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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Social Medias

A long time ago I was a member of MySpace. I closed my account months ago and frankly I don’t miss it one bit. I don’t believe it picked up any new readers because of my sight…but I could be wrong.
I have so many things that are a time suck to me that take time away from writing and editing I have to ask – are the medias like FaceBook, MySpace and Twitter worth the time?
I attended a few workshops over the last year that claimed that twitter was a must have for writers. I came home excited and ready to sign up. I didn’t. why? Because to me it seems like a waste of precious time.
I have friends and family who spend all day long on Face Book. They all beg me to get an account. I’ve fought it for over a year now. At first it was because I was being stubborn because they wouldn’t stop harassing me, now it’s just one of those things I’m not feeling.
Give me your take. Do you find any of these social medias a benefit to your career as a writer or are they just what I perceive them to be – a time suck?

6 comments:

  1. Like you, Amber, I find social media very time consuming. Does it work? I have no idea. If anyone knows for certain, please tell me - please!

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  2. LOL I guess I'm not alone in wondering!

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  3. I closed my Facebook account for security reasons. My family and friends were posting personal info -like phone numbers and family photos on my author page and it had to stop.... Twitter? I'd rather die than waste my life this way. Aside from websites and blogs, social media might be a big asset to some careers but I suspect its not much help to authors.
    XXOO Kat

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  4. I don't feel so bad for not wanting to play on those sites anymore. :)

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  5. Honestly Amber, I have mixed feelings - a love/hate relationship. I tweet purely for promo reasons. I have little to no interest in carrying on conversations on Twitter. Facebook? I check once in a while. I feel like an idiot because so many people post and check constantly - if I did that, I'd have zero time for anything else.
    I do believe in visiting my friends and commenting on their sites - I also like to check out new sites that can teach me something.
    As you know, blogging takes up enough time as it is. I do have a personal life!

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  6. I don't think that you are loosing out on anything by not being involved with any of these. They are time consuming and I don't think they impact readers at all.

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