Taking a break from an online presence is an interesting experience. Pretty much since Podcasters Across Borders, I’ve been taking up very little space in the whatever-o-sphere. My blog posts stopped, podcasting output pretty much nil, and I was completely off sites like Twitter and facebook, barely even answering email except from close friends.
You know what I missed? Nothing. Life went on.
I think that many of us who live much of our lives online lose sight of the effort required to build and maintain an online “presence”. It builds slowly at first, a blog post here & there, a twitter tweet now & then… Until you’re using a lot of your time maintaining everything from LinkedIn to adding “friends” you don’t really know to Facebook to (insert latest social media thingie here). Sure, everyone on the planet now knows you’re blow-drying your socks, but really, who cares?
It was good for me to spend time away. As I ease myself back online, I find myself questioning the time I’m about to spend updating all these things and the value it creates.
Many of us are content creators, yet in recent times I’ve witnessed many more status updates from content creators I know than I’ve seen new content. I’m guilty of that. Do people not have time to create or consume content anymore in this 160-character limited on-line presence?
I’m going to make a concerted effort to make more out of my online presence. I’d rather people know I’m fine because I’m creating interesting content than they know because I’ve twittered “I’m fine”.
What about you? Are you spending more time updating your status than actually doing something about it?