Shaken, Not Stirred
Every now and then, I like to
While I do enjoy creating habits and rituals in my life, I find myself often either completely dropping one habit or changing the way that I approach it. For example, you guys have heard me talk about gradually eliminating my social networking
obsession. Last night around 1AM, on a whim I did…kinda.
I created a placeholder account for my Twitter (@SoJoVerdad) so that no one can use the handle. Then I hung an “out to lunch” sign on my real acct. Why didn’t I delete it? I realized that I follow some pretty cool people that haven’t migrated over the G+ yet. If I do decide to tweet again, I want to be sure that I haven’t forgotten them. Still…I’m gone. For
I’d decided months ago that when I let go of FB and Twitter, I would keep G+ as my one vice. Then this morning, I made my way over to G+ and got excited. Why exchange two social networks for another one, you ask? Unlike FB, I’m not bombarded w/ my “real” friends
typing in all caps using their status messages as a journal, and I don’t feel cyber guilt about just not being that interested in their lives. I have a “friend” G+ circle for people that I know in real life, of course. But the truth is that the circle that I stream most often is a “cyber friends” one comprised of a combo of real life friends who also tweet and blog that I find interesting.
One of my main issues with my Twitter feed (which I know is my fault) is that it became incestuous. Sometimes, it can’t be helped. You follow people because you like keeping up with their conversations. But then you realize that all of your neighbors are members of #BlackTwitter. Or #thatawkwardmomentwhen people you know in REAL life are feuding and decide to take it to da ‘nets. Sure I have Indian,
Educated Negro and White tweeps too, but I still felt as though everyone was connected.
I love that G+ allows me to filter my circles so that I don’t have to unfollow or mute people that I truly enjoy otherwise when they’re standing on their cyber platform talmbout about recycled topics like grits….matching bra/panties….Herman Cain….patriarchy…. Beyonce…dating….. *eyeroll* I also don’t think that most people are that interested in my randumb musings, pictures or daily life. But for those who are (and
have been thoroughly vetted aren’t batshyt crazy) , I can share freely.
Then (while searching for like-minded American Horror Story fans) I discovered *cue the heavenly harps* Circle Sharing. Complete strangers sharing the circles they created with people that have things in common…like…American Horror Story. Lol! The cool part, is that this discovery gives me a completely diverse and fresh group of people to follow while shooting the breeze about AHS. Now I’m looking to find new shared circles for other topics that I find interesting. I love this option because I can also feel them out and gradually add more flavor to my CyberFriends circle. Best part? If they don’t fit, I can uncircle and recircle….or not… at will with no guilt.