I deleted my twitter account this morning, and I gotta say, I feel pretty good about it.
I had the account for 10 years, but really been active on it for the past 4, because of the wonderful Writing Community. I’ve made real-life friends, critique partners and I even traditionally published some short stories (something I thought I’d never do). I will be forever grateful to the people I’ve engaged with on a regular basis. Those of you who’ve supported me, inspired me, encouraged and helped. I love you all, truly.
But this social media thing is cuttin’ into my writing time.
Me thinking that the great big walls of the Writing Community could hold off any real world atrocities was extremely naïve of me. Scrolling through inspiring writing tweets, funny memes and jokes started to turn into people desperately seeking followers or rushing to get rid of followers. Sometimes, I felt obligated to tweet things or to like or retweet something, and I hated that feeling. I wanted to write. I needed to write. And all political bullshit aside, its just all too much for me. The negativity outweighs the positive and it pulls me down a deep dark hole that turns me off from doing anything but stare at a wall and wonder why people are so fucking weird.
This is just me. I would never tell a fellow writer to get rid of social media, because I still think it is a great way to connect to writers and publishers, and to make friends (since we can’t go out). I just can’t deal with it anymore. It’s depressing the hell out of me. But who knows, maybe I’ll get back to it. I just want to write. And read. And write some more. And I know I’m starting my sentences with ‘and’, leave me alone 🙂
To the 4,000 tweeters, I appreciate the follow. But to the 100 or so people, I’m gonna miss you and thank you for connecting with me. I’m sure you’ve subscribed to this page by now, and I’ve subscribed to yours or have bought your book. This isn’t goodbye, I know how to reach you, you know how to reach me. Peace and Love. I have some good stories coming in 2021.