A Social Media Free March
Way way back when, I used to “Go Dark” for a week during the summer turning off all electronic devices for one week. In the spirit of that “movement,” but accepting that things have changed and that is no longer very feasible, I’ve hatched a new plan.
For the month of March, I am giving up social media entirely. That means:
- No Facebook
- No Facebook Messenger
- No Twitter
- No Instagram
- No Snap Chat
- No Google + (This one will be easy, as I haven’t used it in years.)
- No LinkedIn (Again, not all that difficult.)
- No Slack (For those of you at CMConference last week.)
I use most of the above tool both personally and for ministry. I dabbled with the idea of continuing to use them for ministry but eventually decided that would defeat the purpose of this experiment. So, I am going to delete the apps from all of my smart devices, remove the book marks from my computer and use all of that extra free time to spend with my family, read a little more and focus on my ministry at Hope 4 Hurting Kids.
You will still see some activity from me, but rest assured all of that is automatic (for example, when a new article is published), and I won’t be using the vehicles myself.
I am writing about it here for three reasons:
- Announcement: Mainly, this post is to let you know that if you need to get a hold of me during the month of March, you’re going to have to go old school and e-mail me (email@example.com) or phone/text me (if you need my number, e-mail me).
- Accountability: If it only live in my head, it’s easy to give up. Now that it’s out there, I know I’ll be more inclined to stick with it.
- Invitation: You’re welcome to join me, only we won’t be allowed to discuss how we’re doing on social media. 🙂
If you are interested in joining this little experiment, leave a comment below (or let me know on Facebook, Twitter, etc. so long as it’s today or tomorrow). Otherwise, I’ll chat with you again in April!