“If you don't feed Facebook, it doesn't feed you.”
THIS POST by Kristi Stevens has been percolating in my brain all day. Kristi is always one to inspire and uplift me and I love to read her stuff (book or blog) because she’s not only talented, but very wise as well.
In order to understand where I’m coming from, I’m going to share a little bit about my thoughts on Kristi. I met her for the first time in June of this year at a writer’s conference. We were part of the same workshop group and I had the lucky pleasure of not just enjoying being in the group with her but of being invited to share an evening with her and some friends. All of us had a great time and, I believe, began to nurture some wonderful, budding friendships.
That night, Kristi shared a story with me that changed my life. You can read part of that story HERE.*
Kristi is a gorgeous person, inside and out, and when I first met her, I was terribly intimidated by her. She’s GORGEOUS. And WAY TALENTED. I’m just very lucky that she gave me a chance to know her better because I found out that gorgeous and talented as she may be, she’s also just a lovely person to be around. She’s funny and witty while also being both wise and intuitive.
Today she wrote a post about distractions and diversions. It’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about because I’ve wondered if I just have my plate too full. Again, enter Kristi’s wisdom.
While I don’t have all of my own answers, I am ruminating on my solutions. You see, blogger is one of my distractions. I love it. I love reading people’s blogs and getting to know them. I love hearing their stories, sharing their triumphs and setbacks, connecting with people who get me in a huge way, and learning from people who are way smarter than me. But is has taken up a lot of my time.
Having pinpointed this as a “dis-traction”, I’m torn about what to do about it. I really do enjoy reading blogs. I really do love the friendships I’ve formed. Can I go cold-turkey? Do I even want to? Perhaps it’s just an issue of prioritizing and putting things in their proper place. Perhaps I’m not seeing the forest for the trees. Am I feeding my facebook or I am starving my dreams?
There are things I could probably do to save time and keep up the blogging. I could read fewer blogs. I could stop finding new ones. I could leave shorter comments—although I feel not me when I do that. (I work very hard to leave honest, heart-felt comments.) Does any of this matter or do I just think it matters?
I don’t really expect answers and I’m not really asking for advice but I just wanted to share with you, 1- Kristi’s excellent posts, and 2-my thoughts on things. I may be slowing down a bit and I wanted to let you know.
Please know that I enjoy your blogs. I enjoy my friendships with so many of you. There have been stories shared with me that enrich me and make me strive to be a better person. None of this is a reflection on the quality of content on anyone’s blogs—it’s merely me, thinking aloud.
For now, just know that I care and I’m still here.