Writing About Writing

Confessions #2) Social Media – Friend or Foe when it comes to Writing?

I’m looking back at my list of confessions as an aspiring author and I’m starting to realize the first couple of confessions were ludicrous, funny, and yes at times insane. But, I’m going to try and make some sense out of my confessions and use them to explain the bigger picture with certain things.

Yes, I like Thoughts of Dog (@dog_feelings) on Twitter. It’s sweet. Inspiring. And, funny.

I started using social media strictly for business and to gain more readers for my blog and to find more blogs to read. I love to find great articles by new writers and picking their brains by reading their fantastic words.

I’ve discovered plenty of writers through scoping the blog retweets on Twitter and Instagram posts from popular bloggers on the “Gram”. I can see the value of having Social Media as a tool.

  • I’m able to connect with readers and writers from all over the world.
  • I can promote my work.
  • I can even create content to get opinions from complete strangers.

But, I also know that social media has this one quality that is almost detrimental to any writer: it sucks up a heck of a lot of time!

I can easily lose an hour just watching and reading Instagram posts. An hour spent NOT working on my novel or learning a new way to promote my book. It’s not the fault of the social media website, I get that. I have to accept responsibility. And, I also know like with most things balance and keeping track of what you are spending your time on is very important as well.

So, what do you think? Is Social Media your Friend or your Foe? Do you have any tips to help us not to get sucked into the world of never ending posts and videos? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

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