When Social Media Bleed Together — September 2, 2013

When Social Media Bleed Together

Odd title for a post? Perhaps a bit. Let me explain what it means.

There are so many social media sites out there. Some are more powerful than others. Some are more nebulous as to their purpose and advantage than others. (I’m looking at you Instagram and Flickr and all those other similar sites.)

There are several heavy-hitters in the social media world:

Facebook
Twitter
Tumblr
Pinterest

Of course we can add Blogger and WordPress into that list. (I also find it interesting that Blogger’s spell checker has Tumblr as approved spelling but has yet to add Pinterest to its dictionary as acceptable.)

Of those four, I am on two– Pinterest and Twitter.

I love both equally. I’ve whiled away many an hour on Pinterest, repinning to my heart’s content as I explore the Geek board (along with Women’s Fashion, History, Food & Drink, and sometimes Humor).

I have many boards. I used to have four more than I currently do. I’d titled these boards very specifically to my interests. BBC Ruins Me (for Sherlock and other BBC programs), Fantastic Bananas (for Doctor Who), Nerd-dom (for all things geeky which didn’t fit those boards), and eventually I added Legends of Hyrule (for Legend of Zelda, obviously).

Why did I delete them?

Because they no longer fit the defining characteristic of Pinterest. I mean, isn’t the point of Pinterest that you’re visually bookmarking things to reference again later? You pin recipes with the intention of someday making them. Clothes to be able to reference them again and perhaps purchase or find a similar garment for purchasing. Historical fashion and photos can be pinned to reference later in writing research.

But the geeky stuff?

I found my Pinterest was quickly becoming a Tumblr fangirl wannabe. Most everything I ever pinned onto those four board was from Tumblr. I still don’t quite get what Tumblr’s unique purpose and contribution might be to a future writing platform. And I’m still determined to keep Pinterest largely not about a writer’s platform. But I did find that my Pinterest was becoming too much like all the fangirl accounts on Tumblr.

So I deleted them. And have determined to keep a clearer focus on the reason Pinterest was created as I move forward in my use of the website. This is the same goal I have with any of my other social media. Twitter is one giant chat room. One in which, admittedly, I get lost more often than not. Thus far, however, I have yet to see Pinterest and Twitter bleed into one another.

I think the bleeding is more likely to happen between Pinterest and Tumblr and between Facebook and Twitter. Though I do have plans for a Tumblr should I someday be blessed enough to have Heirs of the Seven Realms and all its sister books published. (Assuming Tumblr is still popular then.)

Meanwhile, don’t mind the tremors in my hands as I go through pinning withdrawals. (I kid, I kid.)

Social Media Redux — November 3, 2011

Social Media Redux

I know I already talked about ditching Facebook.  Since then, I’ve done likewise to Google+.  The same day I did that I culled my blogroll to just the blogs I regularly read.  (And even then I’m sure I’m not faithful in my visiting of those blogs.)

Why?

It’s just too much.  Even Twitter I’ve gotten lax on.  Partly it’s because I’ve gotten a seasonal job which is taking a lot of my energy.  (Way more than it rightly should, if you ask me.  I’m just out of practice on this whole being employed thing.)

But a bigger part of it is that it’s just too much.  That’s why I’ve pared down the blog schedule to only two days a week.  Priorities are in need of constant reassessment.  This is part of that process.

Yes, authors need a platform.  But more and more I’m seeing agents and publishers talking about how it’s not something fiction authors need to focus on before they’re published.

Yes, it can help grab an agent’s attention.  It can be a good leg up when you do get a book published.  But it detracts from what’s really important in this process– WRITING.

I’ve learned a lot along the way in the two-plus years I’ve been blogging consistently.  But I’ve learned even more with each book I’ve written in those years.  But while writing has always been my goal and what I wanted to do, blogging took over.  The pressure put on authors on the road to agent, editor, and finally book-on-shelf to be out there on the social media is overwhelming.

And it just got to be too much.  So I decided to cut it back.