Awaking from social media hibernation

6 Apr

I took an unintentional break from social media over the holidays, and once I’d fallen, I had trouble getting back up.

The Christmas holidays are truly the most wonderful time of the year.  All I want to do is share everything with everybody during the Advent season, but for better or worse, it’s also the busiest time of the year at work.  On December days I get home from work dreaming of baking cupcakes, wrapping gifts, and writing about the goodness of God, but all I seem to be able to do is collapse on the sofa.

Much as I’d like to blame mall traffic for it, I blame the weather.  In Oklahoma, winter usually arrives in December.  Some years it slams us early with snow in October, but in recent years it’s been little more than a creepy stalker waiting ‘til we’re knee deep in holiday plans and stress we know we’re going to pay for later.  And even before then Uncle Sam comes along to help out Old Man Winter by changing the time on us — the days get shorter, and considerably darker, and then I’m toast.  Without sunlight I wither like a pansy.

Needless to say I greatly admire my fellow bloggers who persevere through early sunsets and negative wind chills and full-time jobs and holiday commitments to write for their readers.  This year I just couldn’t do it all.

Unfortunately, I also had a Facebook encounter of the unpleasant kind just after the holidays.  Interrupting my quest to reconnect, it made me shut down even more.  I stopped tweeting, turned off my answering machine, and went for nearly a month without even checking my email.  If that’s not a cry for help, I don’t know what is.  But eventually I decided I couldn’t stay in hibernation forever.  Trolls (who probably also suffer from lack of sunshine) cannot rule my life.

But I have to confess digital silence is bliss.  To open up the door and listen to the wind and feel the moment — without feeling tied down to finding out whether anyone replied to @jennifrwhite or not.  Though being single leaves me with a greater need for feeling connected to my fellow man, this hiatus has slapped me with the realization that my social media tools must serve me, rather than the other way around.  I can’t be a slave to everything, so please don’t feel abandoned if I need to make the choice every now and then to slave away elsewhere.  You, my readers and friends, are dearly loved whether I tweet or blog or not, and I hope you know it.  I hope your holidays were especially blessed, and I look forward to sharing life with you in this not-so-new year.

So if you find me blogging about Christmas in April, just chalk it up to my devotion to having the Christmas spirit all year round.

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2 Responses to “Awaking from social media hibernation”

  1. Jason April 6, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

    Wow. Now I know what was going on. I thought maybe I was just losing it for a minute.

    • Jennifer White April 6, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

      Ha, ha. No, just had a lot going on…either a very long Christmas break or a very ‘dark’ winter. 🙂

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