T is for Technology and Writing
Technology has done wonders for the world.
Thanks to technology we have computers we use to write our stories, as well as the Internet, a great device that can further businesses and academia. The Internet gave us email, websites, blogs and social networking, which has its own ballpark: Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Goodreads, Google + and the list goes on.
These Internet advancements have given us new ways to promote and market our books, which is invaluable. At the same time, they are causing us even more stress. Every time we join one of these sites, we get sucked in—it’s almost impossible to escape the addiction—and they eventually become a burden. Especially if we are using them to make connections, build platforms, and promote our work.
I know several bloggers who are going to stop posting blogs because they are questioning whether blogging is worth it. At the same time, authors are debating whether or not to continue with certain social media formats because they feel their efforts are being wasted.
That’s why I don’t jump onto new forms of social media instantly. That’s also why I’m not on every site either. You might have noticed I don’t have a Twitter account. The reason for that is because I simply don’t have the time and I’m afraid of getting sucked into it. Right now, I am satisfied with Facebook, Goodreads, Google +, and my blog.
So instead of joining every site available to promote yourself and your work, ask around and do research to find out which one(s) best suit you.
TIP #1: Keep the number of sites you join to a minimum to avoid burnout.
TIP #2: Limit the amount of time you spend on each site, and designate certain times during the day when you can sign into them, such as before work or after dinner.
TIP#3: Don’t connect to social media with your cell phone! This will only mean you’ll be checking them every time you get a notification.
QUESTIONS: Do you think technology is a blessing or a curse? Are you suffering from social media burnout? Which sites do you feel are most and least effective?
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