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Social Media – The Time-Consuming Effort Of It All! Is It Worth It?

Social Media – The Time-Consuming Effort Of It All! Is It Worth It?

Last week while tidying up my cluttered desk I found this list tucked discreetly between one of too many pieces of junk mail and my electric bill.  There was no title, no justification, no why,  – just these seven phrases:

  • Self promotion is not the only reason
  • Its my desire to create
  • My desire to be acknowledged for something good
  • Sewing acknowledges it
  • So does writing
  • Because I can
  • To give back to the world

What do these seven phrases mean? You got me there!  I think it had something to do with why I write. If there was a title I could decipher this jumble of words a little easier.

With further investigation it could have a little to do with social media also. We have to create and write in social media in order to promote. We have to give to the world a bit of ourselves and its great when you know you have been acknowledged.

You know what social media is don’t you? It’s that bit of writing that consumes much of my time –  my precious time, your time. That’s time that could be spent being more productive in other areas. I feel I waste a lot of time on social media. It’s a very time-consuming process to keep one step ahead of in the game of promoting and marketing. Does anyone else feel this way?

I could be writing. But wait…my blog IS writing. 🙂 I write on every other social platform I’m involved in.

I could be reading. Another wait…I also read when I blog because I have to keep up with my blogging buddies. I read on all the other social platforms as well!

These are just excuses aren’t they? Something like a cop-out? I’m not writing on ‘What Line’ as much as I should be because I can see this social media is consuming much of me. I have the blogging and Facebook down to a science now – or almost. There is still a lot of time involved though.  LinkedIn is slow going. Twitter still mystifies me. Pinterest is a good source of promoting, but I get lost in other interests when I open the website up. It’s better if I just pin to my page as soon as my blog publishes then forget about it! Google and Goodreads fall into the same category as LinkedIn – at a turtles pace! I guess I could add a plug here since this is one of my social media platforms. Check me out on those links above and connect! It makes my job so much more pleasurable and  easier when you do. 🙂

I researched social media and found this article. Do you know how may social media platforms are out there floating around on the internet? Read that article highlighted above for the top fifty-two platforms! There is no telling how many are not listed.

There's a lot of socializing going on!

There’s a lot of socializing going on!

I am subscribed to seven of the top fifty-two and no others. Some I haven’t even heard of. Will I subscribe to others? Maaaaaybe – and that’s a long maybe. Where would I find the time? I wouldn’t.  I’m drained dry of extra time and something has to be done about it.

Will I stop all this social media marketing and promoting? I doubt it. If I stopped all the social media then ‘Crossing The Line’ would not be promoted. All marketing and sales would come to a halt! Being an indie author it’s up to me to put my stuff out there. There’s no other way. It’s what I rely on.

I’ll have to learn the process of each platform a little better so that it doesn’t take up as much of my time. That’s doable. I have a plan in mind. I’ll google each one that gives me problems – the ones that I’m not quite sure of what to do with. I’ll make a list. A list like the one above, but with a title and an explanation. Then….when I come across it I’ll at least know what it’s for and what to do with it! 🙂 The internet is a great source of information and if you ask – it will tell.  Maybe you have a better plan to save time and be efficient at this social media promoting and marketing than I do and if you do please tell it to my ears! I’d love to hear about it.

Here’s my list with #1 being the one I know least about and #7 being the one I know more about:

Social Media Platforms To Research

  1. Google – Everything
  2. LinkedIn – Dig around, find out what makes it tick, and how to get involved.
  3. Goodreads – Same as above.
  4. Twitter – Learn what to do and not to do. Hashtags. What is protocol?
  5. Pinterest – Learn more about the promoting end instead of the interest in other articles.
  6. Facebook – There is always more to learn on here everyday. How to use this platform effectively.
  7. WordPress – Same as above.

Social media cannot be thrown out, discarded, or  forgotten. It’s what keeps the circle going. There is a better way and I intend to find out what that way is! Any suggestions?

Elle

Realistically Speaking – A List Is Just A List And How Many Goals Do We Really Need Anyway?

Realistically Speaking – A List Is Just A List And How Many Goals Do We Really Need Anyway?

There’s something to be said about your new years resolutions list – or is there?

Everyone makes these lists but do we all keep them? Do you actually read over them every day and check them off as done?

I’m guilty of forgetting they are even there until the next new year rolls around and I think to myself – oh yeah – I was going to do that last year!

So this year…maaaaybe I won’t make any?

I could list a few of these most common New Years resolutions even though a few don’t apply to me.

  1. Loose weight
  2. Improve financial budgeting
  3. Exercise more
  4. Get a new/better job
  5. Eat healthfully
  6. Manage stress more effectively
  7. Quit smoking
  8. Improve a relationship
  9. Stop procrastinating
  10. Set aside time for yourself

OR…I could list these realistic resolutions that are my own. There’s no one to compete with except myself. If I don’t manage to complete one…or two…or three, it will always remain in my list for the next year and who will be the wiser?

  1. Write more so I can finish ‘What Line’ –  My published goal is March. Now remember, I didn’t say March 1st. There are thirty-one days in March and I intend to make use of every last one of them. 🙂
  2. Make my workroom – aka ‘The Philadelphia Room’ – a room I can honestly call my own instead of a storage room – Where all that “stuff” will wind up, I honestly can’t say, but I have visions! That new ceiling fan (yes, I know we’ve had it sitting in the box for a few months) with light will be installed and I’ll be able to actually see. 🙂
  3. Paint all my inside doors and woodwork – My son-in-law, Davey, installed them over a year ago. It’s about time don’t you think?
  4. Finish my kitchen – The over-the-stove microwave is going up as I type! Yay! Then all I have left to do is the tiled back splash. And a new paint color because we have changed our minds again! Oops…H just asked me to make cookies. The oven will be hot so he can’t move it out of the way to install the microwave, so maybe later tonight or tomorrow.  By the time he goes back to work on the 6th for sure though! One more thing in that kitchen is the want – not the need – of a new fridge. I can just picture a sleek, trim, shiny, stainless refrigerator. That vision will be all I see for a while though because we can’t justify spending money on something that works just fine even though it is an ugly white dinosaur! It can’t last forever, can it? One day it WILL be on the curb!
  5. Build my desk in the without-a-door-unused-hall-closet – I do this every day in my mind or in my sleep! One day I hope to wake up and the shelving and desktop complete with pictures hung, shelves filled, and files filed will be completed. If it could only be that easy!  😦

I think this is a realistic goal. There is even a little wiggle room in there to do some little things such as hang pictures, straighten out my files, remove some clutter, and maybe tackle that yard! With no cell phone at the moment I have a lot of time on my hands. Lol!

Gosh!  According to this, I’m going to have a busy year! What are your goals for the new year? Are they as realistic as mine – or not?

Elle

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