that isn't sourced or when it's source is weheartit.com then you go to We Heart It and it's source is Tumblr. What? I also follow a lot of people there, and I always feel like I have to scroll through and see EVERYTHING. It's sort of unnecessary. I like updating my feed with fun craft projects, pretty outfits, and Harry Potter shenanigans. And I'll reblog the junk out of some knit pizza scarves, but I think I'll set a 10 page scrolling limit. There's no need to look at 40 pages of people running through fields and hearts drawn into the sand. There just isn't. Plus, I like Pinterest better these days, anyway.
I think that's a good start to cutting back so that I can really enjoy my internet experience more fully. I also want to say (in light of my being SO BAD at responding to comments) THANK YOU to everyone who reads and comments here. I honestly do appreciate it. And now that I'm regulating my internet usage, I'll be able to show more love to your wonderful blogs too!
So now I want to hear from you. Have you experienced anything similar to what I'm describing? Ever feel like some of your social networks have become a burden? How did you deal or cut back?
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