Giving In and Joining the Masses

I give up. There’s no way to avoid it. That’s right, I’ve joined yet another social media outlet. (Insert heavy sigh of resignation.)

Or not...

Or not…

I’m not a huge fan of social media. First, it’s a huge time waster and, believe me, I can waste plenty of time without any help from an app on my iPad. Second, it’s really hard for me to keep up with posting here, there, and everywhere (somehow “Make witty comment on Twitter” often gets ignored on my To-Do List). Third, it’s a strange little game of popularity that can really get you down if you’re not “winning.”

Still, supposedly social media is a requirement for anyone trying to get their name and their work out there. I mean, I’m sure my cats love all my books and pieces of art, but since I would prefer humans to take an interest in my creative goodies and since I only know a handful of real life humans, I have to resort to social media.

The Many Faces of My Social Media Persona

It all started with this blog. My WordPress blog (and website) has undergone many, many, many transformations over the years as I try to figure out what aspects of my personal and professional life people enjoy reading about. Of all the ways of expressing myself to the world, The Blog has always been my favorite.

But the experts say a blog isn’t enough, so…

Exactly!

Um, pretty much have to agree with this.

Several years ago, I joined Twitter and had no clue what to do. It was sort of my training ground for social media and eventually, after making a few virtual friends, I liked it well enough. I also liked that my tweets weren’t filtered (see Facebook below), so anything I posted went to all my followers. Not that they read every tweet, but still.

Facebook. Oh don’t get me started me started on the irritation of Facebook. It’s so frustrating to see a post has only gone out to less than one percent of your followers. The trouble with a business Facebook page is that if you’re not paying up and if your posts aren’t getting Liked (how are they supposed to get liked if no one sees them?), your posts go out to fewer and fewer people*. Grrrr.

*Not-So-Subtle Hint #1 – That’s a plea for all of you to go to Facebook and Like all my posts :))

Of course, I’ve also played around with Google+ (cumbersome), LinkedIn (too business-y), and Goodreads (meh) in search of a happy home for my social media persona.

And Then There Was Instagram

Today I signed up for Instagram. As it’s only my first day, I still have no idea what I’m doing. The app seems a bit clunky compared to Twitter and Facebook, it’s a bit annoying not to be able to post directly from my computer, and I’m a bit dismayed that the first person I’m told to follow is a Kardashian (NO!), but I’ll give Instagram a fighting chance.

UnknownI’m not quite sure what I’m hoping to gain from delving into another realm of social media. Perhaps I’m like Goldilocks searching for the tastiest bowl of porridge and “just right” bed. I may end up hating Instagram, but I’ll never know its potential if I don’t give it a shot (ooh, was that a pun?).

Not-So-Subtle Hint #2 – If you’re on Instagram, I’d really really really love it if you went to my profile and followed me. Unless you’re a Kardashian (or other distasteful form of life), I’ll probably follow you back. Also, any Instagram tips would be GREATLY appreciated.

Thanks everyone and have a great rest of the week!!!

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TAMMIE PAINTER is the author of THE TRIALS OF HERCULES: BOOK ONE OF THE OSTERIA CHRONICLES and an artist who dedicates herself to the tedium of creating IMAGES with colored pencil. Click HERE to learn all about her first solo exhibition.

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18 thoughts on “Giving In and Joining the Masses

  1. crawcraftsbeasties says:

    Oh wow, this is so like my own experience of social media it’s uncanny… There’s not a day goes by where I don’t cuss out the Facebook app for just being plain rubbish, and if I could go back to the heady days of not even knowing what MySpace is I would. In a heartbeat. That said, after some initial teething troubles with Instagram (they tried to interest me in Kardashians too) I’ve actually been won over. I’m off to find you now 😀

    • painterwrite says:

      Since I had a “real job” when it was popular, I never did fall into the void of MySpace. Only very very very very reluctantly did I give in and join Facebook a year ago with the hope that my family on there might be interested in my work…nope. So now on to new adventures! Or frustrations. 🤔

      • crawcraftsbeasties says:

        Ha! Yes, their company policy of “don’t make it perfect, just get it done” really shines through, doesn’t it? 😆 Although I found I started getting more views recently when I added fresh pictures directly, rather than just sharing my blog posts through WordPress. But I’ve found Instagram a lot better. And easier! Good luck 😀

      • crawcraftsbeasties says:

        Ha! My first day on Instagram was mostly spent yelling “where are the instructions?” at my phone! 😆 I really need a teenager on hand to explain this stuff to me…

      • painterwrite says:

        I’m still trying to figure out why I have to click so many different things to reply to a comment. And…why in the world can’t you look at the damn thing in landscape format!!?

      • crawcraftsbeasties says:

        Ha! The more we talk about this, the more convinced I become that social media networks are a massive cosmic joke being played on anyone over the age of 16…

  2. A says:

    Ugh, don’t even get me started on social media! When you and I met on Twitter I was working 12-hour shifts as a home health aide so I had about 10 of those 12 hours to try and keep myself entertained. That is the only reason I kinda sorta was able to keep up with it but never did I understand it or even come close to ‘winning’ at Twitter (if that’s even possible lol). Now I dread looking at my Twitter account even though I actually have a purpose (to promote my blog) and know that it is supposedly ‘necessary’. Google+ and LinkedIn really make no sense to me even though I am on both networks. I love InstaGram because I love taking pictures and sometimes the filters are fun to play with so I recommend giving it a chance! I did not mean for this comment to be a novel, sorry about that, hahaha! ❤

    • painterwrite says:

      I’ve been super lazy about Twitter lately. I’m the same with Google+ and LinkedIn – basically just “there” but not doing much of anything. So far Instagram is okay although it seems like people don’t interact much like they do on Twitter. Ah well, all part of the game, right?

      • A says:

        Instagram is less interactive, more about clicking that little ‘heart’ on others’ photos indicating you like it. Some people leave comments but not as often. As you said, social media is like a big game where everybody wants all of the attention on themselves!

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