Hello, World, Cami’s back!

1 Feb

Let me just start by saying it was not easy. As I mentioned in my last post, for the entire month of January I went off the social media radar. Part of me wanted to see how much I really spent on it and why. Was I wasting time watching too many puppies playing the piano? Was I letting all that hype about Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest get to me? Was I letting the pressure of being visible as a writer taking priority over what I was really supposed to do, which is writing?

I had to find out.

For the first few days it was really hard, so hard that I deleted all the social media apps off my phone. I was at a point were I reached for my phone during commercials, when carpooling, when brushing teeth, when petting the dog, when cooking, you name it. I always struggled to understand how addiction works, but now it was my time to admit I was OD’d on likes and the pressure that came with that thumb up button.

So, what did I accomplish away from the media? First of all I had to retrain my brain to shift focus. No more liking what others did, but rather liking what I did. I sat in front of the computer and begun writing all those stories that I had started or wanted to write but was too busy socializing. I took a short story that I had enough material to make it into a novella and finished it. I had a second story that I begun after my trip to Europe last summer and finished it as well. I begun edits for two of my critique partners. I began working out again. I’m spending more time with my family.

Bottom line, I’m doing what I was supposed to do. The pressure of being visible is still pretty heavy, but as this experiment proved, if I put my mind to something, I will eventually achieve it.

What is the one thing you wish you could do but are afraid you might fail at it?

5 Responses to “Hello, World, Cami’s back!”

  1. anaatcalin February 1, 2016 at 6:30 am #

    Ho! HO! Ho! Welcome back my dear! Missed you, so glad to have you among us again :* :* :*

  2. Hyperion February 8, 2016 at 5:57 pm #

    Ana recommended I visit and glad I did. I’m not very good at the social media management thing but I try. Now I know not to let it take control of my head elves if I want to keep writing and possibly get other things done.

    • Camelia Miron Skiba February 9, 2016 at 10:33 am #

      HI Daniel, happy to make your acquaintance! I too stopped several times by your blog also at Ana’s recommendations. She knows best 🙂
      Head elves you say??? I gotta find a name for mine too (I call them trolls sometime when they annoy me)

      • Hyperion February 9, 2016 at 5:16 pm #

        Oh, those head elves! They entertain me all day long with their noisy chatter. They make excellent muses sometimes. I’ve heard so many good things about you, I’m very pleased to finally connect and enjoy your excellent writing. I hope you’ll find something of interest here. My blog is like a large toy chest. Everything is thrown in there. You might have to rummage around a bit. Please enjoy whenever you like.

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