I’ve taken a little break from the DSMA Blog Carnivals so I’m happy to be back this month writing on April’s DSMA Blog Carnival topic:
Being engaged with the Diabetes Online Community through social media is what #DSMA is all about. But sometimes, the engagement we love so much can start to get a bit overwhelming. Just as we can have bouts of diabetes burnout, we might also have bouts of social media burnout. With that in mind, let’s revisit our chat from March 29th. We’d love to hear your tips as you tell us . . .
What are some of the things we can do to prevent social media burnout?
I love this topic. I feel like I went through a social media burnout this past January/February. At the end of last year, I completely overwhelmed myself trying to read every single blog on my blog roll, tried to keep up with everyone on Twitter, that it got completely overwhelming. Coupled with bad news from the OBGYN and not knowing if I would be able to get pregnant, I just wanted to completely disconnect from social media for a while. It wasn’t just a DOC (Diabetes Online Community) Twitter/blog burnout, it was my personal Facebook burnout too because I hated going online and seeing so many photos of my friend’s babies. The two burnouts sort of happened at the same time and I found it was a tough couple of months. This also corresponded with a small bit of diabetes burnout too. I had worked so hard to get my A1C to 6.4 to be baby ready that when I found out I might not be able to get pregnant, I was frustrated and upset and I let my blood sugars lapse some.
I’m not really sure what I could have done to prevent the social media burnout. Sometimes, I check Facebook or Twitter too much. I wake up and read my phone in bed to wake up or I’ll read my phone when I go to sleep. I realize this is a habit I probably need to break.
I think the advice I would give myself to prevent social media burnout in the future is to not try to hard. I was trying so hard to read everyone’s blogs and try to comment as much as possible that it got overwhelming. Within the last two months, as I’ve been overcoming my burnout I’ve been reading some blogs but I don’t make it a point to try and read every single one. I still want to stay in touch with others but I’m trying to not devote a whole day or two to reading blogs. I’m trying to just read them periodically if I have a few minutes here or there to kill.
My advice to others would be to not be afraid to miss something. Twitter moves so fast that it’s hard to keep up with everyone. I sort of like this about Twitter because I’m not learning too much about someone’s life but if they are sharing a diabetes experience and I happen to read it, I can comment and help the person feel less alone with their experience because I’ve been through it too.
I think social media burnout is something that can affect anyone, not just a diabetic. Making sure you still make time for you and your family and friends, in real life, is important. I think setting boundaries is important too. I haven’t thought about what my boundaries would be but maybe something like I will read Twitter/Facebook only during certain hours or for not more than X amount of hours per day/week.
“This post is my April entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival. If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at http://diabetescaf.org/2014/04/april-dsma-blog-carnival-4/“