As of December 4, I will be stepping away from social media, including my personal Facebook account, for at least the next 13 months. The reasons are many and varied and both personal and professional.
My Facebook Author page will continue to be updated with new blog posts, publication announcements, and my speaking schedule. My Twitter account will do the same, mostly automatically. For the time being, I will also continue to facilitate discussion in the Rural Community Builders Northwest Facebook Group — something I am paid to do for a few hours each month, believe it or not.
Facebook and Twitter just aren’t the places I should be focusing my attention right now. Not only am I working on multiple complex writing projects, I want to spend more time in face-to-face conversations, writing and reading real letters, journaling (I stopped journaling when I started using social media), having a thought and sitting with it for a while and maybe not sharing it with anyone, reading fiction and poetry, and favoring news sources that provide ample space for story and context and nuance.
Most people can do all these things while still being active on social media. I can’t. At least it hasn’t proven to be the case so far.