I think that social media has a LOT of benefits for writers. Writing can be a lonely profession/hobby/calling, and it’s often populated by introverts who don’t particularly want to go out and meet other people who do what they do, because making small talk with strangers is a lot of work. And social media allows you to do parts of that: meet others like you, without all that awkward standing around, wishing you were in your sweatpants, because hey, you already are!
So social media offers forums for writers to interact with fans, unpublished writers to learn about the industry from published professionals, and beginners to see what it takes. It also lets us form a community of readers and writers around the globe, all without having to leave our chairs.
That being said, I haven’t been on Twitter much at all lately, when I used to be there obsessively. Part of that is, obviously, a lack of time, thanks to the 7 month old currently screaming in her crib that I am torturing her for trying to make her nap. But a large part of it is that I’m not quite sure what Twitter is offering me right now. I’m published, but I don’t have a significant fan base (at least that I know of) that’s hanging on my every word on Twitter. Other than my mom. Hi mom! And while I always enjoy hearing from the publishing professionals about the industry, I’m not seeking an agent, nor am I shopping books, and it seems as though sometimes all I really hear about is the latest publishing scandal and drama.
The only thing I really miss is the recommendations of good books to read from friends and authors. But to be honest, I don’t have enough time to read Twitter, much less a full length novel. And my to be read shelf is now an entire bookcase and a virtual library of epic proportions. So that’s not necessary.
As a result of all of the above, I’ve sort of backed off of social media, at least for right now. And I’m here to tell you that you shouldn’t be ashamed of taking breaks, sometimes. Yes, you’re supposed to put on a good public face and sell yourself to the masses. But sometimes taking care of you and taking time off is just fine too.
So, if you need me, you know where to find me. And if you don’t, I probably didn’t want to talk to you anyway.