OVERWHELMEDI've been feeling a bit out of sorts lately. I thought it was because Christmas was looming with all its inherent potholes that I can so easily fall into. But I realized it wasn't Christmas that was stressing me, it was being caused by the bombardment of social media. Blogging is a wonderful pastime, but it also clogs up my social media, fills my personal Facebook newsfeed with posts from people I have no idea about, and things I have no interest in - not to mention my email inbox was getting out of control. How did this happen??
I'm basically a minimalist - Neat and Tidy are my middle names. I don't have an inbox with hundreds of emails in it, I have maybe a dozen or so that are current and the rest are in folders or trashed. I hate sifting through mountains of incomings to find something that I actually consider important.
The same goes with my Facebook page. Facebook to me is a way of connecting into the lives of my children and my family and friends. It keeps me updated on what they're doing, who's getting married, who has a new baby, who is travelling, and all sorts of other trivia that is part of friendship and relationship.
WHAT HAPPENED?When I started my blog, I kept Facebook completely separate, because my friends and family weren't aware I was writing about my life on the internet. THEN I was convinced by popular opinion that you couldn't have a blog and not have a Facebook page for it! (Which is absolutely and unquestionably true by the way - if you don't have one then you should.) As for me...it was all well and good, I started a Cresting The Hill Facebook page, followed some other pages, liked and was liked back. THEN it snowballed because you can't like with your blog FB page because the FB gods don't favour it, oh no! You have to like and do all your interactions with your personal FB page.
Before I knew it, I had dozens, and dozens, and dozens of random new friends, updates all over my newsfeed that had nothing to do with my daily life, my family were asking me why I was liking baby food and nappy posts, and the messiness just grew like Topsy. I ended up with 50 or 60 people who I didn't know on my friends page and way too many pages that I'd liked but had no interest in - HOW DID THIS HAPPEN??
WHAT TO DO NEXT?I am so relieved that I didn't go down the Rabbit Hole of Twitter or Instagram - the thought of it almost brings me out in hives! Instead I have StumbleUpon, FlipBoard, G+, Pinterest, and the list goes on - mostly manageable and pretty much under control (well, except Pinterest - but that's a whole different cyber hoarding story right there!)
So what does a minimalist - who was a minimalist before it became fashionable - do when things have gotten completely out of control? Yes....she culls, and culls big time. I've started with all the Facebook groups that I belonged to and never contributed to, I followed up with all the random friends I had that should have been following my Blog FB page and not my personal one. And I've tidied up my subscribing and brought it into line.