Thursday, 17 February 2011
time for a change
it's a weird time right now. for those that know me (or at least who've spoken to me recently), you'll know what i mean by this.
but something else has happened. i've started to fall out of love with the internet. or at least with social networking sites.
tonight i updated my status on facebook to say i'd be deleting my account and for any friends who actually want to see me or get in touch properly to text me or e-mail and then i can arrange to meet up with them. i have considered leaving facebook *many* times before but haven't because i felt it was helping me stay in touch with friends in cyprus, york, norway, switzerland etc (you guys know who you are). but it's a fake staying in touch. because it means i actually e-mail / speak to / visit them less as i feel i know what they're up to in life as i've seen what they're up to on facebook. madness.
then there's twitter. now don't get me wrong, i think twitter is a really fabulous resource. i've seen how new parents, small business owners, knitters (to name a few) take advantage of this platform. and i have loved my time on twitter. i've also met some great people in real life through it and plan to meet some more (in bristol and london). the list of people on twitter i wish lived in bristol is actually quite long - it's you guys who i chat to most - you know who you are. we've exchanged DMs or e-mails or i've #ff'd you many a time. plus it's been truly inspiring for my knitting.
but recently (actually, it's not that recent, it's been building up for some time), i feel like the internet is an unhealthy place. it makes me lazy at keeping in touch with my real mates as often as i should (and want to). and i spend far too much time on it. i tried a brief internet 'diet' and felt stressed i'd miss what people were up to or that i wouldn't be around to respond to their impending news (baby about to be born, close family member about to pass away). earlier this evening i did a huge cull of people i follow. and i felt guilty! guilty for unfollowing people i rarely speak to on twitter, have never met in real life and never will do. crazy!
then onto blogging, i'm not sure about this one. i only blog when i feel the urge. i never schedule posts or set myself targets (other than taking one photo a day for my flickr 365 project which i'm (kind of) enjoying). i have culled my google reader list too so i now read less blogs. i may stop blogging altogether but i think that's unlikely. i enjoy it, find it calming in a weird way and, most of all, find it a very pleasing way to log my thoughts and projects. like an online diary but not too personal.
i am planning to sell some of my knitted goods in the near future and i may set up a twitter account, facebook page and blog to promote this separately. or i may just decide to continue taking commissions and then sell a whole load of stuff at a market twice yearly. but i won't be tied to the internet to make the most of my knitting business if i don't want to be since that would take the pleasure out of knitting, which would be the most upsetting thing of all...