I’ve been on a bit of a generalised blogging and social media break for the past month or so, as I’ve been thinking for a while about reducing my online presence overall. It all just feels too much sometimes, struggling to be a real live person in an increasingly stressful real world while also maintaining multiple virtual versions of myself floating about mischievously in the ether getting up to God knows what when I’m not looking.
So this morning I finally deleted (not just deactivated) my personal Facebook account after ten years on that particular platform. And while I was in the swing of it, I also deleted a separate, dormant Facebook account linked to a long-dormant blog I first began four years ago but used for only seven months. Both accounts gone without a backward glance, a decade’s worth of data set to disappear in due course from its all-too-comfortable cushiony cloud.
So I thought I may as well log back in to WordPress and delete that original long-dormant blog at source. Then while I was in the mood I deleted its also-dormant successor too – blog number two had lasted for about a year and a half before I gave up on it. Which brought me neatly on to blog number three, two years old tomorrow yet also languishing abandoned and unloved… what to do with that?
And I decided it too would have to go, as it all feels too cumbersome and unwieldy to continue with, a past weight of digital data I no longer want to be carried forward into my future. But rather than give up on my lovely WordPress community altogether I’ve decided to start again anew, quietly and with a conscious effort to keep things deliberately low-maintenance for now, and take it from there.
This blog will become my one and only online outlet for whatever content I choose to share with the World Wide Web, but I’ve kept my old profile pic so that old friends on here can still recognise me even with my new site name and address. I’ve not got much idea at the moment exactly what form any new content might take, but I’m sure something will appear on the page, sooner or later… watch this space! 🙂