I don't know about you but I'm starting to freak out a little about all the sites and cyber-crack I have to keep track of and update regularly ...
For my personal stuff:
Amazon US & UK author page
Email (Show & Tell in a Nutshell support)
Email (day job)
There are more that i'm not listing, because I've abandoned them!
Vine Leaves Literary Journal:
Mailchimp (thank dog that's Dawn's responsibility - yes, I said dog on purpose)
Homeric Writers' Retreat & Workshop:
And lots of other sites I need to advertise it on and I totally can't keep track ...
And you want me to sign up to Pinterest?!?!?
Have you ever suffered from a slight case of social media mania? Do we really need all this ... stuff?
I agree. It's gotten completely out of control!ReplyDelete
If you go for it all (and what's coming down the track), you'll spend every moment of your spare time in front of a computer. One has to be selective and discerning in the information age - or become frazzled.ReplyDelete
I agree that you can only do so much. I just read Chuck Sambuchino's CREATE YOUR WRITER PLATFORM (interviewing him and giving away a copy next Wednesday) and it really has gotten me thinking of the importance of platform and social networking. I'm not planning to go on Pinterest but I will join Twitter and am looking at using it and Facebook better. And making more blogger connections as some bloggers seem to be suffering from fatigue. I agree, Jessica, it takes a lot of time. Too much.ReplyDelete
Couldn't agree more! And I'm not on half those things you've listed. haha. But I know that if I wish to publish (and I do!) it will get worse for me too.ReplyDelete
My lord. I haven't even heard of most of these.ReplyDelete
I have a similar list. It’s very easy to get disheartened. I’m just gearing up for the new book and a part of me really cannot be bothered. It’ll get done because it has to get done but I want to know when this writing malarkey turned into work. It’s deciding where to invest your time that’s so hard. I read how others go about promoting themselves and the successes they’re experiencing and I wonder just what the hell will work for me. Joining Pinterest is certainly not going to be one of them. I take my hat off to you, that’s all I can say. Oh, to be young and not want to go back to bed an hour after you’ve supposedly woken up.ReplyDelete
I couldn't agree with you more. Although as per Pinterest...that cyber 'space' is where I go to escape, if only for a few minutes. I don't have to spend more than 5 to 10 minutes there to find inspiration or to take my mind off something that's hampering me from writing.ReplyDelete
omg, I did Pinterest about a year ago, and I'm just... I don't go there. LOL! It is like FIVE HOURS just disappear every time--LOL! :D But you're so right. Social media is over the top. I think pick one you like and stick with it.ReplyDelete
Funny stuff~ <3
LOL, right? I have blog, website, email, twitter, facebook, goodreads, and amazon as my main hangouts. There are others, but honestly, it's too much and not enough bang for my virtual buck.ReplyDelete
I get tired, too. But when I let something go, I generally regret it. This level of involvement comes with rewards, like having a name people recognize when you attend a writing conference or want to pimp your new favorite book. When I was gone for most of a year last year, I came back to discover my blog had become a ghost town and everything in social media had shifted so that I had to relearn some things. It's kind of crazy how fast things change. So yes it's hard to keep up, but I do think it's the new normal.ReplyDelete
This is why I don't do any of these things except blog and Facebook and email. Maybe I won't be very successful, but I'll remain sane and balanced.ReplyDelete
Yes. In some ways it's akin to a bunch of mafia protection rackets, with business models predicated on a fear of not using their services...anyway, I'd better be off to make some more cupcakes to post on Pinterest.ReplyDelete
Just say no!ReplyDelete
People give me grief for not being on Facebook, but it's all I can do to keep up right now.
At one point 4 years ago I was on 25 social sites. No wonder I was burnt out after 2 years of trying to keep up with everything.ReplyDelete
Yep, it can get downright ridiculous. If we aren't careful, it ends up where we aren't controlling all that stuff as much as it's controlling us.ReplyDelete
I'd hate to count up all of my sites. Far too many, half of them I probably don't even visit or update or I've just forgotten about them.ReplyDelete
I consider it just a different form or Marketing. Yes, there is a lot of overlap, but if there's a pocket of potential readers out there I might miss because I don't partake...then shame on me.ReplyDelete
Fantastic point. I know, I know: It will increase traffic to my site. But at a certain point, I have to do a cost/benefit analysis.ReplyDelete
I need time to write.
Hi Jess - I couldn't do it .. I blog and that's about it - I must venture into FB more often, and I have a Twitter account .. but don't use it!! How you all cope I have no idea ... absolutely none ..ReplyDelete
Good luck with which ever way you go - change them, reduce them, add to them ... people (not bloggers!) can't have anything else to do ...
Cheers sounds like you need a drink! ... look after yourself - Hilary