Accidental Vacation

If you’ve visited this website before, you know that the author used this site to tell inspiring stories about her family, give life encouragement to her readers, or express her opinions on important issues. With each blog post you read about a woman’s journey in life and how she tries to learn from each experience. Her writing wasn’t about making a living or selling a product – she shared her life because she wanted a place to write. Though she doesn’t write to please her audience, she does appreciate it when people read her work.

Who wouldn’t be glad of a positive feedback? The author phrased it very adequately when she said, “at the heart of every experience we have is the fact (that) we are alone inside our heads”. So we use what medium we have to connect to others. A few centuries ago, wanting to talk to a friend far away would have necessitated either days of travelling or weeks of waiting for a letter. Now transportation is easier, and we have the luxury to call each other on a whim, or communicate to each other through the different means in the Internet.

That’s exactly what this article was about. The author called it an accidental vacation, because she didn’t plan on being away from her phone for that length of time. As a self-confessed lover of social media, she constantly uses Twitter, Facebook, and other web apps that keep her connected not just to her family, but to her blog audience worldwide. So even as she was going to a ranch in Idaho, she brought her phone with her.

But the post isn’t about her tweeting on her phone or updating her status (although she managed to do that on the drive over). It’s about her having a great time on her weekend – so much so that it’s only three days after that she realizes she hasn’t checked her favorite sites.

So she goes on to elaborate on her realizations. Mainly, that she doesn’t need social media in her life. Because she doesn’t get her income from it like most bloggers do, there is no need to write something everyday and get traffic in her site. If she does leave, she knows that no one will be deeply affected – life will go on for her and for her avid readers.

This blog post was just probably before the release of Instagram, because if she’d been on it at the time, she probably would have written about it as well.  Wherever you go, and whenever you see something interesting, it’s just a click away from showing to all your followers.

It’s quite funny when we read this post and see that it’s from 2010. That’s a whole four years ago. The author loved social media, but recent technological developments have made it easier than ever to connect our every life move in our accounts and update our friends about it. If you have a smartphone, you probably never leave it too.

How about you? Can you disconnect from social media for three whole days?