Music: KMFDM – “Juke Joint Jezebel”
Location: Out to lunch
For whatever reason, Twitter was on my mind again last night, and I don’t like it. I’ve already caught myself mindlessly scrolling through hashtags and feeds looking for content that might spark my interest instead of using that free time to be productive. I’m checking my phone every few minutes to see if there are new tweets or DMs whereas before I’d only grab my phone when I got a call or text message. The pull to post something, anything, just so I wouldn’t have an empty feed bothered me. Those behaviors aren’t healthy and made me question even more if coming back to Twitter was a mistake.
What did I want out of Twitter? Why did I come back? What can I do to keep these unhealthy behaviors in check? Why was I letting Twitter take up real estate in my head? Should I just kill Twitter again? I pondered these things and ultimately came to a decision. I needed to define what I wanted out of Twitter and how I was going to use it going forward. After some internal debate, this is what I came up with.
My account will only be for talking with friends and joining conversations about topics that interest me. No tweets. No retweets. No follow backs, unless we’re friends. No perusing the moments tab or trending hashtags. I will keep to a small handful of hashtags that interest me and will limit my time looking through them. I even posted a semi-geeky message on my profile to that effect:
This isn’t the Twitter profile you’re looking for. I don’t tweet and I don’t follow back unless we’re friends. Move along. pic.twitter.com/BxiU67I6OC— Ryan (@RyanLeeKing_) April 8, 2019
I know that’s not how it’s typically done on Twitter but who cares? I’m not there to network, build a platform or promote anything. I just want to use it as a glorified messenger. That’s it. Am I weird? That’s a rhetorical question, by the way. There’s no doubt that I’m weird.
Today is my first day back at work, and it’s just as insane as I thought it would be. I’ve only made it a part way through all the emails in my inbox yet there are things on fire that need to be tackled right away. I’ve had to activate my new badge because my old one got damaged and some of my projects that we’ve been running hard on have just got defunded until next quarter. Say hello to new priorities! Can we say fun?