What Me Quitting Twitter Has to Do with Your Life

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In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I’m quitting Twitter for a while and telling you why you should care.

 

CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”

 


 

A break in the game? 

 

Check the phone.

 

Daughter steps out of the room?

 

Check the phone.

 

Sit on the toilet?

 

…Didn’t want to go there but, desperate times – ya know?

 

Say it with me: “Check the phone!” 

 

It’s damn exhausting – so why do we continue to do it? Well, my friends – I no longer will.

 

I’m quitting Twitter (for a while) and it may have some impact on your life

 

I was inspired by my friend, Scott (Making Momentum) when he pulled the trigger and took all social media off his phone and severely limited what he’d allow himself to use via his computer (we’re talking minutes per week here, friends). And after the discussions I’ve had with him and the posts/emails of his I’ve read, I’ve decided to do the same.

 

I started focusing on Twitter 3 years ago when MikedUp Blog was a baby, and my plan was to use the platform as a means to bring more folks to the blog.

 

As of this writing, I have 1,727 Twitter followers, and frankly, I get about 5 pageviews a day from the platform… Not exactly a tsunami of traffic to the site. So, A) Twitter isn’t doing much to generate traffic to the site.

 

If Twitter isn’t generating traffic, then there must be some benefit… right?

 

Twitter is a great way to connect with other bloggers, to keep up to date on some current events, and to most efficiently communicate with other folks.

 

It was good – until it wasn’t

 

Now I find myself in an echo chamber with mainly the same good blogging friends sharing each other’s work, and then a random smattering of everyone else. And all the good buddies I’ve made in the blogging game I can communicate with in other ways. So, B) Twitter is no longer adding joy or value to my life.

 

The breaking point

 

I have a goal this year to read at least a book each quarter, and to this point – I’m behind schedule. And when I started contemplating all the time I’m wasting on my phone, my decision to quit Twitter started becoming a no-brainer.

 

More than my goal to read books, though – is my goal to be more present in my family time and to just get the absolute most out of life.

 

So, in an effort to remove my phone from my hands when I’m not using it for our business, I’m severely limiting social media and taking it back to 2000 – text and call, baby… Text and call…

 

 

Blogger friends – please don’t hate me

 

With Twitter and all non-business (dental practice business) related social media being removed from my phone, I won’t be sharing great personal finance content nearly as often.

 

Please find it in your hearts to still by my buddy. Also – if you’d like to get in touch for any reason, please send over an email!

 

Here’s to a better quality of life, more focused family time, more actual reading, and a better version of myself (which is the ultimate goal of this site in the first place)…

 

Now, who’s with me?

 

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5 Comments

  1. Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    LOL.

    Completely understandable. It’s easy to get sucked up in FB, Twitter, etc and lose track of time and feel unproductive. Well good luck with reclaiming your life.

  2. Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    LOL.

    Completely understandable Mike. FB, Twitter, etc can be a huge time vacuum.

    Best of luck reclaiming your life.

  3. This is awesome! Good for you.

    I don’t have the app, I just go to the website on my desktop usually …. though twitter emails me like every day asking me to get the app. I like it for the connectivity to other bloggers, but no “real” people hang out on there (at least in my experience). So, I don’t get traffic from there either, which is why I see it as a nice talk-to-bloggers thing but don’t put any focus on there marketing-wise.

    1. I got caught up in the ‘talk to other bloggers’ aspect and eventually I started talking with many of you great folks in other ways. Right now Twitter is a net loss for me but we’ll see how that goes around September (football season)…

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, SC!

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