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.