Twitter is an Old Cat Lady

Social Media Detox Project: Day Two

Twitter is like an old lady who leaves milk out on her porch.

The milk she leaves is Likes, Replies, and Re-Tweets.

Twitter users are like cats who come to the old lady’s porch every day looking for milk. Some meow or purr in exchange for milk, some just kind of hang around and watch other cats meow and purr. Many start to live at the old lady’s house and overindulge in milk.

And the old lady will leave out all sorts of stuff. Some days, there might be milk, others none at all. And some days, it may not even be milk; maybe it’s soda, junk food, rabid animals–the old lady has dementia, you see.

Those of us who choose to do a social media detox are like the cats hanging out in the neighbor’s yard, on the other side of the fence.

My experiment of only using Twitter through Buffer is like meowing every day from behind the fence. I don’t approach the porch. But I meow every day at the other cats who hang around the old lady’s house and drink her milk every day.

From behind the fence, I can’t tell if the cats on the other side are paying attention, or if the old lady leaves out any milk or not. It doesn’t matter. Because, behind the fence, in the neighbor’s yard with other cats, I have everything I need already. I just like to meow at the old lady’s porch.

So, what happens when the old lady sees that the milk has been untouched?

She will stop leaving out milk.

But, that doesn’t matter, because we cats in the neighbor’s yard don’t need her milk. We just want to bring her cats to the yard, because we have milkshakes and are happy to share.

And if the old lady’s cats hear us meowing every day, eventually, some of them might get curious and investigate the neighbor’s yard.

And they will see that we are happy behind the fence.

Hopefully, they will join the milkshake party.

And if only one new cat joins, I will count that as a success.

What I did today

  • Write novel 90 mins
  • Budget for July
  • Exercised 30 mins
  • Worked on pitches for my freelance writing gig

Something interesting I read today

Focus is a Privilege by Roxanna Asgarian.

This reminded me of the obligation that comes with such focus. If we have the time and resources to focus on something that matters to us, we should absolutely spend more time doing that, because not everyone has it so easy. Who knows? Maybe our focus could spawn a project that would help those with greater needs.

Something interesting I learned today

That everyone needs a good milkshake.

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