It seems I am always making embarrassing confessions around here. Sadly, I have another one for you. For a blogger, this one is pretty unforgivable. If you’ve tried to connect with me at all beyond the realm of this website you probably know this already.
I suck at social media. It’s not that I don’t understand how it works either. I get it. I know the importance of it. I know what I need to do with it. But I am incapable of applying this knowledge. It’s my not-so-secret shame.
The thing is, I always have great intentions. I mean to reply to emails and tweets and Facebook comments. I plan strategies, I come up with witty (or what I think are witty) status messages, and I sign up for the latest trends. Unfortunately, these ideas remain solely in my head. I put them off for later, when I think I will have more time. In my head is a magical future day during which I will devote hours to getting it all done. It’s time for me to realize that day doesn’t exist. If I don’t make time for it now, I am probably never going to.
If I haven’t answered an email you sent, I apologize from the bottom of my heart. I want to reply. I probably wrote my response in my head while reading it. But then something else happened, or I was at work, or it was time to walk the dog, and I told myself I would reply later, when I had more time to really think about it. And then I get another email I want to respond to, and another. It just builds and builds until I am overwhelmed. Weeks pass and I feel like it’s too late. Who answers an email three months after it was received? A jerk, that’s who.
This is no excuse, I know. It’s really quite awful. But it’s not personal.
If only it was just email. My shame goes deeper.
After months of procrastinating, I finally created a Facebook page for my website. I don’t know if I have logged in since. Even though I know I need to spend some serious time promoting my blog on Facebook and other similar sites, I just can’t make myself do it. There is no excuse for this either as I do keep my personal Facebook updated. I have a smart phone with full capabilities. I could update the page while on the bus every morning.
Of course, there is everything else that needs updating too. Twitter, for instance, and Youtube, and my blog itself. When the whole Triberr thing started I was excited as it seemed to be something that would just maintain itself. That is, until Triberr’s security settings changed. Now I have to log in to that every day, multiple times a day, to keep it from getting backlogged.
Am I the only one feeling a little defeated with all this? Last year Edie Jarolim of Will My Dog Hate Me and Amy Burkert of Go Pet Friendly created a blogger challenge based around the fact they both felt bullied by their blogs. I’ve managed to escape that feeling, but I am definitely feeling bullied by social media. I just can’t keep up with it no matter what I try. At this point, I am wondering if I should just trash the whole thing and become a hermit.
Do you have any great social media tricks to share? How do you handle all of these new demands? Or are you more like me, choosing to pretend you’ll figure it out later? Honestly, I have no idea how people can be so active in so many places. It blows my mind. Are these people just robots or should I be kicked off the Internet for being so lazy?