Stop & Chat is a weekly discussion post here at Read. Sleep. Repeat. where we talk about what ever tickles my fancy!
Alright my pretties this week I want to talk about robots gaining control and taking over the world!….sort of…ok not really but hey, that was a good opener right?! Anywho, this week I want to talk about the good, the bad, the ugly and the stressful when it comes to social media!
Social Media….When is too much?
This will probably be the post that get’s me the stink eye from most of you, but I’m going to go there. So recently I joined the “glorious” world of Tumblr. I’m still way too new to tell you if I love it or will keep it but I joined tumblr because I’ve been seeing more and more blogs and authors that I love on there. But I also question what the hell tumblr was anyway. Yeah Google says it’s a blogging platform (and that turned me off) but it wasn’t until I read an articled on Literary, etc. that I truly understood. But before rushing to sign up I looked at all the other social stuff just sitting with Read. Sleep. Repeat. slathered all over it.
I have a FaceBook page I rarely use. A twitter that I continually overload. A instagram, that has pictures of the most random things. My YouTube Channel for the few occasions I do vlogs. A Pinterest, that I’ve used all of 6 times. My Goodreads profile, that I use more than Google. And now a tumblr to manage! I know that all of these sites attract various audiences, and we have to promote our blogs for “reasons”. But when do we look at that extra 10 hours of work and say “umm yeah, you gotta go.”?
Regardless of how many social media outlets you use, you know it takes time and work. Scheduling tweets, managing additional tumblr post, keeping goodreads updated and so on, while occasionally fun, is really a lot of work. And don’t start with the “blogging IS work!” screams. I know blogging is work and I enjoying doing that work for my blog, but when does blogging come second to social media promotion? If I’m spending hours upon hours scheduling tweets, updating Facebook, trolling goodreads and tumblr, then when am I reading? When am I reviewing? Are we slowly allowing social media to become our “filler post”? Will twitter one day take over the world and enslave the human race? Will tumblr get so big that all our computers will spontaneously combust? Should I stop writing post when jacked up on caffeine?!!