Social Overload

I blog, therefore I am engaged in the social media landscape.

(Doesn’t that sound like a grandiose statement – all pompous and everything.)

A definite method of madness exists in my social media engagement.  I choose to share only certain parts of my life via WordPressBloggerTwitterFacebook and/or Google+.  Nobody wants to know when I pick my nose (seriously, the things people share). However, I believe that I have a viewpoint to share on my journey to publication.

The world has changed significantly in the last 3-5 years.  Social Media has become a necessary part of any marketing/PR/publication campaign for established and up-and-coming authors.

It is so easy to get overwhelmed by the tumult of information.  I try to centralize my media out put.  I have my blogs automatically feeding to Facebook and Twitter.  Google+ is a valuable tool from a writing perspective and social perspective (LOVE Google+ Hangout).  I use TweetDeck to kill multiple birds with one stone.

I’ll be honest, Twitter reminds me of a swarm of locust.  So many inputs from individuals, creating a dense form that is difficult to penetrate.  I follow as I can, but  I end up overwhelmed.

Maintaining a social media presence is hard work.  It can actually take away from the writing process.  There is a very careful balance to maintain.

In the end, I believe the time and effort spent with social media is worth it.  I just have to toe that line between productivity and lost time.

What are your experiences with Social Media?  How do you make it work in your world?

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8 comments

  • Social media today’s best way to spread your message to world, I started using social networks since 2009. As far as I came to know about social media, its all about keeping in touch with the people of your mentality.

    I found your blog quite interesting, would love to follow your writings.

    • Social Media definitely has its positive aspects. Thanks for visiting and I look forward to hearing more from you.

  • Twitter is very overwhelming. I tried to keep up, but I gave up pretty quickly. I check in on Facebook periodically, but again there always so much going on. WordPress and e-mail makes up most of my networking – they keep me pretty busy but not overwhelmed (most of the time). 🙂

    Sometimes its like all the tools we use to promote our writing are the very things that keep us from writing!

    • Amen, my sister! 🙂

  • I feel like I could have written a post very like this one today! Did your Versatile Blogger Award cause a spike in hits on your blog? I’ve noticed that on mine the last two days!

    I resisted doing a blog for more than a year after reading agent interviews saying “you have to have one.” But obviously I’ve bitten the bullet, too. Facebook is still just a personal page for my family and “I’ve met you in person” friends. But I know the time will come when I need to change that. And I haven’t started tweeting yet. I want to get this “blog thing” down first!

    And, yes, it takes me away from writing and editing my books, too! Finding that balance is hard – in social networking as well as in plotting, editing, researching, writing, having a family life, etc., etc. Is my Libra side showing yet? 😉

    Love the post!

    • If it makes you feel any better, I’m a conflicted Scorpio with Libra tendencies. I definitely appreciate it to know I’m not the only one who feels over loaded at times. Keep up the good fight, it’ll pay off in the end.

  • Social Media? What’s that?

    I’m starting to get a handle on blogging. Will eventually try twitter. But, being technologically social on so many fronts seems exhausting. So I bury my head,
    Robin

    • I’m thinking about converting to be an ostrich. 🙂

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