I have too decided to do the #7DaysOffline challenge (yes for me it is actually a challenge).
I need to have a break from it all, Twitter, Facebook, Hootsuite, My Blog :(, Foursquare, Emails, BBM, Whatsapp and my newest love Pinterest! The internet and information ‘overload’ is just getting too much, that and the fact that I am trying to get a break from all the negativity and unhappiness on certain platforms.
I was going to do it from Sunday last week (11th March) as my parents are up visiting and I wanted to spend all my time with them… Then I thought I should do it during a normal work week so that I could actually note the difference during this ‘normal’ week without all of the above. Anyway, I have now decided that I need to start tonight (14th March), which will include the time while my parents so I can enjoy my time with them and I will go until midnight on the 21st March, which includes work and normal daily activities as well – I shall only observe the traffic hotties and will have to drink wine alone 😉
As Matthew said, often we are so busy checking in on Foursquare, Tweeting/ Facebooking and Blogging about it we don’t actually cherish the moment in front of us anymore.
What I absolutely love about Social Media is the sharing with all the people you don’t know that share similar interests and feelings about what you are saying; and as most would know I am absolutely addicted to sharing. So this is going to be difficult.
No Twitter – none whatsoever, I will log off my account on my Twitter application on my phone tonight. No scrolling through my TL, DMing, Tweeting… nothing.
No Facebook – again same as the above, absolutely no activity whatsoever, BUT – as it is my Aunt in Zimbabwe’s 60th Birthday on the 15th March I may log in, send her a message, NOT check any notifications or my TL and log right back off again. Family first.
Hootsuite – No scheduled messages at all.
No Blogging – I may not post anything on my Blog until this is over… not even a Sexy Kiss of the Day :(, as I have all the kisses on my Laptop I will just save them and post them all next week at once 🙂
Hmmm I love kissing, I’m getting distracted…
No Foursquare – I will log off the application and not check in anywhere, which really really sucks because I wanted to check into Charlie C’s in Dullstroom :(, I love you Charlie Chaplin.
BBM – now this is slightly difficult, well I only have 68 contacts and if I even chat to 8 of them on a regular basis it is a lot. I will chat to my parents – Family first, Ceri Grenfell as it is your Birthday I will chat to you on the 17th March :), Tammy D – she’s my bestie, no blocking her out ever, Elismha – you make me smile so I’m keeping you ;). And since I am sure I will need to vent about this whole thing; Matthew, you have indeed made the list because you will know what I am going through and may need to encourage me to keep going 😉 As for the rest, I will not even open your message, sorry in advance! Oh and no changing of my status and profile picture!
Whatsapp – Mike, you’ve made the cut 😉 haha. And my cousin Clarence has made the list too.
Pinterest – No browsing at all! All those pretty and funny pictures… missed! And I have recently introduced my mom to it so she better not show me anything… wait does it count if she logs in, browses and shows me things?
Emails – I am logging off of Gmail & Yahoo as they are the only 2 connected to my Social Media networks. Vodamail & work emails will be allowed.
And as I am always to happy to snap away from my Smartphone camera I am going old school and I will carry my small camera around and take pictures ‘the old school’ way 😉
As Matthew did, I will take notes of how I coped along the way… not all the time as that defies the point of getting a break. I will share it with you all on my Blog here next week 🙂
Wish me luck with my #7DaysOffline stint!