October 10, 2016 14 Comments
I’ve just finished reading yet another blog post on the benefits (or lack thereof) of social media for writers. I’m really getting tired of the same old arguments rehashed over and over again:
Social media doesn’t sell books! (duh).
Blogging is dead! (Wait . . . what?)
OMG! NEWSLETTERS ARE THE WAY TO GET PEOPLE TO BUY YOUR BOOK! (*slowly backs away*).
I was struck by the realization of Andrew Sullivan’s latest blog post, you can find it here.
It in, he states that he “. . . want[s] to read again, slowly, carefully. I want to absorb a difficult book and walk around in my own thoughts with it for a while. I want to have an idea and let it slowly take shape, rather than be instantly blogged. I want to write long essays that can answer more deeply and subtly the many questions that the Dish years have presented to me. I want to write a book.”
So he’s retiring from the blogging world. I don’t blame him. I did the once-a-day posts and it damn near killed me, so I switched it up to once every other day and even that was hard. My posts now are not anywhere NEAR consistent. As I read on, a thought came to mind: if authors are tired of constantly putting out original content (because the experts tell us we have to, every day, FOR THE REST OF OUR FREAKING LIVES), what about those who READ those posts? I love reading things from my writer friends, but I don’t have time to sit and go through every single post on Twitter, Facebook or blog of all the writers I know. I wish I did, I really do, but there are so many hours in a day and I have a life outside of the internet. I suspect the majority of other people do too, so it comes to choosing.
To be honest, I am GRATEFUL to those writers who are inconsistent; who only blog once every couple of weeks or once a month. These posts are interesting, insightful. When I see a blog post from a writer friend who hasn’t posted for a while, I’m more incline to read it.
This gives me a quick insight on how they’re doing, what they’re doing (or not doing) and I can still do other things, like, you know . . . write.
Authors are doing social media THEIR way, and in doing so, made it enjoyable for them.
No, you don’t have to blog every day.
No, you don’t have to be on Twitter or Facebook for hours on end (unless you want to).
No, you don’t have to do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, because in the end you need to do it . . . (say it with me) YOUR WAY.