Radio Silent

I’ve decided to go radio silent for a while. A couple of weeks at least, maybe longer. I’m not going to post on my blog, tweet, or be on Facebook. I’m going to take a break.

It’s been a long time coming.

screen-shot-2012-02-18-at-7-46-18-amThe idea of taking a social media fast has been appealing to me, and I’ve been considering doing this for quite some time. When Vanessa and I visited Canada last summer, we were basically offline for several days. It was amazing. In Canada, I had to be offline because I don’t have an international data plan and there wasn’t any wifi at the beach where we were camping. I’ve wondered if I could replicate that same offline experience in my real life.

Now, I’m going to try.

But it’s more than that. Increasingly, Facebook and other online interactions haven’t been generative for me. They have drained me. I have found myself upset, annoyed, and constantly judging and rebutting what other people think, believe, and post. This is not the person I want to be.

And worse, I’ve been negative and jealous. When I see others post things about how amazing their lives and ministries are or how God has so amazingly answered their prayers, or when I read a blog post that gets a lot of traffic but isn’t all that profound, lately, I’ve been having a reaction that I don’t like very much.

As probably evidenced by the post right before this one, I think I’ve let myself get too jaded and too sarcastic. Facebook isn’t to blame for this. I am.

In essence, I don’t think I’ve been the best version of me lately. And so, I’m going to go quiet for a while. I’m going to try to spend the time I had spent on social networks doing other kinds of things. Like yard work. And reading. And meditating. And writing for an not-so-immediate audience.

I know that I don’t have a huge blog following, but I wanted to let all of you that are out there know where I am. I’ll be back at some point.

If you need or want to get in touch with me, please do so at robb (at) vintagefellowship dot org.

 

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  • Kathy

    Reflection is always good. Enjoy your media break. I look at Facebook as my way to see what is happening in the lives of others. I can pray for needs, recall good times, be challenged in my thinking, and be blessed by the good things going on. I am also reminded of the ways I am blessed…even though the past year has been a very difficult one. I sometimes feel some anxiety over posts, but that is quickly replaced. My best vacation was one without media, and I hope this is a healthy break for you. Best regards!

  • You will be missed. I enjoy reading what you have to say.

  • Ann McPherson

    I’m just finding this blog and recently found you through your book Fundamorphosis! Well written, inspiring, God-filled and awesome! I’m telling everyone who cares to listen to read, read, read it! I’m glad you are unplugging for awhile and tune in more to God’s voice, not the world’s. Bless you & hope to hear from you real soon! 😉

    • rryerse

      Ann,

      Thanks so much for the message. I find it interesting (and providential?) that I woke up this morning to your comments on the blog – the very morning that I am making my return to the blog. I am so glad that the book was an encouragement to you. Your words have been an encouragement to me.