Adventures in Writing a Novel

Social Media Overload #writing #amwriting #romance #socialmedia #writerproblems #writerstips

Between websites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+, Instagram, TSU, LinkedIn, Reddit, Flickr, MeetUp, YouTube, Goodreads, Amazon pages, Klout, SnapChat, and the countless others I haven’t mentioned, authors using social media to promote our work can feel quite overwhelmed.

All the posting, tweeting, pinning, blogging, liking, following, profiling, twerking….oops, that just slipped out…of course, I wouldn’t be surprised if some social media, somewhere…..but, still, the time we spend attached to social media is shocking.

The daunting list of platforms seems never-ending and exhausting. I know I’m tired just writing the aforementioned list. I remember when it was just websites and blogs. Of course, then came along Myspace. Ha. Myspace. I haven’t thought of that site in a long time.

In the last several years, social media platforms have sprouted everywhere, and it’s almost downright intimidating. Not to mention, with day jobs, children at home, spouses to spend time with, and house chores to do, how can anyone have enough hours in the day to keep up with everything?

The simple answer is, you can’t. Or, maybe I should just say I can’t. I don’t know how much time everyone else has. If you are able to keep up with it all, I bow down to your awesomeness. Seriously.

How do people do it all? And, especially with Twitter? Don’t get me wrong, I’m really starting to like Twitter, but I still have had to limit myself on who I follow. Anymore than the 350, or so, I have now and it’s just a chaotic mess I get lost in. How is it people can follow thousands and thousands of people and not bat an eyelash? How do they keep up with everyone? Don’t tweets get lost in the sea of tweet after tweet? If I leave my Twitter account open in a file tab of my internet while I do something else, within just a few minutes, I’ve missed anywhere from 50 to 100 tweets. And, I only follow 345 people! I can’t imagine what it would be like to have a couple of thousand.

Mind. Blown.

I just can’t keep up with it all. Between two young children, homeschool, farm animals, laundry, cooking, cleaning, time with the hubs, and trying to keep the novels cranked out, social media promotion doesn’t always rank high on the priority list. Add anymore social media accounts and you may just see an author whose head popped off suddenly with no warning. 

To combat this problem (and keep my head attached), I’ve limited myself to the number of platforms I frequent—Facebook, Twitter, my blog and website, Goodreads (about once a week), Google+ and TSU (about once a month), and Instgram (on my phone whenever I remember I have the app).

And, that’s about it. I don’t pin in Pinterest. I don’t flick in Flickr or tumble in Tumblr. I don’t chat in SnapChat, meet in Meet-Up, and I don’t post videos in You Tube. I do have a LinkedIn account, but I think the last time I was even on the site, my 2 year old was still in the womb.

Is limiting myself, perhaps, biting me in the butt with book sales? Uh, I don’t know. Maybe. Do I care? Well of course I care, but in my 16 hour day, 365 days a year, day to day life with a husband, kids, farm animals, novels, chores, and homeschool, I just can’t add anymore food to my overflowing plate.

I guess if I was being judged on my social media performance, I’d probably get maybe a C-. Maybe. Okay, honestly, probably a D. But, I have to say, I work very hard for that D. And, while I’d love an A, I’m happy and comfortable with all the sites I do visit and frequently post on.

So, what’s an author really looking for the most out of social media to do?

Um, while I’d like to tell you I’ve got the perfect formula and have it all figured out, I don’t. I’m sorry. Please don’t hate me. I’ll give you cookies if you don’t. *wink wink*

I suppose my best advice would be to do what you are comfortable with and what you have the time for. If social media takes away from time with your family, taking care of your responsibilities, and importantly, writing more novels, then that is a big problem and you might want to consider toning it down a notch. But, that’s just me. In the end, only you know what you can handle and do. So, with that, go be free and social up that media!!

So darling followers, what, if any or if all, media accounts do you have on your priority list? And, what falls by the wayside?

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One thought on “Social Media Overload #writing #amwriting #romance #socialmedia #writerproblems #writerstips

  1. Hi Angela. At this point, I don’t have a book to promote, but I absolutely despise social media. Recently, I forced myself on both twitter & fb, but have already backed off of twitter. I find that the tweets I get there are mostly advertising or retweets. It bores me.

    There is a successful author (fantasy) in my writer’s group who sets aside time each day for about 4 or 5 different medias. She just posts a quick sentence or two to market her stuff then moves on to writing and whatever else.

    I went to a writer’s conference in October, and a panel of publishers talked about what they expect their authors to do on social media. They said authors should have an account at a few of the social media places, but they don’t expect their authors to spend all of their time there. They said that if you find that you enjoy and are good at one or two of them, then to spend most of your time there.

    With your homesteading, children and everything else, I’m tired just thinking about all you have to do.

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