I’ve been flirting with switching where I share my social feed to for ages but recently made the investment in getting into Micro.blog. I’ve created a feed linked from the blog here. You may have already noticed I’m posting less and less on Twitter as I become more jaded on the service but my blog and Micro.blog feel more relaxing to me and how I want to use a blog and social platform. Appreciate not everyone will come over but I’d recommend at least giving this a read if you’re feeling overwhelmed by social networks.
I’m constantly trying to get better at managing my social media time and I thought the best first step (this time!) was to move everything social to my iPad. I use the iPad more intentionally so I’m going to manage social along with my blog in a folder of it’s own. On the iPad I have a blog folder with all of my Blog stuff, it’ll live in there.
If you’re trying to cut back on your social media a bit then I’d recommend moving it off your smartphone and onto a laptop or tablet so that it’s less of a temptation and more intentional.
You know I struggle with social media, I got into Twitter pretty deep and needed to get out and regain some headspace. I’ve done a few steps to help this including unfollowing everyone and removing the apps from my iPhone.
What I’ve found is that the best way (for me) is to schedule in my social media time. I have a reminder to log into Twitter every two weeks and in that time I check my notifications and DM’s. I then spend this time to reply to any that I have.
I’ve found that this has started to help me be more creative in my writing as I’m not constantly plugged into others opinions. It’s also allowing me to take time to just be bored and have some quiet time.
Today I set a Reminder:
I’m hoping this gets me back to only checking Twitter weekly. Between snarky responses and getting lost in threads containing negativity I need to get it back off my phone and get some headspace back.
I started using Micro.blog a little while ago now and although I don’t use it as a Twitter alternative, I do use it to post small updates to my blog. When I experimented with it a while ago I found that being off Twitter so much more helped me be more creative and gain more followers to my blog as my content went there instead.
My main issue with this was the lack of interaction as readers don’t tend to like to comment on blogs as there are more barriers to entry.
So I’m going to make the following changes for a month or so so see what happens and if I get some more headspace back.
- Delete the Twitter apps from my iPhone
- Check Twitter once or twice a week (instead of multiple times a day) for interactions on my content
- Post updates to my blog from Micro,blog, not long form but smaller updates on how things are going
See you on the blog.
I’m only on day 3 of not using Twitter and whilst I’m using my iPhone less I’m missing out on engagement. I’ve come to realise that the majority of my shares and comments on what I write is done via Twitter. I’m seeing great growth by posting on my blog in short form instead of writing it on Twitter but not seeing the resulting engagement.
So I’ll be back on Twitter but will curb it down to checking it a few times a day. This is all about self control. I’ll also be heavily muting and unfollowing so that I don’t see anything that I don’t want to. My main app will be Tweetbot but I’ll need to use the official app just to check notifications of likes and RT’s. I’ve also notified that Tweetbot doesn’t get all of my mentions.
If you’re creating content, especially around technology then I feel you have to be on Twitter but if you don’t want to see the negative side I’ll be avoiding reading threads and only checking a few times a day, well that’s my goal anyway.
I use Tweetbot and lots of filters but I’m still being shown hate or political posts I don’t want to see. I also feel compelled to read threads, something that’s very bad for all of us.
You may be able to take social media comments with a pinch of salt but for me right now I can’t.
So I’m taking a break from Twitter, this is the first step to maybe moving off the platform permanently.
I’m still going to be sharing my thoughts but I’ll be much more focussed on doing it via blog posts like these.
For those people that know me, I’ll still be on the various slack channels and iMessage threads.
I’ll also be adding a contact page to my blog in case anyone wants to reach out for anything.
Let’s see how long I last.