Why The Temporary Social Media Blackout and Announcement?

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  1. Hi There! I

    found you on the Mommy Moments Linkup. I just returned from a blogging and social media break myself but I didn’t announce it – only because I didn’t have the foresight to know to do so. I just went off line and came back with an “I’m back” announcement so people would know why the prolonged silence (because absence for no reason is weird).

    I didn’t break because it was taking over my life or I needed to get a grip on it. I did a blogging, social media and TV fast for spiritual reasons. (My kids joined in the TV fast.) I wanted to quiet all the white noise to better discern God’s voice. And it was pure bliss!!

    Looking back, I definitely would have announced previously so that people know I’m not being rude when I don’t respond to their social media messages, etc. Also, If a person announces their going off line, the people who respond know that their message will not be seen or responded to. Remember that in blogging you develop community and friendships, and your friends want to know what’s going on with your life. It’s fun to share (and pretty smart to leave a blogging post or social media message saying your off grid when people come to check in on you – like an answering machine that says your on vacation, etc.).

    I agree with you that taking a social media break because it’s consuming your life and not addressing the reasons why or making the necessary adjustments to fix it is not beneficial in the long run. But taking a break because you just feel the need, etc can be very beneficial.


    • The Growing Mum says:

      Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely indepth comment. That does sound like pure bliss and how did you get the kids to join in? I completely understand announcing if your account is still going to be active like when people travel to remote areas or need to concentrate on other things for a while. I guess I’m referring to those who deactivate their account as well so you won’t see it to send a message. There’s also no guarantee that everyone will see your announcement either so private messages to your beloved would probably work better.

      • You know what -TV has been the “elephant in the room” that our family has needed to address since forever – as Christians. My husband and I are on slightly different pages as to what we watch (but he is still on a solid Christian page – I just happen to be more conservative than him regarding programming). So I just decided at the beginning of the new year that me, my 10 and 13 year old girls would take a TV break. When I decided that my girls didn’t like it AT ALL, but of course they went along. My husband continued to watch TV shows on his phone. But at least it wasn’t playing in our living room. (I dismantled the TV and put it away!)

        To be honest, because of my conviction – not the TV break – I don’t watch TV much at all. But I can’t say the same holds true for my girls. (They don’t watch TV during the week, they watch age appropriate shows on the weekend.) However, the time away, coupled with my convic helped me to create a

        BTW: Social media is a monkey on my back and I wish it was not necessary to grow my blogging platform and reach. I almost consider it a necessary evil. 🙂

  2. I agree! There has to be some sort of balance. I was already on instagram enough as it is, and then once I started blogging, it is ALL.THE.TIME. Learning each day to set limits and stick to them.

  3. I have made no secret of my hatred for Instagram and its awful algorithms, and slowly falling out of love with all social media – which sucks as I’m about to start fulltime blogging!!
    Some people announce a break to gauge if people would actually miss them on social media, some do it for attention, and some do it just to keep people in the loop.
    I’m likely to have a break when on maternity leave with the twins, but I’m hoping to schedule some posts but it will all be blog/business related. nothing personal of me, ben, hubby or the newborns – unless I get so bored of the lack of sleep I cave!

  4. Michele says:

    I think people feel that it’s easier to just give it up than to set limits, but I think that simply setting limits sets a better standard for real everyday life. This was a great read!

    Thanks for joining #WanderingWedneday with Confessions of Parenting!

  5. Lori says:

    I can sympathize with your feelings. I’ve picked up my social game as well when I started blogging. I have learned to set limits – meaning I have set times of the day where I check in. I set the timer on my phone and when it goes off I’m done. It has caused me to be more intentional with who I interact with and I feel much better too. I love the idea of a social media fast – sounds powerful!


  6. I have a blackout for a few hours or an evening if I have other plans but not sure I could be away from social media for long! Thanks for linking up with #globalblogging

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