Ditch Social Media

Ditch Social Media. Seriously.

Happy March, lovelies! I hope February was kind to you (even if you live in a frozen tundra, like me). What have you been up to for the past month? As some of you know, I took February off of Twitter to get deep into the final revision of my current manuscript. What started as a means to get work done turned out to be a much needed break. A month later, I realize, sometimes you just have to ditch social media.

It’s funny, really. I didn’t know how badly I needed a break from Twitter until I forced myself to have one. A month off has given me some much needed perspective. I deleted TweetDeck off of my computer, the Twitter app from my phone. That’s all it took. Out of sight, out of mind.

In a month of Twitter-less bliss, I got more editing done than I’d accomplished in the preceding several months. I also took a vacation. If you missed it, I shared some of my adventures on my Instagram.

Twitter has tended to be a negative space for me. Don’t get me wrong, there are some really wonderful things about Twitter (Book Twitter, for one). However, my timeline routinely features negative commentary on things that I just don’t care about. No matter how much I filter my timeline, that negativity still seeps in. The only solution, I’ve realized, is to take a break.

Yesterday, I went on Twitter for the first time since taking my hiatus. To my surprise (and total, utter delight to be honest), my timeline and notifications were FILLED TO THE BRIM with love and support. I don’t know how that happened or why, but I am so thankful and awed by the writing community on Twitter. Wow. I love y’all.

For now, Twitter remains a place I’ll spend some of my online time. What I’ve learned from taking a month off is a lesson I’ll carry with me for the rest of my social media days: when social becomes a negative space, DITCH IT. Even if only for a little while. A month off of Twitter did a world of difference for my revision, my mental health, and my overall happiness. I can now return to that space with optimism in my heart. And when Twitter gets to be too much (because let’s face it, it will), I’ll take another break.

Sometimes you have to be cutthroat about negativity in your life. Don’t apologize for that.

Bree Crowder

Bree Crowder is a writer of dark and strange tales, and a freelance editor. She holds a B.A. in English, a graduate certificate in Creative Writing, and an M.A. in Creative & Critical Writing. Writing, reading, photography, and travel are a few of her favourite things.

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