Have you ever had any epiphany moments in your life? Those aha! moments, that make you sit up and take notice? I have, and one came to me recently.
Epiphany: a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.
It came about one evening as I realized that I don’t want to spend all my time scrolling and reading online.
Now I know that, as a blogger, that seems a bit incoherent. Because like all bloggers, I hope that others will read and be encouraged by my writing. And I genuinely appreciate each and every one of my followers, both here on the blog and on social media.
But it doesn’t really make sense to read or follow things we’re not really interested in, does it? And isn’t following others for wrong (or selfish reasons) a bit misleading?
Sometimes we need to reflect on why we’re doing what we do…
And I realized that I needed to reclaim my life from the internet.
So I started internet decluttering, and I’m so glad I did! And perhaps you feel the need for this too. Especially right now, during this time of isolation and social distancing, when the temptation to spend too much time online is stronger than ever? If so, try these simple internet decluttering steps!
5 simple steps for reclaiming your life from the internet.
Because there is so much more to life than spending all our time keeping up with social media, subscriptions, blogging, and all the rest.
1. Subscribe to blogs and follow others on social media for the right reasons.
Are you following others for the right reasons?
Follow to find inspiration, encouragement, or interesting content. AND ESPECIALLY because you hope to encourage others. Unsubscribe from blogs or social accounts (including this one) if they don’t enrich your life in some way.
Otherwise blogging can quickly go from joy to chore! And because if we take in too much, (no matter how good, inspiring, or encouraging) we can’t even digest it!
2. Don’t follow just because you’re hoping they’ll follow you and like your posts.
Have you ever followed someone, even though you weren’t interested and had no real intention of reading them? I have, but no more! If I follow you or like your posts, it’s because I actually take the time to read and truly like what I find! Anything less seems misleading somehow. And because following just to get likes or followers seems, to me, a bit like being back in grade school.
Don’t follow others just to get more follows and likes. Follow to be an encouragement and to find encouragement, inspiration, or new knowledge!Tweet
3. Aim for blogs with mostly evergreen content.
Evergreen content always remains fresh and tasty!
Evergreen content remains valid and interesting for days or even years to come. Think recipes, how-to posts, inspirational posts with a take-away, informative posts with timeless content, even photos. Blog posts with this type of content are great to read and even re-read down the road!
4. Eliminate your own social media profiles that are either a big time drain or that don’t really work for you.
This can be hard to evaluate, because we want to make it easier for people to follow us. Yet, we don’t want social media to take over our lives. So adapt your profiles to work for you. Do it your own way and find what works best for you.
5. And remember that blogging and social media are supposed to be about community and communication.
I firmly believe that less is often more, even in blogging and social media. So I’d rather create a small community of people who can get to know and interact with one another. A huge list of followers or a huge list of posts to struggle through just does not do that for me.
Internet and technology are great tools. But they’re just that.
Don’t let the internet become your life.
The great myth of our times is that technology is communication.Libby Larsen