Two days ago, I reblogged a post from WordPress Discover about people who shares their goals to do digital diet in 2017. I found it very insightful and decide to write my own digital diet resolution afterward.
I have three menus on my digital diet in 2017. For breakfast, I have read more books so I don’t need to surf aimlessly on the internet when I get bored. For lunch, I have produce better content so my works will reach ultimate goals and for dinner, I have lean social media activities so I have time to be physically there with people I care the most.
Read More Books
I’m an aspired writer. And I believe, if I really really really want to be a prolific writer, I have to be a voracious reader. In 2016, I have read 45 books, mostly crime fiction novels. In 2017, I wish I could be a smart reader: broaden my perspective and not only read to entertain but also to educate myself. I’ll try different genres and read a piece from other authors I’ve never read before.
So far, I have finished five books in January. My usual Agatha Christie’s whodunnit mystery Appointment with Death, a nostalgic graphic novel Diary of A Wimpy Kid #6 Cabin Fever and three books from authors I’ve never read before: The Rest of Us Just Live Here, Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe, and Lelaki Harimau. They give me different sentiments. I just started this menu and I feel good about it.
Produce Better Content
When I read, I learn to write, simultaneously. Last year I started to write articles on Hipwee, an Indonesian platform which very much alike with Buzfeed. I have published 3 articles, not quite an accomplishment but at least I start to share my writings with the world. A couple of days later I decided to make my own personal blog. And here we are.
My goal in 2017 is not to write more, but rather to produce the better content. I want to make my readers enjoy my (hopefully) insightful writings and feel comfortable so they’ll come back again later.
Besides crafted good content posts on my blog, I also have a goal to submit my short story in a competition. I’ll tell you, it’s harder to create a fiction than an article. Not an easy task. But what else can I do? I should do it to improve my writing skills. Step by step. Consistency to learn ravenously. From small to something matters.
One of my mentors is a platform called Medium. It has lots of good articles. I followed some publication like The Writing Cooperative, Electric Literature, and The Mission to know updated info in literacy world, the how-to’s and boost my mood when I feel like I can’t do anything great.
Lean Social Media Activities
You certainly have your favorite social media. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Path, Snapchat, you name it. Mine is Twitter. I tweet every day, 3-7 tweets. It’s fun to tell your thoughts in 144 characters. But, well, I think I’m addicted to it. I check my timeline almost every hour. I know it’s not cool and I need to change. Since today, I’ll make my own Twitter rule. I set times. Five times in a day. I wish I can be strict with myself. Wish me luck!
Besides Twitter, I don’t use other social media very often. I open my Facebook account only in the morning to search good articles that people share. I open my Pinterest account when I want to search some ideas. I don’t (and will never) have Path and Snapchat account. If Goodreads is counted as social media, then I only open it after I finished a book to give a rate and review. And I am a millennial who is not into Instagram.
I can’t snap any impressive photo because I don’t have a good phone camera and I’m too lazy to edit the image. I only have Pixlr on my phone and I seldom use it. I just there when I get bored. Spam likes. Comment on something that really catches my eyes. Scrolling aimlessly.
But hey, why don’t you just deactivate your account then? Maybe one day there are quizzes I’d really want to participate (since quizzes are usually on FB, Twitter, and IG). Or maybe I’d open my business. Instagram, as you know, is a great platform to market the business. So I’ll hang in there. As for now, it’s fair to log out from its world and visit it once a week.
There are three menus on my digital diet in 2017. It’ll be a year full of development and I look forward to making 2017 a great digital year! What is your digital diet in 2017?
Someone who loves to tweet and talk something sweet.