Social Media Mania

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Cat having worked real very hard to get somewhere, now wondering where it is she really got
by artist Richard Stine

I started blogging because I like blogging. Writing’s a kind of lonely thing to do, and I liked the idea of demystifying the process… ~Neil Gaiman

I agree with Neil. But, good God, what have I gotten myself into?

Every age has seen new communication technology break wide open the limitations in getting the word out to others. Cave drawings, hieroglyphics, smoke signals, printing press, telegraph…we crave communication. But we don’t actually need a lot of different options in order to communicate with one another.

I had lunch the other day with a former co-worker, we got on the topic of social media and she expressed a genuine interest in starting her own blog. “How the hell do you find the time?!” she asked me. “If I had the time, I’d do it, but I simply don’t.”

I have the time, but staying up with all this stuff eats into what time I have. And because I am responsible for all the social media platforms at work, I know first hand how much time all this stuff takes to manage. But, as I said, what have I gotten myself into?

It’s all become too much. If I’m going to stay on top of several blogs, only one of which I am paid to manage, plus a website and social media accounts for work, I have to personally give up some of my own social media stuff. Liam-Walsh-Cartoon-New-Yorker

Fortunately, there seems to be a sort of natural selection in play in the world of social media, proving that at a certain point, there is only so much time and/or interest anyone has to learn yet another form of communication. While we are inherently driven to connect and commune, we find we only need only so many ways to do so.

So, in the meantime, while our current age of technology sorts itself out, I will be happy with my myriad of blogs, stay in touch with distant relatives via Facebook (since that truly does work for my family), keep up with current events via Twitter feeds, and let the rest of the social media world go, go, go away. I’ll read a book instead. Or go for a long walk. Or pick up my Electronic Device, you know, the somewhat smaller one, and make a call. A real, honest-to-God phone call.

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