After last week’s exciting announcement, I found myself more engrossed in social media than ever. I wanted to “get to know” everyone (who I wasn’t already familiar with) through their blogs. I found tons of new people to follow and interact with on Twitter and I read every single post in the new group Facebook page.
I spent way too much time, while I should have been working, last week doing all of the above at work. As a result, I wasn’t productive at all and, in turn, it left me feeling guilty and agitated with myself.
Then after a low-key weekend with a lot of free time, I found that when I wasn’t riding or running I was perusing said social media outlets plus following races of people who I have never met in person.
And now I find myself with a bit of a social media overload.
I love it and am addicted to it, but I don’t necessarily feel good about myself after spending so.much.time. indulging in it.
Not only because I was a complete failure at my job last week, but also because I should be enjoying my husband, my puppies, my friends and all the amazing things that are in my life as well as all these really exciting virtual things!
I still haven’t figured out how I am going to establish a balance. I started with putting my phone away at lunch and just enjoying a lunch in the park with Brad and the dogs. I know Brad appreciates this, as I could tell he had about enough of it over the weekend. He never really said anything, but I felt very distant from him with my head buried in my iPad and him doing other things.
It’s not that I am so worried about losing touch with the virtual world, because I still don’t have a ton of real connections with people (with some awesome exceptions). I still feel like I am kind of new to a world that many others are very established in. But maybe that is what I am so intrigued by…is making those connections that I see others have with fellow runners/bloggers/team members/Twitter buddies? Maybe it is that feeling of wanting to be included and a part of something that I think is pretty cool? Kind of like a virtual popularity contest? I don’t know?
But what I do know is that I will be a much better blogger and a much more interesting person that people want to know, both virtually and IRL, if I enjoy all the things that interest me, social media included…with balance.