Trying to unplug in a plugged-in world, day one

On January 1, I decided to unplug from social media for January (aside from the social media work I do). No more checking in on Facebook or Twitter or anywhere else. Just use the Internet as a tool rather than as a distraction.

On the first day, I put together a rough mix for a lengthy music recording session I did over the holidays that may or may not turn into an m2 project, cobbled together rough but quite serviceable fan “movies” pieced together from Star Wars Rebels episodes, among other odds and ends. And obviously, I worked that whole time as well.

It wasn’t groundbreaking stuff, but it was exactly what I had been missing: a chance to just sit down and be creative just for the hell of it, without worrying about whether I was obligated to or it was part of the job or whatever. Just withdrawing a bit from the dense assault of tweets, posts, memes, headlines, comments, notifications, feeds, articles, clips, likes, pictures, and messages of Facebook, Twitter and the like — not checking in, not peeking, just logging out and staying logged out — has been freeing.

It sure feels nice, too.

I’ve been highly productive doing work for my clients and have been productive for me. When it comes to the latter, feels like that’s the first time for a while.

After stagnating for too long, I’d like this to be a creative year. I want to make stuff again. Record new music. Do some paintings. Write some stories. ‘Cause that’s what makes life worth living.

Of course, it’s only been, what, 36 hours or so? Let’s see if this is the start of leaving social media altogether or just a break or what.