What I Learned from Two Weeks off the Internet

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I know I'm not the only one feeling the effects of a 24/7 news cycle, a tragedy happening every day, a need to protest and fight every week. Scared to feel numb over another shooting, scared to feel tired over a political act, and becoming hella cynical about everything and everyone. I knew the only way to improve things was to remove myself from it all so I could rest up and prioritize.

I think my job as a blogger/influencer/content creator has made it even more intense for me. This is no 9 to 5; being an influencer feels constant even when I put rules in place. Every time I opened my phone or laptop, the world was screaming for my attention and I knew I needed to do a hard reset. No internet: no email, no Googling, and no social media. And the only way to do that was to take that time off work as well.

I planned this break over a month in advance so I could truly escape. I notified brands, my WordPress support team, my VA, and a few peers. I set in systems in case my site crashed, my Instagram was hacked, or any other issue took place. I knew that with my friends and family, I'd be kept aware of time-sensitive news and issues.

My last day of work was the SCOTUS ruling about Roe vs. Wade. That was not planned, but as I scrolled through beautiful graphics and crying selfies on Instagram it made me realize I desperately needed this break. I turned on my Out of Office, finished the last promised deliverables, and closed my laptop. I didn't open it again until this past weekend.

Disconnection Felt… Familiar

My first week offline was weird. The house seemed so quiet, but I realized it was because my mind was quiet. I caught myself opening my phone with no purpose. I did a lot of organizing of my photos. I did my morning journaling, I sipped not gulped my coffee, I did sun salutations. I kept my therapist appointment for that Thursday and it was one full of ideas and hope.

This felt like more of a vacation than any beautiful and relaxing destination I had ever visited. I felt so calm! No planning, no schedule, no researching where to eat, no outfits to coordinate and shoot. But then our cable box went out. I hadn't been watching the news or live TV (part of my rule for this two-week break) but access to it was there just in case and by having it gone made me panic.

I was suddenly back to where I was in 2001 when my then-boyfriend and I in our first place together said we didn’t need cable, we watched DVDs, we listened to music, we read the paper. We considered getting an antenna to capture grainy local news but figured it wasn't worth it. And then September 11th happened.

He worked nights; my job closed early. I drove home and woke him to tell him the news. We went to his dad’s house so we could watch the news. Our DVDs couldn't let us know if loved ones were safe, if our country was safe.

The next day we called Comcast to get cable TV hooked up. We realized we had to be connected, we had to be aware of what was going on in our world.

A couple of years later, this Luddite who wrote her college papers on a Brother word processor and didn't “get” paying for cable got a job in eLearning, opened her first social media account, taught herself basic HTML, and began a blog. She also married that boyfriend and he quit that night job.

Within a decade, I went from being the tech-unsavvy friend who needed her bestie to format her resume and was the last to know about that celeb/bipartisan bill/new restaurant to having a successful blog and building social media platforms for a DC think tank. I became the friend who knew the latest everything. I loved how social media kept me connected to what mattered to me, and helped me be aware of what was going on in my community, my government, and the world.

Feeling Hyperconnected, Hyperaware, and Utterly Overwhelmed

But in the past few years with news overload and social media overload, I feel hyperconnected and hyperaware and utterly overwhelmed. I know about cults and Qanon and the name of my 3rd grade crush’s daughter’s French bulldog. I know the best way to peel garlic, to clean a washing machine, to contact my representatives, to prevent thigh chafing.

I know how much they spent on their police force last year, how many shootings have happened in this month alone, who voted for what bill, and which influencer shared a really good-looking graphic with these statistics. I know where they ate last night, where he spends his Saturday mornings, how many CCs she injected into her face.

I’ve learned more in the past two years than I feel I did in all my years of public schooling. I am grateful, I am horrified, I am angry. But the injustices in our country and the issues we are facing have all melded with Pickles the Frenchie and Rudy Giuliani’s dripping hairline and I needed this break. But I didn't realize how hard it would be to stay offline.

