Wow. It has been exactly one month since I last posted. I don’t think I’ve ever let that much time elapse since I began this blog way back in February 2011. Oh, what interesting things I had to say back then. I blogged about worldbuilding, “Developing Desire,” and how I gave up true love with the mailman. I took my readers on the roller coaster of publishing my first novel. For quite a while I was habitual about blogging at least once a week. What happened?
Yes, I did have some illnesses and some house guests this past month. (My fifteen-year-old nephew is staying with me this week and he’s eating all my ice cream!) But things have been crazy before and I’ve always managed to get a blog post out there.
Did I run out of things to say? That can’t be it because I didn’t have much to say when I started this and I still managed to dream up a post every week.
Did I become disillusioned by the publishing business? Quite honestly: no. Sure it’s scary and it’s always changing and I’ll never make a living, but, for the most part, I’m very proud of Witchlanders and very happy with my experience at Simon & Schuster.
I think I am just getting burned out on social networking in all its forms. I was devoted to the Verla Kay message boards when I first started writing, and now I haven’t dropped by in months. Suddenly Facebook, which I used to love, has become a place where people post pictures of dorky handwritten aphorisms that get re-shared a hundred times and clog up my feed. As for Twitter, I never could get the hang of it. When people don’t RT me I feel like I’m back in the high school lunch room with my bra strap showing.
The thing is, I am an introvert. I get almost all the social contact I require from my plant. And when I need a little more than what an eyelash begonia can offer, I prefer to see my friends in the flesh. In the past, I have truly enjoyed the contacts, discussions, and energy I’ve found online, but now I’m feeling overwhelmed.
I’m not sure what to do about this. I know I need to scale back on social media, but writers are told all the time that these forms of networking are an important part of the business of selling books.
I’d love to hear about how other writers are dealing with this. As for me, these are the steps I am going (or am not going) to take:
- I will blog next week. And see how I feel about it. Perhaps when I get back into the habit I will get back what I loved about it.
- I will not find out what Pinterest is. I know it’s a new social media thing that everyone is trying out, but, “la, la, la, la,” *fingers in ears* I will not be looking into it.
- I will stop by the Verla Kay boards because that was something I really did enjoy.
- I will think about quitting Facebook and/or Twitter and I’ll let my friends tell me—in the flesh!—how I’m committing social networking suicide.