I’ll let you in on a little secret: I have a wee bit of an addictive personality. Fortunately, it doesn’t manifest itself in any particularly nefarious ways (anymore, anyway – I quit smoking in March!), but I’m still a bit of an all-or-nothing gal.
That’s why I’ve decided to take a long break from Twitter.
Now, before you accuse me of pulling a Miley for announcing it so publicly, I’m not doing it for the attention. I’m doing it so you’ll hold me accountable.
Why Twitter and nothing else? Well, blogging is a necessity, something I do when I’m feeling inspired. I write all over the place. Facebook is important for keeping up with old friends, and I almost never get engaged in any conversations there. But since last January, I’ve found myself spending a wee bit too much time on Twitter. I knew I’d hit crazy town a few weeks ago when I actually got blocked out of Twitter for a couple of hours for tweeting too much. Yeah.
And before you think I’m some sad sack who sits around in my parents’ basement (well, I’m guessing most of you know I’m not), hear me out: I do spend a lot of time online. For work. For work outside of work. Next to my boyfriend, who is also online most of the day for work. Twitter has become a part of that – the conversations typically don’t distract me from the work I’m doing at any given time, but they do occasionally cause me anxiety (such as a recent argument about social media in Saudi Arabia). WTF, right?
And so I’m taking a break from my primary account, jilliancyork (I’ll still have to tweet from work accounts from time to time of course). Not for any specific period of time, just long enough to wean myself from the addiction. I’ll be back, for sure. After all, I am speaking on the media140 panel at the International Festival of Journalism in April!