… and, if I’m to be fair… it’s also me. A relationship is always a two-way street, right? At least that’s what my mother told me…
So, I’ve decided that it’s about time to put my personal use of Twitter on auto-pilot and go do other things with my life.
GOODBYE TWITTER. IT’S BEEN GOOD. LIKE, REALLY GOOD. THANKS FOR EVERYTHING.
I’m not replacing Twitter with anything, by the way, I’m just removing it from my daily routine and automating a bit more of the sharing that I’ve already put in place.
My hope is to not touch the service or open the native iOS app ever again… just that thought makes me incredibly giddy. The mental bandwidth that I’ll get back and the clarity that will be the natural outcause will be absolutely amazing.
And do you know why I know that it’ll be awesome? Because I’ve done this before and the psychological and emotional results were telling (and it makes me wonder why I came back in the first place).
But now I think my time with Twitter is over. It’s not the utility that it used to be and it’s much more noise than signal, grossly-so. The value that it provides is very small compared to what it used to create and I no longer feel like I have anything unique to give it as well.
Perhaps most important is the fact that I’m entirely too busy to care about it as well and I’m at a point in my life where focusing on the very few things that matter the most to me is what I know I should be doing with my time:
- My Family (Sue, Roenne, and Arden)
- My Startup (Pinpoint)
- My Video Project (I want to finish my 365-day vlog experiment and then assess how I feel when I’m done. Subscribe here!).
That’s really about it… and when I say those words I know that these three things are jam-packed with stuff! Enough stuff to fill two-days worth of activities in a single day already!
The point is this: Twitter takes up more time than what is appropriate for its use and utility and I need to cut it out (and many, many other things as well). The “small things” really do add up and I’m already feeling the positive effects of clearing house.
On Becoming a Bot
So, what will become of the @8BIT username? It’ll become a bot, essentially. My wife doesn’t want me to call it that but that’s really what it is. I’m setting up a few automation rules via IFTTT and I should be able to let it go.
After doing a quick survey I’ve realized how complex my internal sharing systems have become, many of them directly centered around Twitter as a near-canonical source and then spiraling outwards.
The amount of time I’ve spent this morning building in custom rules and even engineering a few of them by hand is bigger than I had imagined. Again, removing the “center of the wheel,” so to speak, is showing me how much time is spent, daily, on managing this technology and service.
You see… I was the bot and now it’s time to programmatically un-become the bot and make software do the heavy lifting, like it always should have been, and make the bot do what a bot does. Finally.
On Becoming More Human
One of the more important factors in my decision was to become much more available in better and more focused ways. This seems counter-intuitive, at first, but, the reality is that Twitter (and the inter-connected accounts) made my efforts incredibly diluted.
In essence, when I’m available everywhere it means that I’m available nominally everywhere as well and I’m not able to communicate effectively to anyone.
So, instead, by removing Twitter I am reducing a complex array of poor signal and allowing others to engage with me in a vastly better way where I can serve them the best. At this point in time, the following makes the most sense:
- Email – I’ve always been available through this medium and I read everything that comes in. It’s my go-to and has been for a loooooooong time.
- Blog and Vlog – These are my two out-going communication systems and the latter still has the Comment Section open. I like reading and responding to the comments and it’s not too heavy to become burdensome, at least right now. I’ve had the comments on the blog turned off for a while and I have no plans on ever turning them back on.
- Newsletter – I lied… I have a 3rd out-bound communication system but it’s really a combination of the first and the second in many ways as anyone can respond to it via email and I mention it consistently on the blog / vlog. You can subscribe here – I’ve been publishing to it 2-3 times a month, so it’s not burdensome reading.
- Slack – Something new is an open Slack Group where I’ve been having candid dialogues with folks and it’s been really fun. Although it’s directly tied to my startup it’s been a great way to directly engage with me on all types of subjects. The #your-projects channel is especially encouraging where folks are sharing what they are working on with others and getting / giving feedback. What a neat thing.
So, I think that’s about it.
Okay, So, What Now?
Nothing, I guess.
I think I’ll go ahead and finish up these automation tasks, delete Twitter from my device, and then get back to work. Even this blog post has become far too long and I didn’t mean for it to be quite this much of a read.
At the end of the day, it’s not that big of a deal (and I feel that by writing this long post I’m making it more of a deal than it needs to be.
We add and remove apps and tools and technology to our lives every single day. What I’ve come to realize is that we do much more adding than we do subtracting and perhaps maybe we should all endeavor to keep this a bit more balanced.
If I were to leave you with anything it would simply be this: Consider your investments of time and ask yourself if they are creating the value that they need to create in your life. Ask yourself if these things are good or if they are, truly, great.
After you’ve done that, ask again, but get help and perspective from friends and family and folks that you respect. Don’t trust your own feelings, by the way, as most of those are pretty darn deceiving and we’re really, really good at fooling ourselves.
You see, you and I can rationalize ourselves off a bridge (without a parachute) if we’re given enough time and resources to jump.
Also published on Medium.