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GRRRRR. Needing Time Off-Line

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SOC winner 2017

The prompt for today’s Stream of Consciousness is “3-letter word.” We’re supposed to start our post with a three-letter word, and we get bonus points for ending with a three-letter word.

Did I just do that with the word, “The”? Or did, “Did” do the trick? Either way, thank you, Linda Hill, for giving us an easy peazy prompt! I have a habit of looking back over my SOCS posts and noticing I started so many paragraphs with the word, “I.” So this is good. Maybe I’ll try to start every paragraph with a three-letter word, though that could impede the flow of the stream of consciousness. We will see.

One reason I appreciate the easy prompt is that I’m really needing a break from the computer, or rather, computer technology as well as Facebook, but we’ll get to that later. GDPR is the Grrrrr factor at the moment. I don’t know by heart what it stands for, but the D is for Data. I could think up something GDPR stands for but I don’t like to take the Lord’s name in vain so I have to be careful.

GDPR is probably a very good thing on some level. It seems to be designed to protect privacy and let people know they can opt out of things. That’s why we have to accept cookies lately on WP blogs. I hope I at least did that right. I thought I had the GDPR steps done for my little, modest, cozy email list, steps that mailchimp explained. I was very proud of myself for working on it. But when I went to send an email to my list, there were no recipients in the GDPR segment! I want to give up. Throw in the towel. But I’ll probably get back to it eventually. If you’ve signed up for my list, thank you.  Hopefully you’ll get a newsletter one day, but it might be quarterly instead of monthly.

But that’s enough of that! Facebook is wearing me out, too. Sometimes I like Facebook. It’s become sort of a love/hate relationship. Being off Facebook by midnight has not always worked. I don’t even scroll anymore! Scrolling gets me in trouble. But I might miss something! Too bad. I lived most of my life without FB.

Now I’m getting ready to cut back on computer stuff for a while. Sundays might even be computer free. My plan is to continue with Good News Tuesday here on WP, cause it’s important to me, and also continue with SOCS, cause it’s fun. But I’m probably not going to do any more posts besides those two for a couple weeks, maybe even the month of July, which is probably two weeks. As far as FB goes, I’m going to check my messages, my kids pages (resisting the urge to comment on every post)  and maybe check one of two people who always make me feel good. Almost always. There’s good stuff on the internet.

But Twitter, Ugh.

Why am I all of a sudden getting FB friend requests (and Twitter followers) who are unknown single men with no mutual friends? I’m happily married! Leave me alone! Yeah, so you can see why I want to take a break and cut back on my computer time. There are plenty of household projects to do. Who knows, maybe I’ll take a trip! 🙂

See ya, Tuesday with some good news!

The End.

 

PS: The mini rant about FB is about my personal page and not my author page. Everyone is free to follow and like that one!

For more Streams of Consciousness starting with 3-letter words, visit Linda at:

https://lindaghill.com/2018/07/13/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-july-14-18/

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Christian, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again. I also paint angels.

22 thoughts on “GRRRRR. Needing Time Off-Line

  1. Take that time off and come back feeling refreshed. When technology makes you grind your teeth that’s just not good! Thanks for a fun SoCS post, JoAnna!

  2. I hear ya…sometimes all the social media stuff is a pain, and a break is a great solution! Relax, chill, enjoy the outdoors, and take a walk or two to notice the things that matter most! PS great post!! Take care, JoAnna!

  3. The only reason I keep Facebook and Twitter is to notify people that I have a new post. I rarely if ever go to Twitter; I think the only reason I keep it is to see what the people in my area are saying when there’s severe weather. Facebook, maybe once a week, more to see if there’s anything going on in the family, but Mary usually lets me know about that.

    • Thanks for this inspiration, John. Once a week on FB sounds heavenly. I feel like I have to check Facebook every day and have to learn to comment less. Twitter, I can take or leave. It’s good to have a partner who helps keep us informed. David tells me if there’s anything big in the mainstream media.

  4. It’s always good to have a technology break once in a while. I’ll be starting one a week from tomorrow as it’s vacation time. Maybe a little Instagram and Facebook, but no blogging.

  5. I have been collecting the weirdest requests in FB and followers on Twitter. lately.

  6. I relate to what you are saying about cutting back on online time. I have cut back on WP posting and reading because it takes up a huge amount of time and that included Facebook and Twitter. But as you may surmise I have been deep diving into my genealogy for several weeks and I think I am now starting to come up for air. 🙂

  7. Hi JoAnna, I just wanted to say “thank you” for your feedback on my Music Monday Blog Party questions and here are my conclusions: https://thebeewritesdownloads.wordpress.com/2018/07/15/music-monday-blog-party-is-evolving-the-second/

    But please feel free to stay away as long as you need 😚👍

    Hope you’ll have a relaxing time off the net!

  8. I had a privacy thing and I took it down and now I need to do a new one, and honestly, I’m still confused about it.
    Also, I’ve had a recent surge of guys on Instagram trying to follow and I think the same thing. Why now? And What for? Is it woman-huntin season?!?

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