During a recent chat, it was mentioned that someone felt like a bird flying around in frantic circles who just ran into a wall.
What did I think? "tweet, tweet, tweet....*thwunk*" ...and just started laughing out loud. I'm odd like that. But that fun little image has stuck with me and taken a different message. (And it keeps me laughing.) How so?
Important Note: Bird violence is not funny. It is dangerous. And scary. Except in cartoons. And in this image in my head.
I've read countless places that it is important to update Twitter, Facebook, and one's blog on a consistent basis. There are so many reasons for this ...too many to try to recount here. Suffice to say: I GET IT. I understand. I know.
But I've also run across several blog posts, tweets, and Facebook posts that offer apologies for being away, for something happening offline (planned or not) that kept that person away from their typing. Or people who have disappeared for several days (*gasp*!) only to reappear with no explanation but continued fun information to share.
So my question for each of you is: Do online "networkers" get a "weekend"? How do we take breaks? Should we notify one another of said breaks? If so, what is the cutoff to notify you - if we'll be away for a day? A few days? A week? Should we apologize if unexpectedly able to post for several days? Offer explanations? What happens to my online world if I turn off the "Power" button for more than a few hours??
Sometimes I feel like that bird....tweeting, tweeting, tweeting, and then THUNK. Life happens.
I have intentionally been away from the computer for a couple of days, throwing in a few tweets here and there, but mostly focusing on life sans keyboard. A lot of it has been art, which has led to reflection, which has led to journaling and long blank stares into space, which has led into feeling hungry, which has led to pizza....mmm, pizza....but I digress.
I know my online support group is still there. All of you are still existing. But my blog is falling way down on sidebar lists because I haven't updated since Wednesday. Those checking out my profile on Twitter or my fan page on Facebook may just venture away because they figure I'm one of those "here today gone tomorrow" type posters. (Did you notice the shameless plug there with a little link-age!)
I build my connections through online dedication yet to create that following I need something to share. To have something to share I need to be doing my art and my living off of the computer. T'is quite the conundrum.
I know none of us should feel guilty for living our lives off of the computer. (Odd to even say that, eh?) And yet, the online world charges on without us. I don't feel guilt, per se, just concern at the length of time one can be gone - and how many times over the period of a year one can be gone that long - before followers or would-be followers start to question my dedication.
SO. I am begging to know your thoughts. If you are new to any of these social networking ventures, how often do you post/tweet? Are you concerned about being away?
If you are a veteran - particularly those with business ventures (coaching, Etsy, etc.), how do you deal with planned or unplanned time away from the computer? Do you apologize for absences? Offer explanations?
What about comments? I have tried to keep up with replying to comments but find myself falling woefully behind...especially when there is no direct link to the commenter's email. I LOVE YOUR COMMENTS and want to make sure YOU KNOW that I read and honor each one!
I mentioned a long time ago, somewhere in the virtual world, that it would be nice if we all could stop apologizing for being away. For leading our lives. And yet, this online world is part of our lives - a big part of my life. I seriously respect, honor, and consider as friends those who I have come to know through blogging. And I still get giddy every time I get a new follower or an "@LifeUnity" on Twitter or Facebook.
Simultaneously, my art calls. I need to keep painting, sketching, and reflecting so that my blog stays juicy and full of life. My kids call. My hubby calls.
Right now, the bed calls.
Thank you in advance for your comments. (*hint, hint*!!) I promise, I will read it and cherish it....even if I don't get back to you.
(Really. Thank you.)