I was one of the first ones to jump on Social Media, a long time ago, back on the "old internet" - I had one of the first original MySpace accounts with over 10,000 followers, a Friendster account, then LiveJournal, later a Facebook profile and Facebook biz page, then LinkedIn, then onto Tumblr, Twitter and a G+ account followed by an Instagram account and finally ending with Pinterest.
Then one day I just got burned out and fed up.
It suddenly occurred to me that I had somehow taken on a second job. I was working for Social Media, many of which are owned by huge corporations.
For me to maintain and keep up to date all of my social media, it would have meant sitting down and ultimately spending hours a day inputting my thoughts, friends, images, links, likes, opinions, whims, memes, all of it uploaded for free onto the gaping maws of Social Media networks.
My biggest fear was that if I left Social Media, I would be committing the dreaded Social Media Suicide.
My company would falter, fail and disappear into the ether-sphere.
This is what the Social Media "experts" warn folks who are thinking of leaving, that without them you are doomed to a life of no more bathroom selfies, no more cat memes, no more food pics, no more kickstarter blegging in your newsfeed, no more nagging doubts about your self-worth, that without all of this your life will become meaningless without Social Media.
After more than two years, my business, self-esteem and creative muse have all survived my Social Media Suicide.
I have always been and always will be a huge proponent of DIY - Do It Yourself.
My website is all hand-coded by me, I am not using a plug-and-play website.
I was posting on WordPress for my blog and was using MailChimp but I found I had nothing really earth-shattering to say.
I tried Facebook (kicking and screaming), but I just couldn't do it.
I actually love Instagram, which is probably the best social media platform for what I need right now.