And Poof, They Are Gone.

Last night I acted on something that I've been thinking about for quite some time now. Many of you may agree that social media is quite a time suck.  I've heard many of my fellow bloggers discussing which pages score them more views, but to be frank, and after reading , I decided I just don't care to play the game anymore.

So, I'm out! I've officially deleted my business facebook page, my twitter account, and my pinterest page.  In addition, I've removed links to my flickr account (which I've been using pretty much just for photo hosting for A Little Etsy Love lately anyway) and my contact button.  Even more, I've decided to stop accepting button swapping and blog sponsors.  I'll let my current ads run of course, but will not be accepting new ones or renewing these when they run out.

Sound a bit extreme? Maybe.  But it's time to make some major changes in my life, work, and schedule. This cutback in blogging has motivated me to really sort out what is effective vs. ineffective for me, what I enjoy from what is dragging me down, and kick those things out of my daily routines.

Will I reach any level of success without social media? The answer is I don't care.  I know of at least one artist who is making a pretty decent living off of her art through only personal contacts, craft shows, and her etsy shop (Edi of Memories for Life Scrapbooks ), so I know it can be done "the low-tech way."  But for me, that's besides the point.  I enjoy blogging.  So I just want to write when I have something to say & connect with those who's blogs I genuinely enjoy reading.  I also enjoy sewing, designing, and making art.  I have that luxury.  So then why am I filling my day with all of these other tasks that are meaningless to me personally and not even bringing my shop that many views??  No more I say!

Question- What do you have to say about social media?


Amy Nicole said...

It's always been too much for my brain to process all the google analytics stuff like where my views are coming from, which social media gives me the biggest bang for my buck etc etc. It's mind numbing and frankly I don't enjoy it so I don't do it. I blog because I like to. I facebook because I like to. I have a twitter account, but I don't really engage my followers there. I try to make sure my work can be seen, and let it speak for itself. I kinda feel like if I ever make something super cool people will find it!

Duni said...

Good for you, Nancy!
I just about manage with Twitter and Facebook (although I don't like the latter very much). Working through my emails is what I find most exhausting, but I can't stop those from coming in ;-)

Janice Fowler said...

Oh my gosh!! good for you!!! I think in some ways social media has replaced authentic relationships.

While I have a twitter acct and facebook and pinterest - I do 'worry' about it all. I don't really post to all - my blog feeds into them automatically, so I blog and it shows up those places for anyone there who wants to read. So it's not a huge time suck for me - but I have noticed that when I do read or visit - the amount of information and the type of information generally is having a negative impact on me. It's too much and it's often the wrong kind.

I have begun pulling back and am waging this little internal war inside my head. I have begun unsubscribing to many facebook friends. So while they are still 'friended' their posts don't show up in my news feed.

I have also begun unsubscribing from many blogs in my reader (but not this one obviously!).

I don't know if I'm ready to 'die' off of social media.

Did you delete manually or did you use that automatic kill program?

Sorry to be so long winded, but this is something I've been thinking about a lot lately although I wasn't aware that it was a growing rumble on the internet.

Lin said...

Oh wow. I'm with you--I want to quit FB, but that's also where I see and hear from a lot of friends and family that live far away. I sort of like it for that---but I hate the everyday silliness ("I just ate a sammich" kinda stuff).

I'm glad that you will still be blogging. My heart stopped when I first started reading--I thought you were quitting. WHEW! I love your blog and seeing what you make. You are very inspiring.

Oh, and I'd miss all those cute photos of your brother! Hahaha!

Felicia said...

I totally agree with you! I haven't had a personal Facebook account since 2010! I believe if people really are my friends, they will call or text me. I personally enjoy hearing people's voices, so all my good friends can be found in my phonebook. Easy as that.

I think it is crazy how many people are SO obsessed with Facebook! I read an article a few weeks ago, that said if you didn't have a Facebook page, something was wrong with you, that you were not normal, ha. What a joke.

BeadedTail said...

Good for you! I have never liked Twitter so just have my blog posts and new listings post there automatically without me ever having to go there. I do like Pinterest but only for my personal stuff, I don't do any promoting there. I have so many cat & dog blogging friends on FB that I find that kinda fun plus I get a lot of sales from there. Well, I don't like the ones who post sad things about animals but I unsubscribe to them so it doesn't bring me down every day.

