As a practicing Catholic, I observe the season of Lent. Lent is a 40-day period, beginning Ash Wednesday (Feb 26) and ending on Holy Thursday (April 9), during which Christians engage in a special level of prayer, repentance, and charitable works aimed at identifying ourselves with the sacrifices of Jesus Christ, particularly his 40-day period in the desert, and to prepare ourselves for the joy of Easter.

A common practice during Lent is the giving up of certain practices or luxuries. For the last several years, I have given up social media for Lent, and I will be doing so again in 2020. I am doing this to engage more deeply with my family and community, to get away from the noise that so often dominates on these platforms, and to reinvest the time in prayer and study.

This means:

  • I will be logged out of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Reddit for the entire 40-day period.
  • I will not be posting to any of these services except scheduled posts and auto-posts generated by my blog or set up through a third-party service (Buffer). I.e. you will still see content from me but I am not "around".
  • I will not be responding to @-replies on any of these services. On Twitter, direct messages go to my email inbox and so I will see these; but ordinary @-replies are logged to a spreadsheet for the sole purpose of tracking my analytics, and I don't see the messages themselves.

You are still welcome to contact me if you are interested in having me give a talk or workshop, if you need something or have a question, or just want to say hi. You can do that by:

  • Sending an email, to talbertr@gvsu.edu.
  • On Twitter, send a direct message if I follow you.

If you're interested in exploring a Lenten experience of your own this year, I highly recommend Lent with Pope Benedict XVI which gives short daily meditations taken from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's many amazing homilies and writings.