Food. Water. Shelter. Clothing. The basic necessities of life. Now it seems we have to add Social Media to that list.
When I first started my blog the only other social media platform I used was facebook. Previously I had been part of the MSN generation (never MySpace) but this quickly petered out when Mark Zuckerberg hit the scene.
After registering and then de-registering an account on Instagram I rejoined a few months ago when I relaunched my blog in order to make my homepage more aesthetically pleasing with lots of colourful photos.
Tumblr never quite caught my attention and as for snapchat, WHAT IS THE POINT?! Pinterest doesn’t do it for me either but I’ve signed up anyway and created a few boards because hey, you have to get with the times.
To save time and energy, I link up all my social networks so that when I post for example a blog article, it can automatically be published on facebook, twitter etc at the same time. The perfectionist in me though rarely uses this helpful little tool as I often like to manually post article links with different headers and explanations.
I know some bloggers who use social media everyday, several times a day and I have absolutely no idea how they can keep up. I try my best to not let the social madness control me and tend to only post something once a day (on any platform – either a blog post or an old blog post or a retweet) and rarely at weekends.
But the fact is, keeping up with social media takes time and energy and anyone who uses the internet as a means of promoting themselves or their business has to invest in it in order to stay relevant.
I will admit that I still can’t get the hang of twitter. I try to use hashtags in my blog posts and tweet to people or companies who may relate to the content but on the whole I don’t really like it. Some people use twitter as their daily news feed but personally I find the feed pretty confusing!
Still, it seems to be a requirement nowadays to plaster ourselves all over the internet if we want to be taken seriously. You want to be an author/blogger/actor but you don’t have a facebook page? WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?
Despite all the power that the internet has given me and the fact that it has allowed me to realise many of my entrepreneurial dreams, I often lament the days when the word ‘Facebook’ didn’t even exist. Sometimes I feel like Dr Faustus – who made a pact with the devil, selling his soul in return for knowledge and power…
Does anyone else feel this way?
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