Social Media is the Bane of My Existence

I'm a writer. I'd like to just write. However, I write for an audience that is mostly online. Most of my writing is for blogs. And that means SOCIAL MEDIA. It means that I spend time each day submitting articles to various sites, and tweeting what's been published. (And, of course, having my Twitter feed post to Facebook automatically. Sorry, my Facebook friends.) I also spend time voting for other people's stuff. I do it because it's necessary. Every one expects a professional blogger to submit stuff to social media. So I do. I don't even really mind voting for other people's stuff. But it starts to be somewhat depressing when I think of what a time suck it is.

The only way to make it bearable is to relegate social media to specific times of the day. I'm actually moving toward only looking at my email at specific times of the day. By trying to compartmentalize it, I'm trying to keep it under control. Because, as many of you know, once you start Stumbling, Digging, Tipping, Facebook Liking and Tweeting, it can turn into hours as you are distracted by different stories, or as you try really hard to make sure you're getting the submissions made by your friends.

Do I know that social media is important to the whole blogging thing? Will I keep with it? Yes. But I really wish it were different.

2 thoughts on “Social Media is the Bane of My Existence”

  1. You’re definitely a professional writer! I’m sure you’ve thought of starting your own blog/site/project that could be a base from which you could launch larger projects? Because you would definitely “kill it” as they say:) I only thought of that because that way all your social media efforts would be redirected back at you and the success of your own master project. – So that, over time, maybe it would logarthimically become more efficient and the time/reward ratio would improve.

    Either way, everyone online who knows your name appreciates all the work you do!

    I would love to be as disciplined and professional about online work as you are, because you’re right, it has a way of taking up the whole day if you let it.

  2. Thanks 🙂 Actually, I’m not too interested in starting up my own site. I know that’d be even MORE work and less writing. And I’d have to worry more about design and moderating, and SEO…

    But thank you for your kind words. I just felt like I needed to vent, since it’s been something I’ve been thinking about for a long time.

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