1. Keeping a blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads account is pretty much more than I can handle. They can be huge time sucks. But I also can't live without them (at least that's what I tell myself)!
2. I have some new followers (hello out there and thank you!) but Google only allows me to follow 300 blogs (at least that's what the error message says). So unless I take the time to clean out my Google reader and unfollow blogs that no longer exist etc., I cannot follow back. *sniff* Cleaning out that Google reader? A huge time suck (unless there's a secret I'm unaware of)! But I will do it, darn-it, I will!
3. I may tweet more than post status updates on FB, but I sometimes feel more comfortable on Facebook than on Twitter. Probably because my friends and family are on FB, and they *get me* (and make me feel like I matter).
However, if I (or anyone else) ever has any kind of news to share (good or bad), the writing community comes together on Twitter in an amazing and supportive way.
4. Sometimes social media can feel like high school. And it may be my own perception. When a group of people are tweeting back and forth like mad, or making a vlog together, or joining forces to connect blog topics, I feel slightly awkward and uncool. Like I'm standing in line outside a swanky NY club, and the bouncer just let Lindsay Lohan and all of her friends in ahead of me.
On the other hand, I get involved in some group situations too, so who's to say others aren't feeling that way about ME?
5. I feel wierd when I ask someone a direct question or give a heartfelt compliment on Twitter and it's ignored time and again (yeah I know, why try, right?).
(psst...I'm not referring to those who feel social media challenged and can't find their tweets-- used to happen to me. Or people who are never on Twitter and therefore never saw my tweet to begin with. I'm referring to those who seem too self-important. They are out there-and maybe they're just misunderstood-who knows)
I think responding back or saying thank you are social cues everyone should practice. Especially if you want me to keep following you. Because even if your words are funny or gorgeously written, I'll no longer be a cheerleader for you. I may buy your book or read your great blog post eventually, but I'll feel strange about you. Just sayin'.
Nice goes a loooooooong way in my book!
Remember these are MY truths. Yours may be different.
Do YOU have any truths to share?