I deleted most all of my blogs social media profiles this weekend.
*Insert gasps from every blogger here*
I’ll say it again, I deleted most all of my blogs social media accounts this weekend. No more Facebook, Twitter, or Linkdin and Pinterest, Instagram and Google + have all become personal accounts again. This doesn’t mean I won’t promote my blog via my personnel social media just that for now I don’t want to focus on growing 15 fronts all at the same time I’m trying to grow a true connection with you, my readers, here. And guess what? I couldn’t be happier with my decision. I gave it a lot of thought and in the end it’s the best move for me and for this blog.
Sure all the blog guru’s and professionals tell you that having a social media presence is a must. What they don’t tell you is how to manage life, family, self, blog and all the social media that is a must on a daily basis. I know some say five minute here, ten minutes there but really that’s not doing anyone any good. You can’t make a real connection anywhere in five minutes. For me (and many others I am sure) it just isn’t feasible to spend all day on the computer (or tech of choice) networking with everyone. It’s not that I wouldn’t like to but I’ve learned the hard way it doesn’t work.
See for it was all to much, I was spending hours in front of my computer screen selling my brand and ignoring all the things I love to do and blog about Things like cooking, crafting, art journaling, sewing and more. I was also falling behind in daily needed life chores. All this stuff I love and even the things I don’t (like dishes and bathrooms) inspire me almost hourly but if I am not spending time doing these things that inspiration dries up, fast. I’ll be honest with you, I thought about deleting the blog because I was burning out and drying up but I love writing and I love being here so I stopped and thought about what was really bringing me down. I realized over extending myself was a huge part of the problem. I was stretched so thin on time that I just didn’t care. There are a few other areas I would like to work on but never had the time because well I was to busy liking, following or trying to tweet.
Now that all the distractions are gone my free time has opened back up and I can tell my writing ‘mojo’ is coming back.
I’ve been blogging off and on for a few years now and while I’ve never ‘hit it big’ I have had fun and that’s what really counts in the end. I want to have fun in life and I want to inspire others to do the same. I don’t have to be the next Bloggess, although I do love her and how randomly crazy she is, but that’s her not me.
So to all the new bloggers and even the older ones who are feeling burned out and run down. Stop and take a step back, take a good look at how much you have going on and ask yourself is it really contributing to your final goal. Yes social media can be important in a blogs growth but it should never be more important the blog and the author of the blog. The minute social media becomes more work than your blog is the minute it stops becoming fun.
How about you? Do you buy into the social media hype or are you a rebel like me and say no thanks?