Breaking the Social Media Seal

Where we live it’s common to ask, “fireworks or gunshots?” It is by far the most popular question in our city's Facebook and NextDoor groups. We have a CIA training facility as well as a skeet shooting range nearby, and depending on the cloud cover and humidity, the shots may sound miles away or down the street.

It was a couple of days before the 4th of July and folks were already setting of fireworks. Nearby cities had early fireworks displays that we could hear from our back deck. But when I woke at 1:21am to a light rain and the sound of fireworks or gunshots my brain started spiraling. I live too close to DC to brush it off.

I was relying on my loved ones to text if there was something major happening, but I live closer to major highways and DC than many of them who were likely in deep sleep and fully unaware. Still half-asleep (gotta love those Equilibria sleep gummies), I went outside, and the sound was louder, I had no idea where it was coming from.

I found Safari is never truly gone when you delete the app from your phone. You can just go into the App Store and search “saf-“ and it will pop up Safari and won’t have the cloud with the arrow but just “open” and it opens so easily with all your bookmarks and search history waiting for your return. And so I typed “t-“ and there was Twitter telling me it was a weird thunder that only happens under special conditions and not another attack on our nation’s capital.

I broke the social media seal, and as we tried to figure out the problem with our cable provider, I went back to morning checks of Twitter to see what happened the day prior. But unlike before vacation where I’d click all the articles and go down thread rabbit holes, I’d gather the summary from tweets and then based on what I gleaned and its importance/immediacy, Google search for news on that topic.

Before I deleted Safari, my browser didn’t have me logged into Instagram or Facebook. Yet when I typed in, “fa-“ Big Brother knew I had already broken the social media seal and brought me logged in to my timeline.

I had 99+ notifications, but scrolling through none of them were important. Most were friends who had commented on something or shared something. A few folks wanted to join my Facebook group, a relative commented on a photo I shared a couple of weeks ago.

I didn’t feel any animosity or desire when opening Facebook. I did a friend purge/mute in 2020 and my timeline is 90% groups and 10% people (well more like 50% groups, 45% ads, and 5% people). Nothing made me want to stay more than two minutes (I timed it).

All About Instagram

I then went to Instagram on Safari and folks… Instagram sucks so bad in a browser. Everything looks like music sounds through a shower Bluetooth speaker that comes free with a magazine subscription. It resembles old Instagram, with the old bottom menu, Reels bordered in black to be the same square size as photos. It makes you realize how those subtle Instagram updates have lured us in even deeper.

Reels look stupid (even your own) when you’ve been away from all social media for a week. Like what is this drek? The dancing and fast pace and filters; the color and the hyper realness and the same song over and over… I ended up deleting hundreds of accounts over the two weeks because my feed in my browser made me feel so many things.


Why do I see a Reel for this? I don’t follow the account. Why is my very smart and funny stylish friend dancing maniacally in a parking lot wearing an ill-fitting dress? Why is another very stylish friend shilling Walmart, I know she hasn't even stepped foot in one. Why can’t I afford a vacation like that we have the same job what am I doing wrong? Why am I being served this, do I need it? Do others in my demo want this? Is this the future? Is this what I need to do to make it? What is making it? It’s not what I thought it was a week ago.

I opened my DMs and there were dozens and dozens from the week prior replying to my Stories about the SCOTUS hearing. Sad emojis, angry emojis, broken heart emojis. Strangers telling me their personal stories, sharing their anger and their heartbreak mixed with catfish accounts of soldiers and surgeons looking for love and folks asking where I got my pants.

I didn’t go back to Instagram for the rest of my vacation. I checked Facebook once more, but just the notifications to ensure I didn't miss something major. Twitter was the only social media that I visited, but I'd go in, click the magnifying glass/Explore and look at For You, News, Entertainment, and then leave.

I didn't miss TikTok, in fact, I felt my brain slow down after deleting it. I was a big TikTok fan before my vacation. I felt that if things were different, I'd be a TikTok influencer, not Instagram. I could spend so much time on TikTok, especially when I had that insomnia that wakes you just two hours before your alarm so there's no real point in trying to go back to sleep. I'd watch until you'd get that concerned conventionally attractive person telling you it's time to close the app. I found TikTok informative and funny and fresh. But a week away and I can't tell you a single account that I followed that I really miss.

