Some time ago, I pulled back. I stopped visiting Twitter, I let my assistant take over on FB. I stuck to my blog and found myself growing calmer. Things felt peaceful in my little part of the world and I wasn’t stressing over the stuff that doesn’t matter in the long scheme of things. I had more time and energy to focus on my work.
Then I did something I shouldn’t have. I got nostalgic.
I remembered the fun I used to have on Twitter. I ignored the memory of the stress I ended up with there. And right after that, I decided that my assistant needed help, instead of letting her and Samwise do their jobs on FB. So I went back to Twitter and I started hanging out in the FB group. And that’s not a good thing. I’m not really geared toward massive social interaction on a daily basis.
For one thing, Twitter—it’s not fun anymore, at least in my part of the woods. I love getting breaking news from there. I dread getting breaking news. Because honestly, I suffer from information overload. And on FB? Honestly, it’s too easy for me to lose my temper, especially when people know it’s a moderated group and then complain about that moderation. Sorry, my house. My rules. My group, my blog, my rules. Or I find out people are pirating my books. Or a friend shows a side of themselves I wish I hadn’t seen. Or…or…or…yeah, you get the picture.
So yesterday, on Twitter, somebody didn’t like something I said and decided to attack my writing (to my face) in response. Block. And tonight, on Twitter, another troll decided to target me—and it was over something totally innocuous. Block. Tomorrow? It will be somebody else. Because there’s always another troll hiding under the bridge. The damned things breed like flies.
About half an hour ago, I read a blog on Medium about the decline of Twitter, and I remembered—um, yeah. That’s the way I feel. And I realized that I’ve been hyper stressed again. I’ve already got job stress, and stress over bills, and stress over life in general. I don’t need to add to my stress needlessly.
So, yeah, this time, it’s for good. I have waffled more than once, and each time it’s easier to slide back into the forest. To peek out through my blog instead. And I think—I will start using the forums for answering FAQs so that the info is easier to access. That way you won’t have to search for some common answers and my recipes, and so forth.
So I return FB to Jenn and Samwise. As far as the Twitterverse—oh babe, I loved you, but you’re no good for me and I know it. You can have my links, but as Bette from the Fly By Night series would say, “Sugar lips, you’ll have to do without me. I’m too much for you and you’re too much for me.”