I spent the second half of 2019 not looking at social media. Or at least I rarely looked at it. I still glanced at Reddit once in a while, either looking for an answer to a question or to look at news within a specific niche, like pro wrestling or ukuleles. And I still had my Twitter feed. I would tweet a couple times a week, send/receive direct messages, not really look at the timeline, and sometimes check my notficiations.
But Twitter is a recurring problem.
I like Twitter. It's been important to me in many ways. It's helped me get opportunities, make friends, and discover experiences. But as social media platforms are for most people, Twitter provides me with a lot of negatives:
I've had my Twitter account for over a decade. I've tweeted tens of thousands of times (I deleted many of them in 2019). I can confidently say that most of those Tweets were of no value. Yet, a small percentage delivered. I scored a writing gig because of a Tweet. I've been on podcasts, in part because of my Twitter presence. I've made friends that way, too.
But one thing 2019 taught me is that less it best, when it comes to social media. It's a tool, not a hobby, and my focus now is to treat it as such.
Written January 25, 2020