But I could with Instagram. I missed seeing my friends and those I have followed so long they almost feel like friends. Yes even influencers have parasocial relationships with other influencers. I was willing to take the drek to see those folks again.

Friday night I added back my Instagram app. I saw Chico's shared a Reel of mine I made before my vacation (based off this capsule wardrobe) and scrolled through the comments. I replied to one asking what size I wore. I went to my DMs and read all of them, but instead of reacting to each DM with a heart as I usually do, I just deleted. I wasn't trying to be rude, I just didn't have it in me to continue those conversations, to get the replies and then have to reply to the replies.

Too Many Lines of Communication

It made me realize how many ways I have for folks to get in touch with me. Instagram comments on posts and Reels, and Instagram DMs. Facebook group and Facebook page and even though I turned off DMs for my brand page I still get them from those who know my name or from commenting with my personal account in my group. Twitter replies and private messages. Blog comments and contact form. Multiple email accounts. I even get requests to chat on Pinterest.

For every friendly comment and honest question there is someone who is overstepping the bounds of the parasocial relationship. The open lines of communication make folks a bit too comfortable with what they type (or send a voice message – influencer followers, please stop doing this to us) and receiving them in the same space as scheduling brunch with friends and campaigns with brands it hits different.

I've been a blogger for 17 years. I've been mentioned on GOMI and Blogsnark and several other subreddits. Individuals have created accounts and sites over the years to mock me, imitate me, impersonate me, and discredit me. I've had times (2014 was not a good year) when it really hurt me, but I've learned to treat it as part of business. Yet here I am in 2022 feeling beholden to the DM critic.

This is a Job, Not a Sorority

I need to be on Instagram, it's an important part of my business. And honestly, even with my list above, I enjoy much of Instagram. I love Stories, making them and viewing them. I love doing Lives with other cool people (and may do more in the future). I even find making Reels fun at times. I love scrolling through and seeing what folks are doing, the creativity and humor and beauty astound me.

I just need to remember that this is a job, not a sorority. Unfollowing those I compare myself to or judge, turning off DMs, and sharing when I want to and not just to please the algorithm may make that aspect of my job better.

Saying all social media is bad is like me in 2001 saying I don't need TV because I subscribe to the Washington Post. It's pretentious and it's false and it's holding oneself in a comfortable little bubble that is going to pop very soon. But just like binging five seasons of a series in a single weekend, social media can be unhealthy and it's important to analyze our relationship with it on a regular basis.

I highly recommend a break, even if you break the seal earlier than you hoped. It was extremely enlightening and I don't want to go back to where I was two weeks ago.

What I'm Doing to Control My Social Media and Internet Usage When Social Media and the Internet is Literally My Job:

My therapist suggested some of these, I read a few articles before my vacation that suggested some others, and some I figured out on my own after these two weeks. I think these are pretty doable for a long period of time and I share because I think they could work for you even if you don't have a job like mine:

