I’ve been away from social media for months now.
What started out as an experiment to practice what I preach in my debut novel The Invite surprisingly evolved into a new way of life.
The initial aim was to progressively reduce my usage over a 3 month period until I reached cold turkey.
Although the process had a few ups and downs it was ultimately a great success. Little did I believe it would strip away all desire to reignite a return to shares, likes and posts though.
What is odd about the decision, is that I’m not really sure why I became so switched off.
Ironically the only logical reasoning I can think of, is that the idea of remerging with an infinite online community seemed quite frankly, effort!
With the decision has come great freedom and a sense of tranquillity. No longer being governed by a reflexive impulse to keep checking my phone for updates or mindlessly scrolling for a 5 second dopamine hit, offered a state of happiness and released shackles I never truly believed I was chained to.
However, a time has now arrived when exciting new updates regarding my novel writing exploits are on the cusp of being unleashed, but my new lifestyle has created a dirty big brick wall to my launch plans.
Like it or not I must face the fact that there is a very slim opportunity to spread the word about my latest offering to the world, without actually engaging with the world. Near everyone lives online now and therefore I must return to their home in order to complete my quest.
And in all honestly, I’m quite daunted by the prospect.
I can say with 100% conviction that my return to social-ality will be more of flying visit rather than a permanent arrangement.
It is my hope that at the end of the journey others may also choose to join me and unplug, even if it is just for a while.
All social media talk aside, your probably thinking hang on a minute, what is the new novel exploit…?
Keep your eyes peeled for my next blog to find out! In the meantime enjoy world book day guys.