confessions of an “unplugged” social media addict

it’s been nearly ten months since my last blog post.  the original intent was to take a break from social media and unplug for three months and then come back to blogging. obviously that didn’t happen. honestly i’m quite embarrassed to admit this  at times i like to imagine that the entire year was like this…

Fun in the sun

but really if felt like this…though not as cute and cuddly

photo courtesy of facebook.com/frappuccino

i wish i had a great story to share about why i’ve been absent for so long. i would share photos of kyle and i on an adventure to machu picchu, or photos of a new baby, or even possibly, that i broke both my hands which prohibited me from typing on any sort of keyboard for those ten months.  but those would be lies, especially the being pregnant part.  sadly,  i was just burned out.

most people are envious when they hear that i get paid to work in social media. most of the time i feel honored, blessed and extremely lucky. i love the people i work with, especially those half-way around the world. but after a few consecutive years of major growing pains at work, supporting kyle while he finished his master’s degree, moving to the suburbs,  kicking off the settlement to my car accident, adjusting to a new team and new work environment, i was tired. couple that with the pressure to stay abreast on all the latest trends on every platform, the work expectations of SM, the need to check into every single location on foursquare, retweet and tweet the latest info, and figure out if purchasing an iphone was justifiable just so i could be on instagram kind of sent me over the edge

i took a step back and decided i needed jackie time. a lot of jackie time.  i needed to regroup and figure out not just what mattered to me but why i loved social media in the first place. it wasn’t a job. it was something i once loved. i yearned to find that love again. i didn’t want it to be a chore. i didn’t want my job to be a chore.

fast forward ten months…a new iphone, kyle’s graduation, and renewing our lease for one more year (that’s for a different blog post), and i feel like i’m starting to get back into my groove.  but honestly, i think the biggest contributing factor has been my good friends, lindsey and richenda. both are social media divas and gals i admire not just for their SM smarts but their passion and love for what they do.

both lindsey and richenda recently posted a few lists that many social media junkies out there could relate to, including me. not only was it absolutely hysterical, but it also hit a spot in my heart that needed some reassurance and encouragement. in honor of getting back into the swing of things here’s my list of an ‘unplugged’ social media addict:

  • you check fliptop and mashable before you even bother opening your inbox.
  • you no longer care if your computer has issues connecting to lotus notes. you can still check everything from your iphone, carry on skype chats, and open attachments faster than your colleagues can who are using a dell.
  • you check your foursquare account more than facebook just to make sure you’re still the mayor of senor taco.
  • you use Foursquare’s comments and check-in locations as a decision making plan on dinner instead of the Urbanspoon app just so you can increase your check-in points.
  • you debate about checking in at the hunger games movie premier for fear of seeming like a teenie-bobper only to realize you’re the oldest adults in line and decide to throw all apprehension out the window.  you need points!
  • you are really upset that fliptop refuses to incorporate pinterest into their iphone app. the articles are amazing and would really save you the trouble of bookmarking it in the future.
  • you knew of pinterest 18 months before everyone else did but decided to hoard it like it’s a million bucks. secretly you’re bummed the cats out of the bag.
  • you are really confused why more and more people aren’t aware of hootsuite or tweetdeck. really? how do you expect us to post at 1am? whoops. was i not supposed to share our magic tricks?
  • you geek out over SM analytics, tracking, reporting, monitoring, and measurement tools. but are secretly frustrated that no one in their right mind has figured out a way to stream all SM platforms through one monitoring & measurement tool.
  • you see life in blog posts, then facebook posts, tweets, and when it’s really busy, instagram. at least people get a photo.
  • you remove and/or rearrange all the extra background ‘stuff’ so that it doesn’t get into the way of the perfect instagram photo. then you proceed to take no less then 4 photos of the same thing just to make sure it’s prefect.
  • you are not ashamed to check your klout score.
  • you don’t bad an eye-lash at the word “gamification.”
    Can you relate to these other social media junkies? Better yet, if you’re a social media addict, how have you balanced life and the pressures to always stay connected?

2 Comments

  1. Awww… you inspire me. It’s lucky really, that we all have each other. We are in such a unique position as extremely interestingly structured organisations doing really interesting work. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve said to myself, “Thank God I have Jackie.” — (Real sign of a social media junkie: You related to no one else anymore but other junkies).

    Love you friend.

    PS: I once tried becoming mayor of Menchies and every day, I swear, I was “one day away from being mayor.” = lame sauce!

  2. Awww… you inspire me. It’s lucky really, that we all have each other. We are in such a unique position as extremely interestingly structured organisations doing really interesting work. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve said to myself, “Thank God I have Jackie.” — (Real sign of a social media junkie: You related to no one else anymore but other junkies).

    Love you friend.

    PS: I once tried becoming mayor of Menchies and every day, I swear, I was “one day away from being mayor.” = lame sauce!

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