Keeping it Simple.

On Wednesday, I posted both on Facebook and twitter that I’d be taking a bit of a social media hiatus.

August 15 – 28, 2012: My Social Media Vacation

Unlike most hiatuses, this one is not for an unspecified amount of time – I am thinking of keeping it limited to these two weeks that I am between Summer and Fall semesters from grad school (speaking of, I will be posting a bit of an update on my MLS progress soon too) – so that means around August 28 I’ll most likely be back and posting away, but between now and then, I’ve established a few guidelines for my hiatus:

  • I will check Facebook and twitter approximately twice a day – I know this sounds counter intuitive to staying off those social media platforms, but compared to my regular set-up of them running all day in the background, either on my work/home computer and my iPhone, it’s huge. The reason I am establishing this rule is because I do belong to a few groups that push updates on FB (the track club, for one) and I don’t want to miss anything important.
  • I have removed FB and twitter from my iPhone – this was a big one. I noticed that I mindlessly check both of these constantly on my phone, even when I have no real reason to. I have, however, kept instagram and I will continue to update dailymile (which can post directly to FB or twitter). Additionally, I will utilize Yelp.
  • I’m still reading blogs – I love reading and writing and I need to stay connected to my favorites – and on that not, welcome back, Megan and congratulations, Janae! πŸ™‚

There’s no big reason that I decided to cut back on social media for these two weeks,Β  but I hope to have some sort of insight at the completion.

In the meantime, if you’d like to get in touch with me, I am available via email at khiguchi at gmail dot com πŸ™‚

How often do you check your social media channels?
ETA:

Check out my latest post on Beyond Distance here – it’s about Runner’s Safety! πŸ™‚

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8 thoughts on “Keeping it Simple.

  1. I find myself needing to take breaks and disconnecting from things often. Sometimes I take drastic measures and do things like delete my blog entirely (LOL I know you noticed that in the past). I did get rid of Facebook for several months and it was really liberating. I came back to FB but I am rarely on it, don’t care for it anymore and will probably delete it soon. I hope you enjoy your break. You will be missed on twitter! And please don’t stop blogging. Your blog was one of the very first ones that I followed and started reading on a regular basis and was definitely a motivator to start my own. Enjoy this time! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts after this hiatus. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for your kind words, Michelle! I definitely will keep blogging, and probably will even have a better focus on the blog for the next two weeks, as I won’t be having my regular twitter outlet for all my random thoughts haha πŸ˜€

  2. Enjoy your hiatus! I think I should remove the social media apps from my phone sometimes too….
    I took a short break last week when I was on vacation, but I also think I some what disconnect over the weekends because I get so busy.

  3. You go girl!! You’re an inspiration, I need to do this. It’s getting sad how much I look at FB. Check out FlipBoard, as I told you last week:-) great for blogs on your phone!

    • Hey Hannah! Wish we had more time to chat yesterday! I did get Flipboard and this past weekend, I also ordered an Otterbox case for my iPhone! Love it so far. Thanks for your awesome suggestions πŸ™‚

  4. If I hadn’t found success in my career in social media, I probably wouldn’t be on any site and be doing something completely different. That said, I make sure to take breaks, even if it’s just a few hours after work.

    As for your Otterbox comment, I liked mine for about a month, then it got annoyingly bulky. I’ve gone “naked” with my iPhone for about 2 months now — it’s amazingly freeing. πŸ™‚

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