I always have said, social media, ironically, makes us more antisocial. There is nothing social about sitting by yourself in front of your computer at 2 a.m. next to your cat posting to Facebook because you can't sleep. It is a very lonely place to be. I know. I have been there. Unless you have a glass of wine or chocolate to help you out, it is kind of depressing.
I have had to learn social inside and out, for the sake of my blog as well as being in advertising. I thought it best to learn in the trenches so I could advise my clients how best to use social. I have found it to be a great creative outlet for me. I have rediscovered my love of writing. I have made many friends and made many connections on my blog journey. It has been amazing. I have reconnected with childhood friends that I would never have been able to do without Facebook. But I have noticed some disturbing things about myself over the past few months.
I addictively go to Pinterest to unwind at night for hours. I find it difficult to focus on specific projects if I am at my computer at work. My email and status updates continue to interrupt me. My brain seems to be "buzzing" all the time. It is very strange. Maybe there is something to all this, I don't know. But I recently ran a creative summit at work for my staff, and a lot of it revolved around actually unplugging and giving yourself quiet time to think. I will be posting a condensed version of my presentation to share with you all. It has to do with tactics to keep yourself creatively fresh in the frenzy of your day. Whether you are a foodie, a crafter, an artist or a writer, we all need time to allow our creative soul to play. I am not sure if social helps or not...the jury I guess is still out. But take a look at this and decide for yourself.
But I guess I will try and lay off Pinterest tonight!
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