Today is day four of my 47-day fast from the websites Facebook and Tumblr. Last year, I abstained from non-Christian music while observing an informal version of Lent (you can read my blog posts about it here and here), which was a great experience, but this year I decided to step it up a bit. Unfortunately, a Facebook and Tumblr fast was one of those decisions I made on a whim, mostly because I realized it was Ash Wednesday and I hadn’t planned to give up anything yet, but then I opened my big mouth and told the whole world that I’m doing it and now I know I have to stick to it. I hate when I do that.
It needed to be done, though. I came up with a list of ten reasons why fasting from these sites is important and necessary for me. I’ve written it out and it sits on my desk, in the event that I need the reminder (which I believe I often will). I also posted it here.
But it’s been going well so far. I learned how to temporarily block my computer from accessing those sites, I deleted the apps from my iPod Touch, and I wrote up a contract of sorts and emailed it to my best friend. If you couldn’t tell, I don’t trust myself to simply log out and not type the website into the address bar for 47 days without a problem. I’ve broken the Facebook fast once to write down all the birthdays and events that are occurring from now until Easter into my planner, then promptly signed out again while avoiding eye contact with my news feed or the little red flags that come up at the top of the screen.
I’d appreciate any accountability you, the reader, can offer me. I need all the positive peer pressure I can get. I’m excited to take this journey and finally free myself from an addiction I have denied for too long, while growing exponentially in the process.