Go ahead – add yours up. Add up your social media hours if you dare and don’t be surprised at the amount of time you put in. If you calculated all the time I spend on social media in one given day please do not reveal the answer to me! I do not want to know!
This is coming from someone that had to be manipulated into getting a Facebook page. Yes, my children told me I could see pictures of my grandchildren without them having to specially send me a private email. They said it would be easier for them. I balked, I procrastinated, I put it off and then one day – !BAM! – I had a Facebook page, compliments of my sister. I think she was in cahoots with those kids. Thanks so much Debbie!
And then…I wrote a book – ‘Crossing The Line’. Now I have not only that first personal Facebook page but also an author Facebook page, an Amazon author page, a ‘Crossing The Line’ Facebook page, a twitter account, pinterest, and my blog. I even have an Etsy account that is in a sad state of neglect right now. I also upgraded my cell phone to a smart phone that is smarter than I am! I get my emails for four different accounts (long story), and have notifications coming through constantly night and day. There seems to be a constant buzz, beep, whirr or ring. I can’t leave home without it. Have I left anything out?
Just having a blog is enough to keep you busy hours at a time. You don’t just blog, you read – a lot! And when you read you find more to read as in books suggested by other bloggers or authors, articles, and more blogs.
I did not enter into this writing adventure lightly. The only reason I am a part of so much social media is because it seems to be one of the requirements of becoming an indie author. It gives your book exposure, helps to develop a platform for marketing and promoting, and gives your readers an insight of who you really are.
That being said, it also drains you of a life free of social media responsibilities. There is always that one last post lurking in the far corner of your mind. Add to that some comments to make or answer, a few more emails, a pin on pinterest, a tweet, or a new book to read and review.
Seems like I’m all over the place. It’s no wonder I can’t seem to finish the sequel to ‘Crossing The Line’ – ‘What Line’. Don’t take this the wrong way. I love all my social media. It’s exhilarating to get a comment, a like or any kind of response to your latest blog post. It’s dandy to have your Facebook post liked, commented on, and even shared. To be re-tweeted or favored is a feeling of accomplishment. The top of the line seems to be having a post you are so very proud of re-blogged.
So what’s the point? The point is if I didn’t engage in all this social media you wouldn’t know that I wrote a book and if I hadn’t written a book I probably wouldn’t be involved in social media as much (maaaabeey). It has a way of reeling you in. I would have so much time on my hands and maybe I’d write a book!
For example, this morning I’ve been to the store to buy washing powder and a new laundry basket, washed four loads of laundry, and sat watch on a bird that flew into my window. These are everyday chores that had to be done – maybe not the bird part. BTW, he survived…flew off into the wild blue yonder. Now here I am blogging. That is what I was striving for all morning hurrying through those chores and even putting off a few. I should be writing on ‘What Line’ and I intend to do just that…as soon as I answer a few emails, post some Facebook content, tweet, maybe update my Amazon author page, and check on that badly neglected Etsy site.
I probably use all this social media for procrastination as well as marketing and promoting. Doesn’t everybody? What do you think?