I'm taking a monthlong retreat from social networks, blogging and other public online communication. There are three main questions I'll be contemplating:
- How have I been affected by pervasive connection to the social network? I took a week off a couple of years ago and figured out a few things, but I've lost perspective again. I'm taking a full month this time to examine my motivations, evaluate the benefits and costs, and finally reengage with a more intentional strategy for participation.
- How will my creative expression change when I stop publishing multiple times each week? My intention to explore longer-term and more substantive projects has been sabotaged by an addictive pull to continuously post new work. I haven't been able to discipline myself to cut down, so I'm going cold turkey.
- Is it time to retire the Botgirl Questi persona? Five years ago, a fictional being emerged from my subconscious and became the central focus of my online life and creative expression. Over the last couple of years, the line between author and character has blurred to the point that neither is well served. A change is long overdue.
I wish everyone a great holiday season. I'll be back in January.