The Fast

I’m quitting Instagram for Lent. 

I blanched when I first considered it. Wait. CAN you quit Instagram? How will you keep up with anything? You already quit Twitter; how much of a pretentious “I’m better than social media” asshole do you need to be? 

That’s how I know I need the break. Instagram is an app. A tool that makes life easier, yes, but it’s not a necessity. If I can’t put it down for a little while, I have a problem. 

As I considered it, I got excited about new ways to spend my time online. For starters, WordPress. I blog here, but I don’t treat it like a community. Instead I use it to host content that I (sometimes) hope my scatter-brained, instant gratification-addicted Instagram followers click to read, when WordPress has a built-in audience seeking longform posts. I want to consume less and mindfully — committing to reading more blogs is an excellent start. 

And let’s address the fallacy that you lose touch with the world without social media. I worried about FOMO when I quit Twitter, but I’m no worse for wear after 286 days with no clue what people talk about over there. Podcasts and a well-curated YouTube feed keep me current on news, sports, and pop culture. I use a good old-fashioned RSS reader (shouts to Feedly) to keep up with my favorite blogs and websites. I’ll miss some IG-specific creators, but weighing their content against more mental clarity, the scale tips hard toward clarity.

I’ll also post more short content here. Photo posts. Music I’m into at the moment. Quotes that resonate. Brief musings and observations. Stuff like that. 

Finally, I’ll get a good, cleansing mental purge. Quitting Twitter did wonders for my mental clarity. I imagine that will improve with less Instagram content floating around my head. 

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Originally, I planned to post an astrological analysis of Steph Curry today, but this post was more topical for Ash Wednesday. The Steph post — which I’m GEEKED to share because Steph has some BEAUTIFUL astrology — will come out tomorrow. 

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a girl named rob

I used to be "skinny black girl." I'm now a slender woman on the other side of 35 with no new moniker who is not quite interested in writing under her given name. Still writing my life, a day (or some months) at a time. Also, still black.

5 thoughts on “The Fast”

  1. I could really use a break from social media in general as well, so I think you’re giving up a good thing. And who knows? Maybe after Lent you’ll still end up with less Insta-time. Always a good thing though. Anyway, thanks for this post!

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    1. The thing I’m noticing (and I noticed this when I quit Twitter last year) is social media can be really hard on writers. Being exposed to so many voices/ideas/etc, it’s easy to lose your voice in the noise. I’m only a few days in but I feel much clearer.

      And yeah. This fast is what led me to your blog (being more engaged in the WordPress community), so it’s already an improvement.

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