Okay, my response is going to be a story in itself. I feel torn when it comes to social media.

I love my introverted and socially awkward lifestyle but at the same time I think the social media for marketing argument is valid. As creators social media can be such a valuable tool but it’s tough, you know? Because I’m forcing myself to do it. It’s not natural for me like my children and their friends who are cracked out on Snapchat as if it’s their only means for survival. I don’t Snapchat, by the way.

I wouldn’t leave Facebook for one important reason. I’m a member of a few writing groups that are awesome, engaging, supportive and encouraging and have only increased the value of my creativeness.

I have no idea how to use Twitter but apparently it’s all the rage and I have gained opportunities through it. I also like that I can share the stories I really enjoyed reading on Medium. I suppose I could invest the time in learning all I can do on Twitter but I’m lame and have no solid interest in doing so.

I think my favorite is Instagram because I don’t have to actually say anything or engage with anyone. I can just post a photo and still get my writing and artwork out there. This is a socially awkward, introvert’s dream.

I can get lost on HitRecord for hours but I think it’s because it’s a creative engaging website. When I find interesting projects I get excited and instantly jump the train and contribute. And that’s it. There are no other engaging requirements other than creating shit and sharing it.

I gave up on Pinterest. I have zero interest in the content on there and it doesn’t feel right not to reciprocate with others. So, I deactivated my account. Quilting and baking just don’t do it for me.

I gave up on Tumblr which is a shame because Tumblr really has the best tools for a creator (in my opinion) but I was posting to crickets and it felt as an insufficient use of my time. I’m sure if I stuck with it I would eventually gain a following but after six months and nothing I decided not to bother.

I was looking over my Medium stats last night which I rarely do and discovered I have quite a few stories shared and read through Reddit. Of course you have to create an account to see anything. So I did, and within two minutes I was like, What the fuck is this even? It makes no sense to me. It’s just an unorganized cesspool of I have no clue what’s going on.

I admit, I do enjoying logging into Quora once a week but mostly for entertainment purposes because people ask the stupidest questions as in, if you believe human beings are idiots than Quora is the website for you.

All and all, however, it’s challenging to follow through. I have to remind myself to take the time to post something and then what do I share? Most of the time while I’m working I’m lost in my words or my art and just don’t think about it but at the same time I have the ability to share my work with the entire cyber world so it’s a must do. It’s the best chance I have at letting the world know I’m a creator, Hear me roar.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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