Healthy Balance In Social Media

dreamstimefree 2618972 800x532 300x199 Healthy Balance In Social MediaThe girls and I over at the voiceBoks online community, often joke around about how we need to turn ourselves in to the local blogging rehab center.  We can't seem to get enough of our Social Media fun.

Even though many of us are stay-at-home moms, we've managed to find some time and energy to fuel our passion for writing, through our day to day blog posts or entrepreneurial ventures.

However, doing what we love is not the only pleasure that comes from having a blog.  We also get an opportunity to socialize with one another and support each others individual online mission.

The bonus to that has been friendship.   I personally have "met" and developed rather close friendships with many of these amazing women, thanks to Social Media.

Social Media is important in helping bloggers, mompreneurs, and other businesses gain a solid online presence and reputation.

Websites such as Facebook, Twitter and a handful of other Social Media applications or platforms, prove to be valuable marketing tools.  While some people use them for casual chatter with friends and loved ones, countless others use them as an opportunity to sell their products or as a vessel with which to share their particular gift, be it Christian ministry, motherhood, writing, or coaching, to name just a few.

Anyone familiar with Social Media recognizes how time consuming it actually is though.  I've heard many fellow online friends and mentors admit to the fact that it's downright overwhelming at times.  It's so easy to let it become an obsession.  Our own worldly idol.

We find ourselves checking in with the online world through secret peeks at our Smart phones while waiting in line at the grocery store or when we should be spending valuable time with our family.  Goodness, even my husband and I race to be the first of the two of us to "check in" with Facebook or Foursquare when we are out in public together.  It's the ME factor.  Look at me...see what I'm doing...read my thoughts for the day...ME...ME...ME.     

I would be lying if I said blogging and Social Media don't distract me from my responsibilities as a wife and mother.

In fact, I often tell myself there needs to be a line drawn in the sand.  I need to find a balance.  Yes, it's important to socialize with my readers if I want to connect with them.  Yes, I need to socialize with other bloggers if I want their support in getting the message God wants me to get out there…out there.

God gifted me with this passion for writing, but He also abundantly blessed me with a beautiful family which He has called me to be an active participant in.   My personal mission in and through Christian SuperMom becomes pointless if I don't put my first calling - my family - first.

I'm excited because I think I've found some helpful insight on how to have a healthy balance in all of it.  First, let me say - I don't think it's selfish to have and pursue our own passions outside of family.  In fact, I think it's important, especially because our children are watching and learning from our example.

Do we really want to teach them that having a family means sacrificing ourselves to only that?  Or do we want them to grow up understanding that with a healthy balance they can pursue their dreams, be God's hands and feet in the world, and still effectively love their children, their spouse, and their friends?

The past few days I've been reading a new blogging series by Laura Booz over at Like A Warm Cup Of Coffee.  The topic is the very subject I'm trying to balance, and it's called Social Media, Behave.  I encourage you to click over and read through the first three days of inspiration.

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So far Laura has inspired me…

  • to determine what my expectations are for Social Media with regard to my blogging mission and write them down.  Sort of my own Social Media mission statement.
  • to write down an online vision statement describing who I am or who I want to be in my online presence.
  • to decide how much online time each day I will allow myself to devote to blogging (which includes Social Media) and set a stop-watch or timer to go off when my time is up.  This way I'm drawing a line in the sand that allows me to have the best of everything and everyone I love.

I can't wait to see how she inspires me in the coming days.

How do you maintain a healthy balance between your family, personal passions, and Social Media?

~Until next time, may God bless you with a healthy balance in your life!

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Rosann is wife to the man of her dreams and stay-at-home mom to two delightful little girls. Her heart's greatest passions are loving her family well, long-distance running, writing, and pretty much anything dark chocolate peanut butter. Rosann loves to encourage women whose husbands are in a season of unemployment, at her other website UnEmployedFaith.com. Her writing inspiration comes from a strong desire to glorify God while sharing the heart of her journey through a life of faith. She is also the Author of two books - UnEmployed Faith: Clothing Yourself in Strength and Perseverance Through his Season of Unemployment, and Refuel Your Inner SuperMom: A Practical Guide to Getting Your Groove Back.
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11 Comments

  1. Cookie's Mom

    I definitely think group therapy is in order... but then I'd probably just become addicted to THAT! ;)

    I allow myself a certain amount of time each day. What doesn't get done in that time, just doesn't get done. I used to feel obliged to respond to absolutely everything that came my way, and it was doing me harm. Balance comes when I look at each request for my time (whether from others or from myself) and ask, Will this refresh me or will it deplete me?

    • Rosann

      LOL! I hadn't thought about the potential to get addicted to group therapy! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your awesome comment!

      ~Blessings,
      Rosann

  2. Kathy

    What a great post! I can not really relate though because I don't use social media that much and I only blog at distinct intervals. I never blog at night or when I should be doing laundry or cleaning the bathroom. I have always been a very ordered person and I find that I can easily fit this in with everything else! ARE YOU LAUGHING YET!!! Please, my husband has the rehab all picked out!! Lol!! You are so right, we do need to strike a balance in everything. I will say though, that I am happier when I'm working on my site, but not obsessed with it. Not every email has to be answered that moment, the world will not end if I don't check my email for a few hours and I will be glad that I spent time laughing and playing with the kids! Thanks again for a great and timely post!! Love you!!

  3. Shannon Milholland

    Rosann, what a great resource. I'm so excited that you found this and shared it and can't wait to check it out!

    • Rosann

      Thanks Shannon! I hope you have a blessed weekend!

      ~Hugs,
      Rosann

  4. Abby

    SO true! It honestly helps to know that I'm not the only woman who "suffers" from the constant distractions of various social medias. It's almost frightening how distracting it can be. Thank you so much for sharing the information about Laura Booz series. I will be checking it out and hopefully learning much from it!

    • Rosann

      No Abby, you aren't alone my friend. I'm certain every blogging mama faces the time crunch of Social Media.

      ~Hugs,
      Rosann

  5. Tracy

    I think most of us at vB can relate to this! It is a juggling act, and definitely is a delicate balance. I agree that writing goals down on paper would save time and make us more efficient. It's too easy to get distracted online...that before we know it we've spent an hour with absolutely nothing to show for it!

    • Rosann

      Tracy, I can't tell you how many times I've looked at the clock and said to myself, "what the heck happened to the time?!" Social Media just steals our time and it's time we don't ever get back. There has to be a line in the sand. :-) Thanks for your comment.

      ~Blessings,
      Rosann

  6. Amber

    I know how it is. I really sometimes hate that my husband gave me a smart phone. I wish it would all go away sometimes!

    • Rosann

      Yes Amber! A friend of mine decided one day to walk away from Facebook and not look back. She told me she has so much more time to enjoy life and hasn't missed it at all. She's a strong, strong woman! Lol!

      ~Blessings,
      Rosann

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