This pic illustrates why I was so hesitant for many years to get involved with social media.
Like many writers, I’m mildly introverted, but when I go out in public, I figure as long as I’m out in the world anyway, I might as well try to make it a little more pleasant for those I interact with. And like you, I’ve seen some people far too focused on their electronic devices.
Stories of internet addiction abound, and I didn’t want to become part of that problem.
But really, refusing to use social media at all is throwing the baby out with the bathwater. I’ve made nice connections on the internet, people who have really helped me, and who I’ve tried to help in return. And you can, too.
So, put your reservations aside. We all know there’s plenty of chocolate just a short drive away, but that doesn’t mean we don’t eat healthy food as well. It’s all about balance.
And don’t have unrealistic expectations. You won’t like everyone you meet on social media; after all, you don’t enjoy the company of everyone you interact with in real life. The good news is that it’s far easier to leave the conversation online. All you have to do is click.
As a side note to writers, it’s far better to develop a social media presence sooner than later. I’ve seen it happen over and over; people publish first and then decide to build up an online presence. But you’ll be far more effective if you build up your social media network in advance.
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