Hello again! Hope everyone is happy, healthy, and otherwise well. As for me, I’m good. Better than good – great even, and part of that is due to the lengthy break I took from social media.
As an author with books to promote, and social media as one of the best ways to do that, taking a break was a tough decision to make. However, I also have a day job (elementary school), a family, a second job (book editor) and a third job (read team member) and I was starting to feel as though I was getting buried under an avalanche of unfinished projects, missed deadlines, and my own writing was suffering.
Anyone and everyone who’s alive and online knows what a time sucker social media can be. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an amazing way to keep in touch with family, friends, and current events. It’s a fantastic tool for writers as well as anyone looking to promote themselves. But damn, it’s easy to start scrolling and suddenly an hour, or more, has vanished, never to be seen again.
Because I was getting out of the habit of writing, I was feeling lower than I’d felt in a while. See, to me, writing is pure joy. It makes me happy to weave words together, to create something out of a kernal of an idea that sparks in my mind. Simply put, when I’m not regularly writing, I don’t feel like myself. I fought and struggled for writing time for years, and to lose that was eating away at me. I’d never been one to miss deadlines and when that happened on three different occasions, I knew I had to reset my priorities.
Now that I’m back to writing every day, I’ve got my editing projects all caught up, my submissions pile is looking almost empty, and summer is nearly here (school will be out for 12 weeks) I’m feeling ready to tackle getting back on social media. I know I have a mammoth task ahead of me, reviving my Twitter account and drumming up interest in my work again, but I’m always up for a challenge! And this time around, I’m going to try and schedule social media time and see if that helps keep me on track and accountable so I don’t waste my other time.
At the end of the day, I can’t regret my decision, even though it cost me in my visibility as an author and in book sales because I feel mentally refreshed, emotionally energized and my creativity is at an all-time high. My takeaway from my social media break is this – it matters to take care of myself *smile*
I hope you’re taking care of yourselves, too!