Monday, August 15, 2011
No Wonder We Have No Time!
Blogging, tweeting, branching out, linking in, Facebook! I can see the wisdom of using social media, but do we have to use ALL of it? Yes, I know this sounds like a rant, but bear with me.
I've noticed each one appears, and everyone says it's a must to participate. Who wants to be left out if the crowd is all on Twitter? Has blogging peaked, so everyone goes to the next hot trend?
I'm a blogger, Facebooker, and tweeter (a little) in that order. Should I also join BranchOut, LinkIn, and the other smaller social media outlets?
How do you decide which social media to adopt? Which one is your personal favorite?
Posted by Susan J. Reinhardt at 12:01 AM
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Susan, I am with you, I can;t figure out how much of my time I want to invest, so I dabble on Twitter and maintain a blog and also post on Facebook, but all are time consuming. My best to you.
They are all time consuming, so I think it's a matter of what works for each person. I've joined BranchOut but haven't done anything with it. LinkedIn is another one I belong to, but I do a little more with that one.
Hi Linda -
Just blogging eats huge gobs of time. Of all the social media, it's my favorite, but I'm having difficulty keeping up.
I guess we all have to set priorities.
Hi Karen -
At the conference, someone said Twitter was on its way out. They thought LinkedIn was better. Everyone has an opinion.
Perhaps we need to select a couple of outlets and focus on them. Joining too many dilutes our efforts.
Personally I enjoy Twitter, because NO ONE can write lengthy posts and I don't have to either :)
I use Facebook because it keeps me connected with friends all over the world and it is a great and easy way of sharing photo's.
I love blogging, well, because that's kind of our pulpit, we can still preach, even if no one is listening :)
I use Goodreads because I love books.
I have accounts on Linkedin and some others, so people can find me, but I am not active there.
I think you're absolutely right, you have to choose carefully!
I don't know if I have a personal fave because I have some friends on Twitter, some on Facebook, and some via my blog - and their paths don't cross. So all three are vital to me. However, a few one liners and I'm off to work or home, so it's not as though I have hours a day to plug into social media!
I prefer blogging above all, but do use facebook and twitter a little bit. But I agree, it's not possible to do it all.
Good to stop by here again, Susan! I prayed for you the other day.
Hi Marja -
Wow! You made some great points. Twitter does limit comments. I like posting short blurbs on Facebook.
Hi Jaime -
You've also made some excellent points. By using a variety of social media, you reach different people.
Hi Melanie -
Aw, thanks! I'll be doing a conference report next Monday. I'm hoping to have pics (this coming from the woman who keeps film in her camera for two years).
Oh boy, it is overwhelming, isn't it? I was skeptical about Twitter until I joined earlier this year. It's such a great way to connect with people without consuming my entire day. But blogging and Facebook are great, too, because they allow for deeper connections. So, I guess it all serves a purpose. :)
Hi Sarah -
I'm on Twitter, but haven't done much with it. The comments are short, but must be frequent to have an impact.
Blogging and Facebook take more time, but I prefer them.
Hi Susan .. interesting reading .. I only really blog - but if I had a book out or a product to sell .. I'd be on Twitter more and maintain a FB account ..
I don't have a large family to share things with .. so FB is not a necessity in my life.
Google+ .. now that's another one .. but each to his own .. and then only doing what time allows.
I love blogging. I usually don't have time for Facebook, but try to get pictures on it every so often for the family. It's a very cozy group, I hope.
Publishers like their writers to be plugged in to social media and build a platform of potential book buyers . I'm most active on Facebook. I'm also on Twitter, and I blog. Linked In is important to me for business-related connections. Whichever media you choose, they say it's important to engage with your followers. Time-consuming, I know, but helpful for marketing.
Hi Hilary -
That alone takes a big slice of time. I can imagine how long it takes you to research your detailed pieces.
Hi nancy -
Blogging is also my favorite of the social media. :)
Hi Jean -
I think choosing social media you enjoy and actually use is important. What's the point of joining something if you don't participate?
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