Karalee’s Post #17
Before our 5Writer’s challenge I was on Facebook and had a Twitter and LinkedIn account, but I rarely participated in either. Email was my main non-face-to-face source of interaction with my outside world, and I was finding even that interfering with my writing productivity.
So how has becoming exponentially more involved with social media affected me? Initially it seemed to consume most of my writing time as I climbed the learning curve to create my blog posts and to increase awareness of what we were doing through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
For me the initial flurry into the social media realm died down as I focused on seriously working on my project, and other than producing my weekly blog, I didn’t get involved much. Then, maybe because my husband is so patient in encouraging me to “keep in touch” and “build my followers,” I kept peeking at my Twitter feed.
And I’m finding that other people’s blogs are very interesting and informative and encouraging.
Now I am also hyper-aware of the time that reading everyone else’s blogs can take and I’ve been quite skeptical about how important it is to be “in touch with the world” and to be “followed,” so I find myself quite surprised at taking to Twitter. What I’m finding useful is:
- It is fairly quick to sort through. Now that I’m familiar with some people and I want to read more of what they have to say, it’s easy to scroll through the Twitter feed and recognize that person’s picture.
- The links are right there in the Twitter feed, making reading on the subject easy.
- Retweeting is one button to push and it doesn’t really hurt to push it. At first I was hesitant to send a tweet on, but then realized that many of the interesting blogs I was reading were from other people’s retweets.
- There are so many tweets flying by that if I miss something I no longer worry about it. More is coming.
- And, because of the above realization, I’m spending only a few minutes on Twitter here and there. This social media doesn’t have to consume me. It’s for sharing information and if I miss something, it will be back. Often the same day. Multiple times! And to me that’s the one down side, as it can seem like too much of a good thing. But it’s a problem I can live with.
That said, our challenge is in its last month. My scenes aren’t multiplying as fast as I’d like, but I am quite pleased with how my story is unfolding.