I am Disappearing For a While

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

Well, not exactly disappearing, at least taking a break. I mean if I could disappear I sure wouldn’t be telling you about my powers.

Simply, I am taking a week long social media break.

After some great conversations, challenges, and just the need to take a break I have decided to take the week “off”. I do not know what will come of this, all I know is that for a while now social media (ie:twitter) has taken over my life and controls my actions, mood, and happiness. Its not that I have a huge need for followers, is that I have a huge desire for conversations.

For a year and a half now I have been without a normal job. Mainly I have been on my own doing whatever I can. Part of the issue with this is that I miss out on the office conversations, meetings, and personal interaction. I usually will turn to twitter to meet this need. It is kind of like my water cooler conversation except for it happens for about 18 hours a day.

I have been needing to make this decision for a while now. The reason that I have not is simply because I feel like I can’t. Simply put, I feel if I step away from social media I will miss out on something. Maybe its my big shot, maybe its a chance at an @reply or a retweet, whatever it is, I feel like if I am not there I will be missing out.

For to long I have been looking at things 5 feet away. I need to step back and get a 35,000 foot view (love this idea from Stephen Proctor aka @worshipvj).

I think this will be very refreshing, challenging, and will bring about some clarity.

A couple of things that I ask of you…

1) hold me accountable to this. If you see me on twitter yell at me.

2) take the challenge yourself. Would love for you to evaluate your social media use and even join me in this challenge.

I stil haven’t decided if I will be blogging. We will see how I feel. But I do know that I will not be on twitter for the week, at least that is if I can make it :)

*kyle

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Kyle Reed

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • http://www.bigmama247.com Alise

    Enjoy your break. I’ve always found when I have a little internet fast that it is really refreshing. Have a good week — get a new perspective. Everyone will be here when you get back!

  • http://wetfishdesigns.com Cyndi

    I need to do this, too….

    I hope you find the perspective you are looking for and the conversations in the real world that you need. I think I turn to Twitter simply out of boredom and lack of conversations with intelligent adults. Convos with preschoolers isn’t exactly the same as those I had when I worked a regular job. Like you, I haven’t had that daily charge that you get from sharing ideas with others since I became a Mommy in 2005.

    So I will call you to task if I see you tweeting :)

  • http://john.do John Saddington

    later. have fun. good stuff. bye.

    :)

  • http://www.moonboatcafe.com Cassandra Frear

    This effort at taking a step back is a good choice. My personal goal is to take time away and have a personal retreat three times a year.

    After both of my last retreats, I blogged about the wonderful things that happened. This ended up being a way to remember them too.

    My retreats have been rich and I’m grateful I took them. The internet gives us marvelous opportunities for influencing and encouraging others. I’m all for it, but we need to make sure we’re living well at the same time.

    If you’re interested, you can read my retreat posts at http://www.moonboatcafe.com/search/label/Retreat

  • http://theperkinsblog.net Michael

    Get refreshed bro. You will definitely be in my prayers as you do this.

  • http://godlysheep.com Brett Barner

    Enjoy the R&R. I’ll definitely give you a hard time if I see you on Twitter. Are you going to be around the Internets at all or is this just a Twitter (and maybe blog) break?

  • http://gbrenna.com Graham

    Good for you for putting this challenge on yourself. I’ll see you on the otherside.

  • http://www.dannyjbixby.com Danny Bixby

    “1) hold me accountable to this. If you see me on twitter yell at me.”

    Done and done