It was highly recommended that if I wanted to write things I must be on social media. It took me some time, a lot of thinking, and my own researching, but I finally did it. I drudged through the process and created the accounts. Now, I’ve disconnected. LinkedIn. Facebook. Fan page. Twitter. Google +. Okay. Now what?
If you know much about me you’d know I’m quite an introvert. I can sure play the part of an extrovert at times, but I like to think, reflect, and keep to myself. Social media isn’t my cup of tea. In fact, if it wasn’t for writing books and trying to spread a message I wouldn’t have considered rejoining social media. I was already disconnected for over a year and loving it until I rejoined (perhaps a year ago).
“People want to keep in touch with you and see what you’re doing.” This was one common thing I heard. But I’m too private to open my personal life to people, at least online. If people truly wanted to do this, in my opinion, they’d be in touch. They’d have my number, my address, my e-mail, and they could be in touch in those ways. Is it as easy as pushing post on Facebook? Perhaps not. If it’s too much work than it’s too much work. So be it.
Nevertheless, I joined the sites. I played the game, I got likes, I accumulated followers, I did the things I was “supposed” to do. I found little value in all of this. My writing, marginally impacted. In fact, the time I spend managing and promoting posts and books actually takes time away from writing. I want to focus on writing, that’s why I write. I don’t want to manage social media, which I don’t like.
This isn’t a post only about me. It’s a post to get people to think about getting “disconnected” if it is right for them.
I hear more and more people these days talking about, and actually saying goodbye social media. I know when I pull the plug on these outlets, very shortly, that I am going to breathe a tremendous breath of relief. Will my message take a little more work to spread? Maybe. Is it worth the time I spend on social media? Absolutely.
If you love social media, then love it. If you don’t love social media, say “goodbye social media.” Don’t do it because everybody else does. In fact, don’t do anything because everybody else is. Lead, don’t follow. There are other ways to get your message across, and it mustn’t be behind a keyboard or phone. In fact, sometimes those are the least efficient and easier ways out of doing something.
I don’t want to feel stuck on my phone.
I don’t want my kids absorbed in social media and the crap that seems to find its way to people. I’m not “disconnected from the world” as I was once told. In fact, I’m more connected with my world, and that’s how I can have an even greater impact on the people around me.
If you’ve followed any of my accounts, I thank you for your support. If you’d like to remain in touch or see what I’m doing, please visit me back here at www.coreymorong.com. This has become a valuable tool for what I’m doing and I will continue to create awesome things to help others, as well as myself. It’s just that now, after I click “publish,” I won’t need to click a ton of buttons to share it to social media.
I came here to write, and write I shall. Bookmark this page, come back when you need a pick me up or want to talk . Call me, text me, send a letter, or visit me in person. Let’s have a real conversation. But don’t social media me anymore. It’s not you. It’s me.