I don’t know if this is an annual tradition or not but I did the same thing on January 1st, 2015 and that is that I unfollowed everyone on Twitter. Then I deleted my tweets. To be honest, if I could shed all of the people following me right now, I’d do that as well.
I stopped enjoying Twitter in 2015. Partly because of changes in work where I have to do it all of the time, also I just found that many people are jerks. What used to be fun, isn’t that much fun any longer.
I think the other option is that being sick for all of 2015, when I post or retweet something, I don’t have the energy to follow it up. I used to love getting emails from my columns in The StarPhoenix and I used to answer each one. There are weeks when don’t have the energy to even tweet out what I have written let alone engage in some sort of discussion and debate. Wendy and Mark will tell you there were countless days when I came home from work, took my shoes off and went upstairs to bed to try to recover for tomorrow. I would lay in bed and tweet something on my phone and then everyone wanted to have their say. I felt like blocking everyone this year many times. If there was a “universal block” button, I would have paid extra to hit it. Instead I started dropping my phone by the door once I got in the house.
It also allows me of piecing back my list of followers in a way that makes sense and discard those that seemed like a good idea at the time but I have no ideas why I am following them. The goal is to keep the list under 600 people but I’ll see what I can do.