In the last six months, I have noticed a huge theme lurking among all the blogs I read on a daily basis.
It seems as if bloggers are all struggling with the same thing.
Balancing time between real life and virtual life.
Time for being with the family versus time for writing and engaging in the social media world.
I’ve been there. You’ve all read MY story.
Today, I have Kimberly from Mama Monologues sharing her story.
He comes to me, eyes full of wonder, his face painted in hope, and hands me his favorite book. It’s a book we have read no less than 36,721,945 times.
Out of the corner of my eye I catch a glimpse of the computer screen. It’s open to TweetDeck and my timeline is whizzing by, full of conversations and jokes between friends.
Part of me wants to hold him off for just another minute so I can jump in with one more tweet, one more joke, one more reply.
I look down at him, standing at my feet, gazing up at me with those big blue eyes.
My heart sinks.
Did I really just think that? Is this all about my Klout score? One more tweet, one more post, one more blog. For what?
I stood there in shock. I glanced around and could see that my life was being consumed by social media.
I would stress over the number of unread posts in my reader.
I would worry I was missing a conversation between my friends on Twitter.
When I should have been worrying about other things…
…Reading my kids another story.
…Building a Lego tower as high as the sky.
…Enjoying the fresh crisp Autumn air as the newly fallen leaves crinkled beneath our feet.
…Spinning in another round of Ring Around the Rosie.
In that moment I realized it. My kids needed me. My family needed me. And I needed them.
I closed my laptop and left my phone in the other room.
I sat on the floor with my kids and read story after story.
We went outside and enjoyed the fresh Autumn sunshine on our cheeks.
We swung on the swings and raced down the slide.
We had fun. We laughed. We smiled. We enjoyed each other.
I love the online community. I have met some of my best friends through my blog and Twitter.
I love the support, the interaction, the friendships, and the sisterhood.
But sometimes, I need to unplug. I need to be detached from the internet and completely focused on my family.
Because in the end, it’s all about them.