  1. Delete (almost) every app. You can access Twitter and Facebook from a phone browser, and if you're mainly using Instagram to scroll, you can use a browser for that as well. The platforms aren't as pretty or easy to navigate which reduces your time on them.
  2. The apps you need, hide them in a folder. You can't access Facebook Messenger from a browser, and you can't do anything other than post a photo to your feed from the browser version of Instagram. Gmail also sucks in browser form. I've reinstalled these apps but moved them to a folder on the third tab of my phone so it takes effort to access them. I know from these two weeks that if they're right there when I open my phone, I'm going to open them.
  3. Turn off DMs. Stop using social media platforms as your method of communication. If they're close enough to chat with often, they're close enough to text you or email you or FaceTime you or call you or WhatsApp you or anything else. Streamline your forms of communication and don't have them in the same place where you get recipes, outfit advice, and thirst traps.
  4. Turn off notifications. I did this years ago and it's a gamechanger. The only apps that give me notifications are Facebook Messenger (very popular with my kid's friend's parents and the Buy Nothing group I am a part of) and text. There is nothing in Instagram, Facebook or even email so important that I need to address it imediately. If I, an influencer, who makes her money off these apps can turn off her notifications, you can too.
  5. Only share during work hours. I may go to a fabulous event on a Tuesday night or do something super fun on a Saturday, but that doesn't mean I have to post it at the same time. Just like I did with my vacation, I can film and save for later. A brand will have to pay me to post outside business hours; consider it overtime. Right now my only exception is sharing Weekend Reads on Facebook and Instagram, but I am considering hiring someone to do that on my behalf.
  6. One screen at a time. If I am typing on my laptop, my phone is across the room charging. If I am watching TV, my laptop is closed. If I am sharing on Instagram, I am not also watching a movie. You think you're multitasking but you're just half-assing multiple things at once.
  7. Unsubscribe. Unsubscribe from retail emails, even if you shop there regularly, because every email is temptation to click, scroll, and shop. Unsubscribe from every single text from businesses, brands, politicians, and non-human IRL friends. Unsubscribe from newsletters, paring down to just a handful of the ones that really make an impact. Unsubscribe from podcasts that are meh, stick to the yeah, and be okay with some silence between episodes. Unsubscribe from the politicians and PACs; you don't need an email to remind you to vote, to call, to donate.
  8. Journal first (or last). My therapist suggested that during this two-week break that each day I write down five things I am grateful for, and no repeats. For my life, I find it easier to stick to the habit of doing this every morning and have told myself, no screens and no devices until I have journaled. Along with my five items, I also do a quick recap of the previous day. Sometimes this is half a page, sometimes I feel the need to write several pages. For others, journaling before bed may be a better time of day.
  9. Schedule quarterly breaks. Another great idea from my therapist, who does this herself to stay sane and grounded in her field. One week every quarter take off from all social, email, and internet. Even if I didn't stick to it for this two-week break, I still reaped the rewards and know I need to do this every so often to not fall back into old ways. I know not all can do a week a quarter, but even a long weekend can make a major impact.

The Fear of the Parasocial Relationship

I can't tell you how many times I deleted something in this piece, rewrote something, and then put it all back. I worry about hurting your feelings, offending you, turning you off with my honesty. With admitting this is a job and not some social group. I've already had a few messages unhappy with me or the changes I've made to reduce communication.

Yes, this is a community, but a community is a group of individuals, not a duo. And DMs don't build community because no one sees them except you and I. But the Facebook group, comments on the blog and on in-feed posts and reels on Instagram… that is community. There is a reason we have all come together on the internet. We, not just you and I, are like-minded folks. You all are some badass humans and deserve to connect with fellow badass humans and I'm psyched to be a catalyst. I believe that streamlining communication will facilitate, not breakdown this commuity.

Streamlining will give me mental space and schedule space for other ways to improve this community. The current way I am running this business is not sustainable and I don't want to end Wardrobe Oxygen any time soon. Quite the contrary. There will be changes over time to make Wardrobe Oxygen more enjoyable for me to run, while keeping it informative and fun for you. I've been changing for 17 years; Wardrobe Oxygen isn't anything like what it was back then (not even the name is the same!). Change is good, and with the current trajectory of this world we need to be nimble and aware without getting overwhelmed.

Thanks for being here. I look forward to what the future holds, and look forward to your feedback here and in the Facebook group!

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  1. “Unsubscribe from retail emails, even if you shop there regularly.”

    For me, rather than unsubscribing I’ve just created a filter to push all those emails into a Shopping folder. I only check it when I am in need of a particular item, to see if someone is having a sale. I’ve found it to be a good balance, much like you putting your social media apps into a folder on the third page. I have to take effort to go look at them, but they’re still there if I have a need 🙂

  2. Welcome back! So much of this really spoke to me, even the “gunshots or fireworks” question (I live on the VA side of DC and this comes up regularly). I really appreciated this thoughtful post and plan to reread it and use some of your suggestions. You have created such a unique and special space with Wardrobe Oxygen and I look forward to seeing what the future holds. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences in addition to the fashion and fun stuff!!

