“Facebook is dying,” I hear from several friends, some of whom are social media “experts”.
I use Facebook to keep in touch with close friends and family. I deleted a number of people when I got sick – mostly work acquaintances for whom I seemed to drop off the face of the earth. I didn’t want the daily reminder that their lives continue on as normal, and I am so easily forgettable.
“You should use Twitter to promote your writing,” a young woman once advised.
Trusting her savvy – she is of that generation – I joined Twitter and linked it to my blogs, and apart from the occasional single like and odd retweet, nothing happened. Twitter, in my highly uninformed opinion, seems to be a forum for ranting. On the positive side, I have connected with a community of ME sufferers, like myself, however; even in that community there is divisiveness, and I find that very tiring. I have unlinked my blogs, and will now only post when I think the material is of interest to Twitter followers.
“Why aren’t you on Instagram?”
I have avoided Instagram for years, thinking it is only a forum for photographers, which I was not. Then I got a camera, and I started taking pictures, and I discovered BeFunky.com and I started playing with my photographs, and recently I started writing poems to go with the images, and it hit me: I should try Instagram.
“Instagram is crap!” A friend said when I told her.
I don’t understand. Isn’t social media supposed to help us get exposure?
I dream of one day being a published author. I know I am not alone in that dream. I also know I am not alone in my frustration/confusion over social media. My poem on the subject has risen to number 1 on my poetry blog.
I would love to hear of other people’s experiences. Any do’s or don’ts? Pointers I might be missing. Do you even use social media?
(Photos are from my personal collection, examples of the images and words I’ve been playing with.)