I recently signed up to Twitter but I haven't the slightest clue as to what I'm doing.
Everyone's on Facebook (except my husband), and there are loads of people blogging, here via Blogger, or WordPress or Tumblr. Did I mention I also have a Tumblr page? Then there's Pinterest (as far as I can tell) for women addicted to social media but too old for Tumblr – less rock and roll, more home furnishings. I'm there too, don't ask me why. What else? Linkedin, Goodreads, Flickr – stop me if you've heard this one before (to quote The Smiths).
Every now and again I feel to urge to drop out from all these platforms, and commit social media suicide. I have enough distraction in my life taking me away from my writing, reading, parenting and partnering – the important things in my life. And yet...
Ten years ago, beyond a card with a little news at Christmas time, and the odd email, I had no idea what my friends in London or cousins in Greece were up to. Now I know when they have gone somewhere interesting, what they're reading, and I see pictures of them and their friends. I've "reconnected" with old flatmates, people I worked with, friends of friends that I always liked and wished were my friends – and I've made new friends: mostly superficial friendships, but several that are absolutely genuine. And if I'm not in the mood, I need not log in.
A part of me is "here" to promote my writing – that's what I tell myself; but I think we're all here simply to connect, in any way we can. It's not the same as a hug or a laugh over coffee, but it can be fun.
How many social media accounts do you have? Please leave a comment!!!
Piniterest: for women addicted to social media but too old for Tumblr – less rock and roll, more home furnishings. Hey that's quite funny. I think I'll Tweet it!