Encouragement, Writing Advice

6 tips on using social media for writers who don’t like using social media.

If you’re anything like me, you loathe the time-wasting medium of social media. But as authors (especially independent authors), it is a necessary evil you must dabble with if you hope to market your books and your brand.

One of the things I dislike about Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, et al, is their addicting nature. Like a mermaid, social media sings its irresistible songs to seduce writers to waste their time scrolling through YouTube videos, poorly spelled memes, personal relationship drama, and an endless supply of images of pets and meals.

imageSo how do you employ social media to benefit your writing career without it luring you into the rocks of distraction and shipwrecking your free time?

Well, have no fear, I am here to help.

The biggest obstacle you have to overcome is resisting the mermaid’s siren, and the biggest solution to that obstacle is to make social media harder to access.

And here are six ways to do just that:

1). Don’t download social media apps. Instead, force yourself to go through a browser which will take you a little longer to do.

2). After visiting a social media site, be sure to log out. By having to log back in every time to view them (through a browser), you’ve effectively removed the ease by which you can cavalierly access them.

3). Disable all notifications. If you’re not being alerted about a new post or message on social media, you won’t know if you’re missing anything. Keeping notifications on is like entering a bakery when you’re on a diet. Don’t enter the bakery, and don’t enable notifications.

4). Determine to visit social media only once a day (or two days). Pick mornings or evenings (or whatever time is good for you) and stick to it. This way you won’t feel the draw of checking social media every free moment you have because you’ve agreed that you’re only going to check them at predetermined times.

image5). Have an accountability partner to help you limit your social media time and keep you focused on your writing.

6). For every 12 hours (or 24 hours) that you don’t check your social media, reward yourself with something nice . . . like a donut.

I hope these are a help to you. If you have any other suggestions, please share them in the comments section.


Wanna hang out with me and my phone?

imageTake a moment and check out this superb essay by Brendan Leonard. But if you’re in the middle of dinner with someone, wait to do it later.

Hey friend or significant other or family member or potential love interest:

Would you like to go out for dinner or coffee or a beer with me today so we can stare at our phones and not talk to each other?

We don’t have to stare at our phones the entire time, of course. We could agree to spend 50 percent of the time talking about stuff and the other 50 percent looking at our phones. Or maybe 60/40 would be better for me.

Of course, you are free to try to talk to me 100 percent of the time as long as it’s OK for me to look at my phone 50 percent of the time.

Actually, hold on a second, I just have to check my phone to look at Instagram to see if there are any new photos of a model’s butt presented in a new and interesting way since the last time I checked 27 minutes ago.

Nope, we’re good. OK. Oh wait, but look at this puppy!

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