Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and all sorts of other websites; we call them social media. What’s the point?
I joined MySpace first, back in ’05 or ’06. Even then I was a bit embarrassed. But I was producing a podcast back then and MySpace was necessary, so I thought. Then the others caught my attention. In early 2007 I joined Facebook and Twitter.
In the beginning they were cute, and mostly just for geeks. But as normal folk started joining up, I began to see the increased potential. Because my podcast was a Christian music podcast, it also had a ministry element. I was using blogging software to organize and publish the podcast notes and feed, WordPress. So I was able to see the ministry value of the social media. And it didn’t take much to connect the dots for everyone getting something from these social oriented websites.
About the same time, I joined the wonderful, sometimes underground, world of photography. First I joined Zooomr, then Flickr and Facebook. They all blended well with the larger social community.
You can only imagine that a real world social butterfly like me, coupled with a moderately successful podcast, and a growing list of photo-buddies, had a fast growing list of contacts and people I interacted with. I’m not trying to brag. It was my reality.
Add to this my tendency to hyper-focus, and it was a recipe for a serious problem. I hate the word addiction, cause it oft times robs the offender of responsibly. I was addicted, and it was all my fault!
Some people would joke or tease. But few were brave enough to rebuke. In fact no one ever really rebuked me, and I needed it.
In the past few months I’ve been slowly seeing that I pay entirely too much attention to the internet as a whole. Now, there are tremendous uses for this tool that is the internet. It is of great value to the growth of relationships, community, and the Kingdom. Yet we all know the dark things found on the internet as well. It is just a tool.
I have decided to re-evaluate my use of this tool.
As a Christian, I have seen the successful growth and maturity achieved through spending some special time alone with God. I’ve seen and experienced the proper use of fasting for similar growth as well. Not just from food, but all sorts of things can be fasted from.
Any and all use of social media I will fast from, for the month of March. I genuinely don’t want to sound like I’m proud or bragging at all. I promise that my goal here is to re-evaluate how and why I use social media. In April, I hope to write a post like this, sharing with you what I’ve learned. I may return with a very different purpose for those places you can find me online, like Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and even this blog. During March, I do not plan on posting anything on Twitter or Facebook. Nor will I post any new photos to Flickr. I won’t be catching up on any blog reading on Google Reader either, nor will I be writing any new posts here.
What will I do with all this free time? You’ll just have to come back in April to find out.