  3. I enjoy your blog and have gotten good advice about occasion dressing from your posts. Thank you for your helpful articles. I’m glad you are back.

  4. Thanks for this interesting post. I downloaded TikTok on a whim earlier this year and it’s sort of been the worst decision, but apparently not bad enough to lead me to actually delete it.

    Am I the only person whose Internet addiction is more about Googling (or browsing/shopping)? We stayed in a place a few years ago with no Internet and I didn’t miss email/social media much, but it was driving me crazy that I couldn’t randomly look up Nancy Drew or whatever. There really is an addictive edge to it.

    1. Yep, those are what I call my rabbit holes. I just finished reading Anthony Bourdain’s Medium Raw and one chapter made me then try to look up Bourdain’s first wife and her whereabouts, etc. I love love love blog posts like WO’s Weekend Reads, Cup of Jo’s Have a Lovely Weekend, and GoFugYourself’s Fugs and Pieces, sfgirlbybay’s Friday Finds, and Girls of a Certain Age’s Friday links — you get the gist — but they definitely bulk up my weekend internet reading significantly and create additional rabbit holes! I’m not even mentioning all the different substack newsletters I subscribe to — and have become an insurmountable mountain in my Newsletters Gmail folder (at least, not showing in my inbox).
      I’ve just forsworn using my iPhone on weekends (other than for occasional texts, logistics checking — Google Maps, Yelp) in solidarity with my kid who’s on a break from their iPad. That’s helping! (But yes, here I am, still on my desktop right now — procrastinating with my morning tea before I pay bills).

      1. I did delete FB back in 2016 (post-election), but IG is my main vice. Have avoided TikTok (get enough videos forwarded from friends or else, re-posted in IG). Occasionally, dip into Twitter and then jump out of it 30 mins-1 hour later with anger/frustration/despair.

        1. “Occasionally, dip into Twitter and then jump out of it 30 mins-1 hour later with anger/frustration/despair.” I FEEL that description so deeply. Not twitter, but Facebook or Instagram. Those rabbit holes are dangerously addictive.

  5. Alison, I applaud the steps you have taken/will take to modify your online and social media usage! I deactivated my Facebook account for 3 years, because it was making me sad and anxious to read some of the posts on it. I reactivated it 6 months ago, but I made some changes. I have stripped any personal information or photos from my profile, and I never post. I found myself missing the connection I had developed with some of my college friends, so I comment on their pages. I had mostly snoozed my right-wing relatives, but after the Dobbs decision, I went ahead and unfriended and blocked the most toxic ones. I post very occasionally on Instagram, but I mostly follow animal rescues and cat photo feeds. I have curated my friends list and generally refuse any new friend requests, I joined twitter to look at tweets from some of my favorite political commentators, but I have decided that I will never post anything, never follow anyone, and never let anyone follow me (and, really, why would anyone want to follow me?). I have found that compartmentalizing my social media has really reduced my stress levels.

  6. As a MS/HS teacher, I felt your essay was important enough to excerpt and have students read.

    There are a lot of people who feel that screens/phones = bad and social media/apps/gaming = addictive. I’m not saying they’re wrong, but the reality is that these technologies have been part of our kids’ lives for their whole lives and will be a part of their lives in the future, probably for the rest of their lives. My feeling as an educator is not to deny the technology or dismiss it, but to try and make my students use it mindfully–that is, to be conscious of when they are using it and why, and for how long. I want them to become aware of how online technology may be changing their emotional state or their outlook, or even their physical awareness of say, if they are hungry or tired.

    I feel that your essay does point to these issues of having that awareness and nurturing your own needs in context of technology–thank you for articulating them so authentically.

