How Much Time Do You Spend On Social Media?



Last night I spoke with a writer who does no social media at all. Every morning I start my day by doing two hours of social media work. I love writing this site, hate Facebook because there’s simply too much on it to cope with, and enjoy Twitter because I like reading the articles people link to me. I occasionally post on GoodReads, although I find their interface non-instinctive and annoying, and don’t use Instagram at all. I write on other blogs, and do interviews across a wide range of social media.

In short, I’m spending too much time on it all.

Some while back I decided to delete my Facebook pages and found it a lot harder than I’d realised. You have to wait two weeks, and in that time you realise that many of your other sites have been signed in via Facebook. This wouldn’t be a problem now as I could use Keychain to provide passwords globally, but there are a handful of friends who only contact me this way.

I’d like to post videos and do some other new media stuff, but what I need to do right now is reduce the time I spend online every day by cutting out some social media. The most obvious removal would be Facebook, but as writers pretty much run their own PR, would that ultimate cut off some readers? I spend a lot of my time trying to open connections between writers and readers.

It’s hard to know what to do for the best. It seems many people use Facebook much more than I do. But on Facebook the personal, private and public are entwined, and for someone like me it would be better to keep them separate. How do you manage your social media? I’d be particularly interested in hearing from other writers on this.

5 comments on “How Much Time Do You Spend On Social Media?”

  1. Chris Webb says:

    Have you considered using Tumblr instead of Facebook? It is a blogging site ostensibly like Blogspot, WordPress etc. but tends to be used in a different way by a different type of person. You can post text but most people use it for visual content, photographs, artworks etc. (although there’s no reason you shouldn’t repost stuff from this site) and the users tend to be what you might call creative types, the “mindless idiot” faction don’t seem to have discovered it yet and compared to social media sites it is quite cerebral. Even Arthur Bryant would like it!

    If you hunt down and follow a number of users you find interesting and relevant to your work I’m sure you will soon find it worthwhile. The main dashboard displays all new posts by people you follow in a timeline a bit like Twitter, and you never know what gems will pop up.

    If you do follow someone as often as not they will follow you back, not necessarily out of courtesy but because if you are interested in them they are likely to be interested in you. There is a Recommended Blogs panel on the dashboard and it is quite useful and reliable in that the blogs recommended often actually are ones I am interested in.

    Here’s something I found – somebody on Tumblr likes you already!

  2. mel says:

    I hate fb with a passion but it’s where certain things like old email lists have moved so I followed. Is there a way to deactivate further posting on the page but leave up a single post referring people here if this is your preferred spot for any social media? As for the friends – you’re going to have to try to retrain them to email or make your peace with missing some invitations.

    IMO instagram is for pretty pictures, fashion and shopping.

    I admit that I spend a lot of time on tumblr. For me and a lot of people I follow it’s a place where they blog about all kinds of media that they are fans of and vent a bit about real life without having it link to all the people that you’d be linked to on facebook. I think your posts about London would be liked. I’ve posted links to your blog a couple of times. Last I looked I didn’t think there were a ton of people posting about Bryant & May. The fannish angle could work in your favor.
    Tumblr skews a bit younger (but not as young as some people make it out to be) w/more female users.

  3. Davem says:

    I look at Twitter regularly, LinkedIn to help with my business, and read a number of blogs.

    Never use Facebook for any reason and happy I never created a profile. Judging by the people I know who use it, it seems to take over, with constant ‘look-at-me’ posts.

  4. Jason Arnopp says:

    Since the start of the year, I’ve experimented with only using social media on Saturday and Sunday. That includes reading, tweeting, posting or even looking at it! And if this fenced-off method feels like any kind of fit, I would highly recommend it, because it’s improved my work focus on no end.

  5. Helen Martin says:

    The comments on Facebook are correct but for some of us it’s all we use. Fortunately there are people who have rational conversations there and I am now connected to an interesting musician in New York, through whom I follow one small segment of the US population who appreciate their country’s beauty, remember the past of their neighbourhood, and are dumbfounded at the turn politics has taken. They are also incredible punsters and I would keep the connection for that if for nothing else.
    I think of this blog as social media even though it isn’t. My “social” is apparently very odd.

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