Chrissy said...

Good for you! Awesome! xxx

Athena said...

I know what you mean by a time suck. I DO use social media (FB, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.) because I think they do help promote my business a little bit, and every little bit counts (to me :)). And I love FB because I have friends and family on there. BUT, it can get so exhausting. I think many times it's a necessary evil.

Glad you're still blogging, though. I just started reading here, and I'm looking forward to future posts. :)

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I was going to mention in the comments that the only form of social media I use is my blog...but you beat me to it :)
Once in a while I post new links on my personal FB page, but I don't like to spam my friends, so I try to keep it to a minimum.
Use the forms of media you enjoy...and forget the rest :)

I think that bump on your head was good for you...lol :)

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Well, good for you! We've got to do what's best for ourselves and not what others think we should do. I need to do some good hard thinking about the social media stuff too!

Cinnamon Jewellery said...

Completely agree!
I had a Twitter account for all of a week then deleted it, 10 mins on Facebook and I start getting bored (that's when I remember to actually check my Facebook account).
I spend the majority of my time making things and still manage to make sales without spending hours trying to convince people who probably aren't really that interested to buy them.
I do love my blog though!

Rose said...

Good for you! Life is too short to waste on social media that you don't enjoy. I'm sure that it will be a refreshing change for you.

pasqueflower said...

I definitely agree that social media is a time suck.

But I do enjoy visiting my favorite blogs-- and I look at pretty pictures on Pinterest as sort of a bedtime story. I'm cutting way back on FB and Twitter, and creating fewer blog posts.

storybeader said...

I have my facebook and twitter sites still running, but I never go there. My blog is set up to automatically drop a post at facebook, so I feel I have a presence there w/o going! Pinterest is still up too, but I only go there for ideas or when I want to store a group of sites somewhere online. So I don't actively participate anywhere! {:-D

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

I never understood Twitter. I do use Facebook, but not for business reasons, only to stay in touch with old high school chums. I did have a FB page for my Etsy shop, but I didn't see the point of it. I've tried to delete it, but apparently I'm no longer recognized as its owner! lol

Hurray for you and your simplifying your life!

LimeRiot said...

Adios social media time sucks!!

I don't have FB or twitter (for personal or blog use) and I've never felt like I've missed anything. Of course, I don't have a crafty business so my perspective might be different than others. I do use Pinterest but I keep that up mostly for swap partners.

I like to dedicate the online free time I have to sharing on my blog and connecting with all of my cyber friends via their blogs.

Good for you for kicking out the clutter!!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Good plan!!! I don't really know if it works or not. It only works if someone sees you post at the right time when they are looking for something in particular that you create. Otherwise it probably is a waste of time.

I still use Facebook for my business just to keep my customers up to speed on what I am doing. Everything else I do is for my own personal enjoyment.

Life is too short to not focus on what is most important to you. This will now give you more time to spend on the things you love!

Paige @ Little Nostalgia said...

Ughhhh, social media is such a pain. My main outlet by far is blogging, but I'm also on Twitter and Instagram for my business. I don't really use those as much as I "should" though, and it's more for my own personal entertainment. Blogging is the best way to connect with people, so I feel like it's easiest for me to put most of my effort into that!

I'm sad you got rid of Pinterest, though. It's a cornucopia of great ideas. :-)

Additionsstyle said...

I agree social media is a time suck. I only allow myself 30 minutes a day to do my social media stuff. I do enjoy writing for my blog and invest most of my computer time to blogging. I also like pinterest, but I use it as a way to bookmark information I want to have, I never really considered it social media. I'm sure your decision to be done with social media will make running your business and life more pleasurable.
Everyday Inspired

Rhiannon Rising said...

I don't blame you one bit. I really don't think all this social media actually works out for many businesses that aren't already popular. If you're building up from scratch, sitting at your computer day after day ALL day doing all this social media stuff is a TOTAL WASTE OF TIME.

When I stopped making soap I created a new blog. It took me awhile to get out of the "promote, promote, promote!" mindset, but now that I am, I'm so much happier.