  7. Great, thoughtful, honest, authentic post, Alison. I enjoy following you and appreciate that you are practicing what (it sounds to me) you often preach: walking confidently in this world while being true to yourself. Thank you and best wishes. ❤️

  8. Allison, I’m sorry you are feeling so burnt out, but glad that this 2 week break allowed you to clear your head and get some perspective. I hope that as you move forward you find a path that allows you to continue what you clearly love, but outsources many of the tasks that you don’t. I hope that you find inner peace and contentment, which as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned is not the same a happiness, but is more about how you process and internalize all that is happening to and around you

  9. I am not an influencer but I find myself greatly affected by the stress of my job. I no longer feel like I can think deeply anymore. I end up scrolling Instagram or the internet because I am tired and it requires less work at night than reading or trying to get into some complex movie. I try to take one week off every three months to give myself a break and for the first couple of days, I can’t relax. However, I eventually do relax and it is like washing mud off and becoming clean. I can suddenly think and I feel so much better.

    One thing that helps me when I am on a break is to leave my home for the day. I go to the park and read a book or I go to a museum. If I am not home, I can’t go on the computer and if I am doing things, I am not mindlessly scrolling. When I am out, I also carry a book with me and try not to touch my phone unless absolutely necessary.

    1. I’m also glad you took the time and I did miss you, and glad your back. Thanks for the information as I had no idea blogs were so time consuming. I have noticed several blogs I have enjoyed reading over the past 5-8 years are no longer working and I miss their content. So thank you for stepping back to take care of yourself. I would really miss you!

  10. I think I need to take one day a week with no screens. The few times I’ve done it have been interesting. I can feel my sadness, which isn’t the most fun thing, but I know it means I’ve been either suppressing or distracting myself (not intentionally), and actually processing it feels healthy.

    I also end up with a long list of things I want and/or need to do. Normally, I think of something, then get distracted, then think about it again when it’s too late or I just feel dumb for not remembering.

    Reading Stolen Focus by Johann Hari has helped a lot. The problem is really serious. As a society where covid causes brain damage and we can’t focus anymore, how won’t things get worse? Thanks for posting about this!

  11. Thank you for such a thoughtful exploration of lessons learned off social media. I have been working on paring down my social media use, and it feels like “steps forward/steps back”. You gave me a lot to think about, and some practices I would like to put in place. Thanks for always keeping it real!!

  12. Allie, Welcome back. I am off 90% of personal social media. I follow art and fashion on Instagram, politics on Twitter and very occasionally dip into Facebook for my friends (family aren’t really on there thank goodness) and some amazing groups. This is one reason I hope you continue blogging here at this page. I love your blog so much. It’s a highlight of my day, but I am not someone who will go over to social media to follow stories or the minituae of influencers’ lives. I hope you find balance. My husband and I run a business together and mostly it’s great but it can also be stressful because all our eggs are in one basket so to speak. I stay plugged into some freelance work in my old career just so I feel like if something happened to our business I could go back to that. I hope I can get over that fear mindset but that’s not today!

  13. Thank you for sharing and I will echo others admiration of your thoughtfulness. I have always appreciated your responses but am so glad you know where to draw limits for yourself.
    So much of this post resonated with me and I am enjoying you being back!

  14. Welcome back Allie! Yours is the only blog I read, and I’ll continue to do so through any changes that come. It sounds like your break was extremely positive and restorative. I enjoyed reading your insights and look forward to seeing how things progress on the blog into the future!

  15. I missed you while you were gone but am so happy you took a break. Your content has such high quality and there is no way that you can keep to that level of quality if you are running on empty.

    Love the social media tips, thanks for sharing. Welcome back!

  16. Standing ovation from over here!
    Excited to see what’s next and wishing you continued space and enjoyment.

  17. Thanks for the great post, and welcome back!

    Agree with what everyone said about the importance of boundaries. I work in mental health and the only way I can stay sane and be present for others is to not do any social media at all. My favorite distraction is looking at used clothes on Ebay and We Rate Dogs (every dog is a Good Dog).

    Glad you are taking care of yourself.

  18. Love this for you!! Also thinking about taking a break from being too Online, thank you for sharing how you planned/did it <3

  19. I love all of this. I deactivated my Facebook account months ago because I found that is where I got sucked into the most – the overwhelming news, people’s reactions to news, folks sharing nothing but depressing things. It was too much. I deactivated and haven’t looked back.

