I took advantage of downtime over the fall and Christmas to write a couple hundred pages of my third manuscript. Good thing, because this is the first weekend in two years where I didn’t have time to write a single word on my book.
Since mid-August, despite switching from law to real estate and working hard to build my new career, I’ve managed to find the time to write and to post a new blog entry almost daily. That hasn’t been hard to do. Until this weekend.
I worked hard on a listing – helping my clients clean and declutter, getting the house staged, while working on an offer for another couple who are also friends of mine.
I had great intentions of writing at least a chapter or two. But nada. Not a word. Because of my working life?
No. It’s Twitter that’s killing me. My time gets sucked into that open hole – whole minutes vanish down the constant stream of random noise and news and quickly turn into hours.
It makes me wonder: does Social Media like Twitter really add anything to marketing and networking in return for that investment?
One author says ‘no.’ He says that if you want to find him, forget Twitter and Facebook, read his book. (On the other hand, he had 5,000 friends on Facebook, which really means he had none.)
But that’s kind of how I feel about Twitter. I find Facebook intimate. Twitter, on the other hand, is like wandering around a market in Bangladesh, trying to find someone who speaks English.
One of my pals (on FB and Twitter) says you use Twitter for notifications, not conversations. But I don’t want to ‘notify’ people of what I’m doing unless they’re friends of mine. I like FB because I actually get to know people there. We even do stuff in real-time together. On Twitter, we’re just, well, tweeting.
I don’t think I ever would give up Facebook, but unlike Twitter, I control who I communicate with there. Twitter, on the other hand, is jam-packed with strangers who post things I feel obliged to read because they show up in my feed.
Anyone’s thoughts? I’m tempted to de-tweet or re-tweet (retweet but nevew suwwenda) or whatever the proper term is for closing a Twitter account. Because my time is precious, limited, and otherwise committed, and this new media is taking a whole more of it than I expected.