I picked up a book this past weekend on astrology: “The Guide to Astrology”by Lori Read and found it to be quite amazing. As a Gemini, it has me described very accurately as a born communicator. Good for me that I am working in a field that is listed as being one of the best for a Gemini — a freelance writer. At least I’m doing something right. I do love to talk and communicate with people at every opportunity. And I do love being my own boss. So its’ a great fit.
by WizardOfWords on July 28, 2009
However, all this new social media has me wondering if it’s just TOO much? I joined Twitter a couple of weeks ago @wizardofwords and am finding it quite overwhelming, although admittedly … fun. Some of the individuals I am following seem to feel they need to “tweet” 10 and more times a day. Why is that??? Cant’ they just pick a few important or interesting things to say each day and leave it at that?
I joined Twitter and started this blog to build my author’s platform, as evidently that is critical to the success of any author these days. So I am committed to sticking with it. But the number of tweets coming in seems to be daunting — to even the fastest of readers, and I am not one of them.
What has me concerned with social media is the time it takes. When I started the blog back in February, my social media mentor told me she gets up an hour earlier daily to do her Twitter and blog entries. At first I scoffed at the thought of getting up earlier to do this, but I am doing it and find I have to — if I want to keep up with the game.
And the time I am spending on social media has taken away the available time and energy I have to speak on the phone to close friends and family who are not online. Isn’t that the kicker? We get onto all this social media to raise our profile and communicate with more people, only to leave the loved ones who are not “plugged in” behind? That doesn’t sit well with me, but it is the conundrum I find myself in.
How are you managing it all? Do you have time to keep up with the time demands of being effectively plugged in? Do you find that the “unplugged” are falling off your radar because of that? I would love to hear your thoughts — and learn how you are coping (or not.)