    I’m so happy you feel refreshed and I look forward to implementing more of the “deactivations” that you mention above. 🙂 But, selfishly, also very happy to see you back!

  20. Welcome back! Waking up on Saturday mornings while ypu were gone made me really cognizant of how much I was looking forward to your Weekend Read. You were missed. Thanks for what you do.

  21. Welcome back, I missed you!

    The addiction you describe is one I know well. In my case, there was no gray area. I knew I’d need to cut out social media, so I did. Luckily for me, my job does not require a social media presence, so I did not have to compromise.

    I like your new boundaries and wish you the best of luck with them.

  22. I was so glad to see your post – I’ve missed you! This break and what you’ve learned and shared with us redefines the concept of “Influencer” for me. Influencing doesn’t have to be all about commercialism and monetization – it can be about doing and being better as a human, and lighting the way for us to do the same. I so value what you’ve brought to my life Alison, and whatever boundaries keep you with us are a good thing as far as I’m concerned. Welcome back!

  23. Thank you for being so transparent. My burnout is intense and I’ve been struggling to find a way out. So much of what you shared resonated with me and I’ll be rereading this for more clarity.
    Number 5 smacked me upside the head! Of course!
    IG can suck the joy out of my day too easily but I know it’s mandatory for my business so I’ve got to get clearer on my boundaries.
    Thank you Alison

  24. Kudos to you for the cleanse, we all need that break! I have limited my Facebook time alot, use Insta more but try to keep it light with who I follow. I dont follow TikTok and my Twitter has cobwebs on it for the amount I use it. My biggest issue is the shopping emails, I have been weeding thru them but FOMO is my biggest stumbling block. I only have 5 blogs I follow, yours being one of them. 😉

    1. If you use gmail, its easy to set up filters so commercial emails bypass your inbox and go directly into a shopping folder. You can set up a batch filter for ALL the shopping emails in your inbox right now – once you do it once or twice, its even easier than unsubscribing. It will even clean up multiples that are in your inbox right now. I take a peek once or twice a month if I want to see if a store I’ve subscribed to is having a sales, etc.

  25. Welcome back! It’s so good to read your post this morning & I appreciate your sharing these thoughts with us. I’m also glad you got a lot out of this break. You’ve given me lots of food for thought. I resisted joining Instagram for years but finally got the app. What I have tried hard to do is use it to follow just a few favorite bloggers (WO, obviously) & lots of accounts that focus on photos of beaches, certain cities, architectural elements; pictures that make me happy. It’s actually lovely & gives me a break from all the real-world stuff that can overwhelm at times. I look forward to where you’re headed with WO—it will be good, no doubt.

  26. Welcome back from your well deserved break! I missed seeing your daily updates as your blog is one of the first ones I started following years ago and the only one I still look forward to. I appreciate your hard work and can only imagine how much effort and time online it requires so when you need a break go for it….the faithful will be waiting for you here❤️ Thank you and take care!

  27. Excellent advice. I have been working on setting my boundaries and have found that the more I do, the less guilt, regret, exhaustion, frustration, and overstimulation I feel. It takes time — not just on social media but in all other aspects of life — but I feel better. Keep streamlining!

  28. First off, I am inspired by your break and these tips. Thank you for sharing them. Secondly, your discussion here about Instagram lives and reels reminded me of the following: a former supervisor of mine said once that if Instagram wasn’t commercial at its core, Lives would be the most popular and promoted element of Instagram. But Lives don’t capture our flashy, brightly, commercial culture. They don’t promote, they take time, and they make you think: all things Instagram isn’t interested in. Lives allow for the dissemination of knowledge that can make you question why you are spending time on social media and buying into it all, and of course that is not a social media site wants.

    I look forward to seeing what’s next for this blog and your online presence. Thank you for still sharing with us.

  29. Welcome back and I am SO glad it was restorative for you! I was tempted to text you a couple of times to say hello but didn’t in favor of giving you extra space. Not that it matters, but I think turning off DMs is super smart. Big hugs, thank you for sharing your lessons learned!

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