A quick note here: I have a blog post up at the Rabid Rainbow Ferret Society! We were tagged for the Writing Process Blog Hop, so it’s my installment this week.
It’s been a weekend. Quite the weekend. With both its ups and downs. The main ‘up’ was my birthday. My brother played photographer all evening, though. I’ll be getting pictures from him on Wednesday, so hopefully I’ll have a post up with some of those this next weekend!
The main ‘down’ was… the air conditioning. Which went on the fritz two hours before my party. It was rather warm in the house that night.
It’s still being moody, but is working most of the time right now. I’ll get a mechanic out here soon… but I just… I really need things to STOP BREAKING. I have too many things to take care of right now. The car. Building a new chicken coop. The air conditioning… sigh
Somehow, it will all get taken care of.
There is a little something in the works, though. I’m just not quite at liberty to talk about it yet. But it’s something I thought was off the burner permanently, so I’m pretty excited!
I didn’t sign up for June. I was torn on it for a couple of weeks. I have plenty of things I am trying to mark off of various lists, but I just… couldn’t find it in me.
Part of it is discouragement. See the recap of the weekend above. It seems like every time, lately, that I publicize any of my goals, things sweep in to make them nearly impossible to complete.
I’ve gotten to the point I can no longer take things a month at a time. Sometimes not even a week at a time.
I need to take things one day at a time right now.
I love my #writemotivation peeps, but I don’t need #writemotivation to stay in touch with them. With many of them, we’ve truly become friends, not just people doing the same thing, and I’m so very glad of that. It made this decision a little easier.
Taking a Step Back…
I have… a lot on my plate. I love blogging, but I feel like the platform-building side of blogging frustrates me and ties me down so much that I’ve come to avoid it.
Certain well-known people in the writing blogosphere say that you need to blog every day, especially when you’re first starting out. That you need to have a presence on every major social media site.
One specific person (who I’ve learned a lot from, but makes me feel constantly overwhelmed, so I’m not going to name names here, but some of you can probably figure out who this is) specifically says social media is fantastic for introverts because they don’t have the face-to-face interaction and therefore it doesn’t take as much energy to keep up with it.
That may be true for some introverts.
Between blogging, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and God-only-knows-what-else, what’s a little introvert to do?
I’m currently only trying to stay afloat with the blog, Facebook, and Twitter – and occasionally Google+ – but I’m so overwhelmed with it all.
I’ll also give you a hint here – I’m an INTJ. We value meaningful interactions more than we value the quantity of interactions. I would rather sit down with my friends and family less often and have more things to catch up on than discuss what we had for breakfast every single day.
Can you see why Twitter makes me… well… twitch?
I’ve tried things like HootSuite and TweetDeck. They either won’t interface everything (like Google+), or just make things more complicated overall.
And… well… you have to be on Twitter a LOT to remain visible. And I just don’t have that much time.
So, I’m obviously considering eliminating some (most?) of my social media presence. Some might say this is “writer suicide” but… when you’re not getting your actual writing done because those things take up too much of your time, does it matter?
And, as I stated above, they take up too much of my energy. I know all too well that social media interaction is interaction with other people. And that automatically makes it a high-emotional-energy drain, because people.
I like blogging a lot. I just don’t like trivial attention-grabbing a lot. And very little of my traffic comes from social media. So it’s hard to see it being worth the effort.
But before I make any permanent decisions, would you answer a little poll for me?
I may have a post devoted entirely to Facebook itself later in the week. In the meantime, I’ve been working on THIS post since 9 am this morning and somehow it’s already 3:30 pm. So I’m going to go do something else now.