Social media. Those two words can strike fear into the hearts of many, and I’ll admit, I’m one of the many. I have a love/hate relationship with social media, mainly because I love feeling connected to everyone else, but I hate the amount of time it takes. Facebook, Twitter, Blogger and every other platform out there can be as addicting as anything else, so how are we supposed to manage our time?
As authors, we are constantly told to build our online platform, and I’m the first to say that networking and marketing are important. But how far should one go in the quest for online acknowledgment, especially before one even has an agent?
Social media was taking over my life and I had to do something to stop it. Something drastic. So, I cut the cord. Here’s what I had to do to get back to the basics:
Facebook–I deactivated my account. I’ve been one whole week (and a half) Facebook-free, and it’s refreshing. If/when I ever publish a book, I’m planning on reactivating my account for marketing purposes, but for now I don’t need it. My friends and family can all contact me through email, and with all the Facebook privacy changes (don’t even get me started) I figured it was best to step away.
Twitter–I’m cutting WAY back on Twitter. I will still tweet occasionally, but maybe once or twice every week. This was harder for me than Facebook, because I feel like I got more use out of Twitter. But Twitter was beginning to take up more and more time, and I want to use that time to actually WRITE.
LinkedIn–Okay, what is this even for? Seriously. I check it about once every two months, if that.
Blogger–I don’t know how all you people blog every day. That takes some serious dedication. I’m planning on blogging once a week at most but it will probably be more like once every two weeks. I’m also cutting back on some of the blogs I follow and will probably be commenting less. *I still love you, I promise.* (Plus, if you comment regularly on my blog, I’ll still follow yours, because I’m nice like that.) I am just too busy and want to spend my time doing other things. Surprisingly, I’m cutting back on following many agent blogs, because their information is starting to sound repetitive since I’ve been reading them for so long.
Agents talk about platform, and I agree that it is good to build up a web presence and a following. But if social media is taking away time from actually writing then that is not good. I already show up in the number one spot if you Google my name, and for now, that will just have to be good enough. Some people give themselves a time limit on Facebook and such, and I tried that, but I found myself breaking the rules. For me, I have to take it one step further.
Do any of you have the same time-suck problem I have with social media? If so, how do you deal with it? I seriously want to know because I might steal your ideas if they help 🙂