Saturday, August 10, 2019

Getting Off the Social Media Merry-Go-Round

Keeping up with social media and online forums can be time-consuming. Between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and a variety of others, hours upon hours of one's life is whittled away.

While they have a lot of positive attributes, especially for a writer, social media sites can also have some negatives. It seems that there is always someone spamming you, setting up spoofed accounts, or even trying to post inappropriate stuff to your timeline. So, it's time to go.

Those are just a few of the reasons I decided to opt-out of social media, but the biggest issue is time. So, as of August 12, 2019, I won't be opting back in. I am taking back several hours of my life each week to focus on research and new writing projects that I wish to pursue, and to try to finish some DIY projects that, frankly, I've been ignoring.

My writing and project blogs will remain and there will be a way to subscribe to those via email so that readers can be notified of updates. They won't have to check in daily, however, as the posts will be less frequent than is expected on social media. And, I won't be sharing much in the way of personal information on those, nor answering personal comments. That information will have to travel the old-fashioned way, through visits and calls.

I know, there are many who cannot imagine life without social media, but, believe me, there is life beyond it. So, which project will I be tackling first? Well, I have a nonfiction book to finish, a novel or two due out this year, and forty-five short biographies to finish researching and writing, not to mention a long list of household repairs and upgrades to do. Maybe I'll just toss them all into a hat and pull one out each day and tackle that one. I'm not promising anything.

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