Deleting my social media accounts

I just posted this on Facebook and Linkedin

I was never a fan of people who announced their intention to quit blogging, preferring that they just go quietly.

But…

I am going to delete this account, along with my other social media accounts, in the next day or so and it would seem rude to leave without saying goodbye.

I have made, and kept it touch with, so many friends through these platforms but I have been spending less and less time on them recently and have been feeling better as a result.

Creating connections and having interesting conversations with smart people was what excited me about the internet from the start but sadly this morphed into being manipulated and data mined by huge social media platforms.

I never liked the phrase Social Media. The problem was always in the prioritisation of the word media over the word social. For me, at least, the time has come for disintermediation and I am currently enjoying Mastodon, however long that lasts.

You will always be able to find me through my blog though, whatever happens, so do stay in touch and take care of yourselves.

Journaling

There is something about journaling that I am really drawn to. Whether it is books on journaling, blog posts about journaling, apps for journaling, adverts for notebooks for journaling, you name it each time I find a new one of any of these I get a little shot of adrenalin.

I have a room full of Field Notes and Moleskin notebooks filled with scribblings over many years. I have been using the wonderful journaling app DayOne for many years (and have 4,500 entries).

But to what end? I rarely go back and read my journal entries, and if I do they seem full of self pity over a depressingly small range of topics…

And yet, I still feel that tug every time I see the word “journal”

Weird eh?