Super popular organizing consultant — with even her own show on Netflix — Marie Kondo asks, “What sparks joy?” Anything else, you should strongly consider getting rid of. That’s her advice as she helps families organize their life. The same applies to social media. With that, I’m making changes.
I’ve been thinking about this for a while. Increasingly, I’ve grown sick of the often noisy, toxic and even deadly world of Facebook. It’s not going to be easy. Facebook has done a masterful job of wrapping its tentacles around the social fabric of our lives. Luckily, I’m not addicted. I barely used it before, often just to link to my blog post and spending 5 extra minutes responding to questions. Now, I don’t even link my posts. I’m down to maybe 5 minutes a week from my pervious 30.
Drink and Click and some other photography oriented events post to Facebook. I’ll keep my account, just to get those notifications.
Twitter is basically gone too, though I used it even less than Facebook. Years ago I followed two friends on Twitter and I couldn’t even recognize their personality. Rational in person, the tone of their tweets were unrecognizable and disappointing. I unfollowed them because I didn’t want to lose respect for them. What do you expect from a platform that works in 140 character chunks? It rewards snark and pithy — not a healthy way to communicate. Hey, at least they now upgraded to 280 character tweets.
The downside, of course, is that some of my friends get to my blog posts via Facebook and Twitter. That’s what these companies count on. They so dominate a market that it forces everyone to join or be left behind — at least that’s the fear, uncertainty and doubt that they spread. That’s the risk I have to take. But, I do offer an alternative.
I’m creating a monthly atmtx photo Newsletter. For anyone interested in my blog, but doesn’t want daily emails when I post, the newsletter might be perfect for you. I’ll feature the best of my posts, old and new as well as original content. It’s a convenient way to keep up with my photos, stories, travel, and gear with minimal added noise. I hope you like it.