Book Inspired Blog Post – It Started With A Tweet -Digital Detox

I love books , everyone who knows me knows that. So I really,really love chatting about them. I’m not a great reviewer though because if I REALLY love a book I get too giddy and want to dissect it thoroughly, the spoiler free review would evade me . I’m often inspired by books though so I thought I could include these kind of posts in the blog in 2018.

If you follow me on social media you’ll have seen me raving about the first book I’ve read this year. It Started with a Tweet by Anna Bell.

It was the perfect post Christmas wind down book. Truly loveable characters, a bit of romance and lots of talk of the beautiful Cumbrian countryside. Works for me.

Without giving too much away ,our girl Daisy mistakenly sends a dodgy tweet and promptly loses her job. Daisy is cajoled into a digital detox by her sister who takes her to a rundown cottage in a remote village in Cumbria with no phone signal , social media or WiFi and the book tells of how she copes.

It got me thinking about my own reliance on my phone , which is definitely quite strong. I’m someone who has to respond immediately to notifications. That ding from my phone will distract me from anything else I should be concentrating on.

Now I’m not going to put my phone down a well (book reference) , I’m not going to swear off social media . HOWEVER I do think a mini detox would do me good. So I’ve identified ways I can use a mini digital detox for the greater good.

1) No scrolling in bed

This is an awful habit of mine.

I decide to get an early night , go to bed and read for a little while then turn out the light…..and then just check Facebook….and a little peek at Twitter….then see an article or blog post I need to read and before I know it it’s midnight. The early night is lost and I’m too alert and sleep suffers.

I’m going to try to break this habit. The articles tweets and posts will still be there in the morning!

2) Phone away whilst reading or watching TV

Whether I’m reading,catching up with Netflix or watching a film I’ve come to realise I’m never fully immersed or present in what I am doing. Only takes a bleep off the phone to distract me.

This is not good for me. I’d like to think I’m a relatively intelligent woman with a good attention span so why can’t I just sit and watch a whole movie without distraction?

So that’s plan number 2. Phone away and on silent when watching TV or films or reading .

3) Write more letters and notes

In the book Daisy exchanges notes with Jack ,a man in the village as they have no other way to communicate. I absolutely love the thought of this! I am a letter writer , always have been. There’s just something about pretty paper , a special pen and handwriting that I adore.

So immersed in communicating with people via a like on FB or an Instagram double tap am I that I realise right now that I  haven’t written a letter in over a year.
So number 3 – I will write a letter a week.

Obviously these are tiny little touches ,not hard changes to make but I think it’ll be interesting to see how I do!

I will of course blog my findings , chat about it on FB , share on Twitter and Instagram as it happens …..ah come on I didn’t say I was going to totally change my ways did I ??

The #minidigitaldetox begins here…



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26 thoughts on “Book Inspired Blog Post – It Started With A Tweet -Digital Detox

  1. I’m a total bookworm and this sounds great, I am going to have a look for it! I also love your idea of putting a few rules in place with social media. I really need to do this and I think this way of doing it is manageable and will be easier for me to succeed at! #familyfun

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  2. Oh I could so do with a #minidigitaldetox myself! I miss reading books, I get so side tracked by my phone of laptop. Maybe this would be a good one to get me back into reading. #DreamTeam

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  3. I take my phone to bed as I live abroad and trust me, there are many emergencies. I tend to put youtube on and fall asleep watching something. My husband and kids think i spend too much time on SM but as I point out I spend 90% of my time on my own (kids have left home and husband travels) I treat a pinging phone with all the attention it deserves when I am in company, it gets ignored. A ringing phone however gets answered, regardless as the only people who phone me are my husband or a sales call and it could be a vital call from family. I do need to pay heed to no 2 on your list and as for no 3 i write letters to the homeland weekly #tweenteensbeyond

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  4. I love hearing about your reads (and your theatre trips) – I’m currently mid a whole stack of personal development books but am looking to my next novel so I’ll be keeping a close eye on your picks. I’m thinking of The Dry, a recommendation from a friend. Thanks for joining #tweensteensbeyond

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  5. I love the sound of this and it is one I’d like to share with my older teens. Obviously will have to buy the paper back version because it wouldn’t really be appropriate to read it on my phone!?? I can see a lot of books like this in the future as we wrestle with our relationship with technology. Thanks so much for sharing with us at #TweensTeensBeyond

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  6. I’ve been trying to keep away from my phone once I get in bed too. I love reading and have made it my mission to get back into it this year. I love the idea of a digital detox, I think we all need one sometimes! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

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  7. I’ve seen this book around and was thinking of getting it! Good luck with your mini digital detox. Sounds like a great idea. I get carried away replying to things when I should really be winding down for bed. I’m going to give this a try too. Thanks for joining us for the #DreamTeam xx

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  8. I have to leave my phone in the kitchen and on silent and I try to catch up in block sessions now rather than throughout the day. It’s so hard though when you hear that ding! I love Cumbria and this absolutely sounds like my kind of book. Thanks for linking to #DreamTeam x

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  9. This post is so apt for me at the moment as I had an enforced detox the other day as our internet was down so I couldn’t do anything and I honestly felt such relief. It made me realise I’ve become so addicted to my phone (exactly what I don’t want my children to be!) and like you, any beep or text flashing up and I am distracted from what i was doing. I’ve decided to try to live in the moment more and put it away when I’m reading etc and must stop scrolling at bedtime too. It definitely stressing me out more when I have it around! Must read this book too. An escape from it all and a total digital detox sounds bliss. #TweensTeensBeyond

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