My 7 Days Off Line
15th March – Day 1
Wake up in Dullstroom, check time, open Twitter app on my phone, curse myself – luckily I had logged out the night before so I don’t get tempted to check my TL.
Go for breakfast at Charlie C’s, I really want to check in on Foursquare. Lady that owns Charlie C’s asks me for Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe… I shared it and promise to return for tea.
I take pictures of Charlie C’s – no sharing… except with someone via Whatsapp… kind of cheated there, even though it’s someone I can chat to on Whatsapp I wasn’t supposed to snap away with my phone. My Mom says she’s got her eye on me.
Throughout the morning all I want to do is Tweet, so many things come to mind that I want to say and share, but alas I stay strong and refrain. Serious withdrawal at this stage.
BBM a preferred… Mom questions if I’m allowed to do that every time I even touch my phone… I want to Tweet how annoying this is, but obviously can’t 😉
Go for lunch at Pickle’s & Things – I used to work here during school holidays, damn the place has gone backwards! Menu has changed; not many great options & is badly designed, decor is lacking something and the four extremely young and playful little creatures that they have as waiters are running around giggling (we’re the only table inside), the food was good anyway. My Mom keeps mentioning that she wants to download Foursquare so that she can leave a tip at the place so people know how bad it is… not helping matters at all.
We go back to the Guest House (Fox’s Hill) to chill a bit; all I want to do is log on and see what is going on, but instead I pass out on the couch.
That night went to Mrs. Simpson’s for dinner, owned by Bryan & Steven – this couple are the best ever and own the best restaurant in town, their gorgeous kitty Wallis sits on my lap for most of the night whilst a table of 3 Swedish guys stare at me in shock. LOL – I want to Tweet, but what the hell my phone is in my bag and I don’t care 🙂
Later that night when I got back to my room I cheated on BBM, a lady I work with sent me a message; I read it and replied a few times.
And I had emailed my Aunt the night before to say Happy Birthday so did not end up going onto Facebook 🙂
Someone even sent me a message and tried to taunt me by saying there was huge gossip going down on Twitter; I didn’t budge.
16th March – Day 2
Kind of over everything at this point, I have literally forgotten about Social Media.
It’s the last day in Dullies 😦 but I am definitely ready to get back to Jozi!
Of course the drive back to Jozi was a little annoying, all I wanted to do was log in and chat to people; but still didn’t.
13:06 I receive a message from a BBM contact; when I did eventually read it today (22nd March) it is a broadcast message and I get pissed off.
14:26 a message comes through on BBM from someone about a very close friend of mine’s husband, later that afternoon I find out her husband passed away earlier that morning. I am absolutely devastated, I had made my status on BBM on the 1st Day “7 Days Off Line” and was not meant to change it, however I change it in support of my friend and leave it for the rest of the week.
For the rest of the evening I just enjoyed my time with my parents.
17th March – Day 3
Send a Happy Birthday message on BBM to my friend, still no Twitter, Facebook or Foursquare; I was coping quite well by now.
However, I must admit I was starting to miss a few of the people that I chatted to on a regular basis on Twitter.
Had a fabulous last day with my Mom & Dad, I don’t even think I was thinking about logging into anything.
18th March – Day 4
A bit of the blues 😦 hate it when my parents leave as I never know how soon I will be seeing them again.
As lonely as I was feeling still didn’t cave 🙂 I was quite proud of myself.
Made a rustic lunch, settled outside with a cushion and throw with my CharlieC and wait for it… I even got to read an entire Cosmopolitan from cover to cover! I enter the Contiki Thailand competition at least 15 times! It. Felt. Amazing to just relax.
19th March – Day 5
Back. At. Work… thank goodness for no distractions because I hit the floor and my emails running!
Of course I cheat again on BBM and send my girl Liza Sutherland a Happy Birthday message, by this stage I figured that it was okay to send BBM messages to one or two people. I had cut down a lot compared to a normal day.
20th March – Day 6
Again, nothing – I miss nothing 🙂
Except when I get to Liza’s Bday where everyone from the usual Twitter crowd is! It was so awesome to see and catch up with all the ladies, I had missed them so much and we had such a great night partying and celebrating that night – awesome party Liza 🙂
21st March – Day 7
OUCH my head *face palm* – this is why I do not drink to get drunk any more. I think I am giving up drinking next… indefinitely.
No Twitter on a boring Public Holiday – big mistake! Also my last day 🙂 woo hoo!!
Luckily I went into work that day, caught up on some much needed sleep and then caught a movie later 🙂 It was awesome!!
It felt fantastic to not be constantly ‘ruled’ by the need to respond to messages and share with everyone however I missed the daily interaction with some very special people I have made friends with on line, a lot.
The time I had for myself was awesome!
My battery actually lasted for at least 2 days at a time, and not 2 hours!
During the time I spent not talking to ‘Social Media Friends’ I spent time thinking and talking to old friends via SMS and BBM – it was especially great to talk to my friend Tammy.
I didn’t have to hit my breaks every two minutes in traffic… I will definitely not be messing around with my phone whilst driving unless in absolute stop dead rush hour traffic anymore – so not worth it.
The hotties in traffic are hot… but clearly a lot hotter when I don’t stare at them for long because I am too busy Tweeting about them to realise how not so hot they actually they really aren’t 😉
This morning I logged onto everything, eventually at 10am I started getting so annoyed with the notifications I logged off again.
I shall definitely from now onwards try ‘limit’ the amount of time I spend across all these platforms I cut out of my life for the last 7 days.
It was a great break, and can say I didn’t miss any of the negative, fake, crass and unfriendly crap that goes moves across my TL and in future will just be unfollowing/blocking these people.
To those that supported me this last week, carried on following me and welcomed me back with open arms today – thank you, you are all absolute rock stars!
From me – that’s a wrap 🙂