12/13/12

Time. The Ultimate Social Media Buzz Killer

So I've been more or less random in my posting on 3 Geeks lately. Preoccupied by work--I know, I know, why should I let that get in the way?--I have taken on quite a bit these past couple of years. Between going more digital and an expanding global footprint things have been rather hectic!

But even in my personal life, between volunteer gigs and speaking engagements and, well, doing the same old desultory chores that everyone else has to take care of while not working, I have spent less and less time on my own social media. Heck, I barely have time to respond to the onslaught of emails.

I rationalized that social media was just taking up too much of my own head time. I had a enough going on managing work and home to take the time to participate in the Twitter stream. I barely had enough time to check for DMs, Facebook notices, LinkedIn mail and scan a few Pinterest posts. But to sit down and write a cohesive sentence on what I really thought about it all? Nope. Not happening this year.

Don't get me wrong. I still love social media. I still think it is the most exciting place to be. I still love hanging out online and getting into a good chat-fest. But the real life stream swept me away for awhile.

But I need to remember that my friends on here are just as valuable and real as my friends off-line. I can get too wrapped up in the minutia of life and miss the opportunities to connect, share and bond. I have met so many great people online through my professional and personal blogs and accounts--I don't want to lose that.

So time. It all comes down to time. Should I spend 20 minutes shopping for shoes? Or 20 minutes writing a blog post? Should I spend 15 minutes perusing Pinterest recipes or 15 minutes on Facebook to touch base with my cousins in New Mexico? What really matters most?

It just reminds me of a song we used to sing in Girl Scouts, "Make new friends, but keep the old, One is silver and the other gold."

I can't forget where it all started. Thanks Geeks.

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2 comments:

Rebecca said...

The discussion of online vs offline friendships is always a curious one. For me it comes down to different types of relationships and friendships, but the distinction is not virtual vs physical. It is on a case by case basis, my friendships are all based on different reasons and situations. Rather than try to evaluate each one, I spend my time wherever brings me most joy at any given moment.

Peggy Gruenke said...

Toby - nice thoughts as we head into the week before Christmas, with friends, family, neighbors.

I love your blogs and share them with all my Cincinnati contacts. They are great. Thanks for taking your time to write and post. It is appreciated.

 

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