Remember this post?
Well, it’s one day early, but I’m officially putting an end to the hiatus – no surprise to most of you reading this, of course, since you’ve probably seen that I’ve been back on twitter and the like for the last few days, anyway 😉
Despite the fact that I didn’t quite stick with my parameters, I still consider the experience a success. Why?
- Distancing myself from facebook and twitter allowed me to refocus on WHY I use these forms of social media to communicate. Simply put, being “away” from my friends on these platforms made me realize how important these people – some I have never met IRL (in real life) mean to me. Social media truly is a valuable form of relationship building, and stepping away from it emphasized how “connected” my life has become.
- My return to twitter (before facebook) taught me many things – one, that I prefer a clean, linear layout, and secondly – I am always down for a fast-paced conversation (hello, #runchat!) But really – it’s an amazing prospect – communicating in a limited character space (I now think in 140 characters) has challenged me to become more concise in my communication style. No more rambling for days…that’s what this blog is for, right? 😉
- After an initial dip, I actually gained followers in the past 2 weeks – from August 17’s 1,184 followers to this morning’s 1,208 – perhaps the lesson here is the time-tested one: quality over quantity (when it comes to tweets).
These are but a few revelations that made themselves clear to me, as I contemplated this “lessons learned” post – and while I could wax poetic on the 1,208 other reasons I am glad I did what I did, each could be wrapped up in one over-arching statement – and that is: I realized that social media is no longer a choice.
We live in a world that is constantly plugged in. Our choices on how we want to connect with it are many, but based upon our interests, chosen career fields, ‘stage’ in life and place we live, it’s more and more important to embrace the technology that surrounds us. Though it may often get a bad rap as a “time suck” or source of endless procrastination, social media can do so much more: connect us to friends, clubs, associations, earn us discounts, reunite classmates and yes, even inspire us to live fuller lives.
I love social media and I am not afraid to admit it – and I am excited to share that I will be taking a course this semester in Social Media Management as part of my Master’s program to elevate that interest into an even more marketable skill.
What is your preferred form of social media?