A little less than a month ago, our family was presented with the Estevan Chamber of Commerce Farm Family of the Year Award. There was a banquet, speakers, and the award presentation. Local newspaper coverage is available from Lifestyles and The Estevan Mercury.
My parents have put a lot of hard work, dedication and gave up a lot to not only get us (kids) where we are today, but also some amazing role models in the community. As much as people don’t believe that am a farm boy, I am. I don’t live out there, or even visit there every weekend, but we all have a hand in it at some level. My brother Stephen has been involved with the farm mores, and is looking at taking it over.
Well since Monday morning, I have ditched Facebook, and instagram. I’m left with Twitter and my blog. Hows my twitching going? Good…for the most part.
I find it liberating that I am able to free up some time. Seriously, clock how much you use social media. Odd how some of us get anything done. Here is my pro’s and con’s at the moment.
- The time I have gained is adding up. Sounds brutal, but it is true.
- I’m still using twitter, which I control. Its private (mine is) and I only follow who I want to follow. I can make lists, see select genre’s of tweets. This is good for me, if I want tech news, I load that list. If I want people, I load that list. If I want them all, I load them all.
- I use Tweetbot (yes the one that is $$) and it syncs to icloud for the last known read tweet. I can pick up where I left off, from any device/desktop – I can’t stress how awesome that is.
- The lack of joke pictures and cat videos is liberating, and stupid ‘This morning I peed’ status’s. I find humour in most of it, but now I feel left out.
- Where is everyone? Seriously I miss seeing the updates from some people.
- How can I get ahold of ? It’s crazy how many people have facebook as their be-all and end-all of communication. Im digging up people’s email addresses and trying to continue conversations with them.
- People can’t see me. I was talking to a family member who is not immediate. She asked how she is going to see my updates of my kids, my family funnies (my kids said what?) and videos ive passed on. It really is a central place for people to see each other. I feel bad all of a sudden.
So where am I going to go from here? Dont know. I sway back and forth when I think about it. Facebook shouldnt define me as who I am, so why do I feel less without it? It’s the attachment to other people, and Facebook the medium in which that happens, sad really. Maybe this is the hump I need to get over and all is good, like a relationship breakup.
Ah, the start of change…its like spring. Wait..I think spring skipped up this year, no kidding.
I am writing this post, since there has been a change in my digital life that needed to happen. I’m proud of it, so far.
A few days ago, I saw a tweet that linked to this site: The distraction-free iPhone. It’s a good article, but it outlined one thing for me which I call time-vampiring.
Let me begin with this: If you know me, I have probably joked about having CDO (Its OCD, but alphabetical, as it should be). There are certain traits of CDO that I am certain I have, and I think they are mostly beneficial. These are attention to details. Like spacing of things, measurements, and division of things evenly. Also im a stickler for software updates, and new things that do one more thing better, my mind convinces itself is the be-all and end-all. But there are also some bad traits. My main one is the consumption of information. Apple news is a very bad habit of mine, I’m a die-hard Apple fanboy, and between frequenting news sites, refreshing twitter accounts, rss readers, etc, I am trying to control it. What I find very frustrating, is that my control at work is very good, but some days its staggers.
So after reading that article, I got from it one thing ‘Control my feeds’ Take the option away, and save time. Im going to pick on Instagram. I signed up with them when it was hip to do it (was it ever?) and loved the fact I could take a pic, and send it to Flickr (where I save everything, paid for, etc) Twitter (some followers) and Facebook all at the same time. Then I petered out, sending it directly to Facebook instead. So I found myself using instagram to ‘follow’ some people. The odd part is, that I also followed the same people on twitter and Facebook. So in an average day, I was seeing the picture at least 3 times. If it was a joke, I would see almost a dozen times. How is this effective? Over the last few weeks I find it get on my nerves, and hastily shut down the program in a mini-protest. Only to open twitter after work, or in the morning, and start the process over again. And then it was Facebook’s turn. So last night I checked what is involved in shutting down my instagram page, pretty easy. No big deal, put it on my to-do list.
This morning my wife mentions to me that I ‘liked’ on Facebook a playboy playmate. Real mature James. Problem was it was 10am, I was deep in bar codes (it’s a work thing) and havent touched Facebook at all since the night before. Thinking she is luring me to a comment and she is trying to raise my blood pressure, I hastily bring up Facebook at work (something I try really hard not to do). Facebook presents me with a notification saying it has detected suspicious activity, and I have the option of continuing, after answering some security questions to ensure im not the activity it detected. I installed an app on a website last week to allow me to see a website, that used my Facebook login info, so I was sure I knew what was the culprit, but at this point I was just pissed off. I answered the questions, gained access to my account, and then deactivated the entire account….done.
Feeling infinitely better, I decided to follow through with Instagram. 2 Clicks later..done.
I spent the rest of the work day, not being bothered by my iPhone giving me status updates on the ‘close friends’ that I had on Facebook (family members, good friends, etc). I wasnt tempted to see if anyone commented on a picture or status update I said yesterday. Very liberating.
So…about 12 hours later…how do I feel about it. Good so far. Downsides include trying to pickup some communications that started there, albeit twitter or (heaven-forbid) email. Trying to find either has taken a bit of time, but for the ones I have, its more picked up where the conversation left off.
Wait…Twitter? That is cheating. You may think so, but I find twitter is a broader spectrum of people/companies/websites. I can create lists of people to follow to sort through it all. I am not at the mercy of what/who Facebook decides I should see on my news feeds. No game requests, etc. Its clean and its popular. I can get tech news, photography news, or just people-news as I see fit, depending on what I have time for, and when. It just seems to give me what I need at the moment, control, no BS.
A friend of mine tells me he gives me 48 hours before I reinstate the account. Facebook lets you pickup where you left off and away it goes. No option that I know of to take that temptation away, but so far, im okay with that. I fear I might have to do that to get ahold of someone there where I cannot otherwise, and then deactivate it again, but I hope not.
So what changes? Well, I plan on using my blog (gasp!) more, pictures, etc will be here. Will my wife post links on her Facebook? Maybe. I havent talked about it. Twitter will link stuff here, and I have a few things on the horizon that will keep me busy, yet on task. More details here soon….so in the meantime, here is an image that should hit a nerve.
Last night the kids were getting tired, but needed about 30 minutes of something before we starting baths. We dont usually play a lot of kinect, but it keeps the kids active. So they decided to play, and Jamie and I just watched. Here is the video:
About 10 minutes after this, Allie was done, so I joined Sydney. I legitimately lost to her about 3 times. No…there is no video of that.
Well, Jamie, my lovely wife got me a trip to CES 2013 in Las Vegas for Christmas. Turns out she has been planning it for months. Many months.
Anyhow, I am stil awake after walking all day, and its time to turn in, so I will quickly post a few of the pictures.
The Nikon booth is heaven. Thats all I can say. Well laid out and simply stunning in every aspect…Just the start.
This weekend we were off to a few birthday parties. Our cousins daughter who was born a few days before Sydney had their daughters birthday party on Saturday afternoon, then we went to our niece Kyra’s birthday party and super at my sisters place. This picture is from the afternoon party.