Social media is sometimes overwhelming. As an author I am constantly bombarded with invitations to new sites, organizations, or circles of cyber friends. I finally fell into the black hole of Pinterest the other day and found much of my time over the weekend spent clicking on pictures of things I will never see, eat, or own. Sure it’s fun and entertaining, but not necessarily worthy of twelve hours of attention a day.
Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, Google, and a bazillion others have taken over our brains and time when what we really need to do is write––not click. But the truth is, in this world of technology and instant access, we need these sites, interactions, and cyber friendships to be able to promote ourselves, build our fan base, and sell more books. So, finding that perfect compromise between social promo and actual writing is a hard place to fall into.
Learning to use these sites and getting connected often takes so much time that I feel like my day is shot and I might as well get on my bike and ride off into the sunset.
I wish I were better at social media but usually feel as though I’m failing at putting myself out there, being that “brand” that will take the reading world by storm. In fact, most often I feel as though I’m shouting into the vast expanse of outer space. Sure there are a few million other people shouting too, but space is pretty darn gargantuan and all that shouting just amounts to a monotonous hum in the universe.
Obviously I’m falling short and need professional help.
So, look for me in the vast unreached places and let’s connect. At least then there will be two more voices yelling into the bottomless pit of social media and maybe we can stir up an echo.
Author Website: http://www.barbaraellenbrink.com