5 Steps to Reclaim Your Life From the Internet

Because there is more to life than the internet…

Have you ever had any epiphany moments in your life? Moments which awaken you and bring deep and lasting change to your life? I have, and one came to me recently. 

Epiphany: a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.

It came about one evening as I was wading through reading blogs and Social Media. I suddenly realized that’s not what I want in my life. And I know that, as a blogger, that seems incongruous. Because like all bloggers, I hope that others will read and enjoy my writing. But I needed to reclaim my life from the internet.

There is so much more to life than keeping up with social media, subscriptions, blogging, and all the rest. Why was I spending time reading posts I wasn’t really interested in or that didn’t enrich my life in some way? So I started internet decluttering, and am I ever glad I did!

5 simple steps for reclaiming your life from the internet.

1. Subscribe to blogs and follow others on social media for the right reasons.

Follow because you find inspiration, encouragement, or interesting content. Unsubscribe to blogs (including this one) if they don’t enrich your life in some way. Otherwise blogging can quickly go from joy to chore!

2. Don’t follow just because you’re hoping they’ll like what you post or follow you too.

Following just to get likes or followers seems a bit like being back in grade school. And who has the time, energy, or desire to play at that?

I only follow blogs I’m truly interested in and have time to read. Even inspirational blogs because if we take in too much food, we can’t even digest it!

So if I follow you, like your posts, or leave comments, it’s because I actually took the time to read and truly liked what I found! Anything less seems misleading somehow.

3. Aim for blogs with mostly evergreen content.

Evergreen content remains valid and interesting for days or even years to come. Think recipes, how-to posts, inspirational posts with a take-away, informative posts with timeless content, even photos. Blog posts with this type of content are great to read and even re-read down the road!

4. Eliminate social media profiles that are either a big time drain or that don’t really work for you.

This can be hard to evaluate, because we want to make it easier for people to follower us. Yet, we don’t want social media to take over our lives. So adapt it to work for you. Do it your own way and find what works best.

5. And remember that blogging and social media are supposed to be about community and communication.

Hubby and I firmly believe that less is often more. So I’d rather create a small community of people who can get to know and interact with one another. A huge list of followers or a huge list of blogs posts to struggle through just does not do that for me.

Internet and technology are great tools. But they’re just that.

Don’t let the internet become your life.

Real life is community and communication, not scrolling pages!

[Photo by BibBorneum on Pixabay. Photo of flowers is our own.]

Author: Sheila Scorziello

Missionary wife in Italy. Mom, grandma, reader, writer, and lover of coffee, simplicity, and nature.

14 thoughts

  1. I agree 100%. Hubby and I are the oddballs – we never had any social media and we wanted to keep it that way. It wasn’t until I began my 2 sites that I opened the accounts reluctantly for the businesses. I must admit, it was hard to do that because I was enjoying not having them to be perfectly honest.

    It is amazing how we fall into the trap of not realizing just how much time we waste on frivolous nonsense that brings us down and adds absolutely zip to our lives. It’s sad, really. I believe the enemy of our soul longs to find these distractions, to pull us away from the truly meaningful and beautiful things that God has blessed us with. The simple moments of life – gentle breeze rolling across our cheeks, birds singing, being still in the glory of God. Wow. Now THAT is my idea of living! 🙂

    God bless you for sharing such beauty, wisdom and revelation only Holy Spirit could bring.

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    1. I know what you mean Holly. Social media is a struggle for me too. But I do find that some followers seem to prefer following via social media. So for now, at least, I keep them open. And I agree. May we never lose sight of the more meaningful and beauty things of life. I guess where I’ve gotten to with it all is that is mostly a matter of balance. Keeping the right focus and the right priorities!

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  2. SO much wisdom in this share, Sheila. I am picky about who I follow as well. Content has to be something I LOVE. And I love what you and your husband do, and hearing about the lessons God is teaching you. We all need mentors. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks Linda, you are always a bright spot in my day! I love what you and your family do too. Running a camp is such a great opportunity to really touch and speak into lives! Whenever I read your posts, I get a sense of calm and peace, and that’s something we all need more of!

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      1. Thank you! Staff training ended Friday and youth camps started yesterday. I know you’ve been praying for us and I appreciate it so much.

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  3. This is great advice because we (at least I ) get pulled into the competition. I feel guilty if I “link up” with others but don’t have time to read so many blogs. Then I feel pressure that if I don’t link up no one will notice my writing. I love the first comment here…if it’s God’s will for my writing to be seen it will. I was feeling kind of moody and doubtful about my writing this evening and prayed that God would lead to something to read that would ease my despondency. Thank you!

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    1. So glad my epiphany moment may work to help others too! Isn’t it great how God does that? Part of what made me think of all this is that I’ve read many posts about authenticity. I started wondering, is my blogging life showing authenticity? Do I follow others with sincere motives, or selfish ones? Do I write just to be seen, noticed, or have success? Or to serve and be an encouragement? How would Jesus have blogged (if such a thing had existed in his time)? And I decided THAT’S what I want to pattern my blogging life after! And yes, it is like Nancy said. It’s all in God’s hands, and if we’re pleasing him, that’s all that really matters!! You write from your heart and that shows. Now just keep on keeping on!!

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  4. A BIG AMEN, SHEILA! To follow bloggers whose posts I never plan to read seems pointless to me. Yes, supposedly publishers are interested in how many followers you have, but surely they know the game many bloggers play in order to raise their total. Maybe I’m naive, but I believe our God is bigger than any game we could play to get ahead! P.S. After reading this post, I am greatly honored that you are a follower of my blog!! 🙂 Thank you very much!

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    1. Good point Nancy, following blogs we don’t plan to read is pointless! And I never thought about publishers (which I personally don’t care about) knowing the game many bloggers play to raise their totals. But it stands to reason. And I truly do love your writing. Uplifting, deep, and informative! I always go away encouraged!

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