Last night I was scrolling through Instagram while keeping one eye on my laptop's Tweetdeck feed, when I remembered that I had yet to update this site's Facebook page that day (as opposed to my regular "real life" Facebook feed, which I hadn't gotten around to either). Then I remembered I hadn't been virtual shoe shopping on Pinterest in a few hours; I remembered this because I was reading how we should apparently be using Pinterest to promote our blogs too. However, if I spent time getting caught up over there I'd fall behind on responding to blog comments here . . .
*hits head on keyboard*
. . . and then I threw my hands up in the air and admitted that I may have reached the point of social media bankruptcy, where I've taken on too much to do any one of them well. Where, in attempting to keep up with everyone everywhere, I might be taking away from things like valuable shoe research time (and, um, family and friends). Remember back when it was this easy?
Sigh - me too, barely. I was astounded to find just how many I have going right now - the ones I can remember, that is - once I sat down to tally them up:
- Blog (duh)
- Facebook, both "real life" & blog accounts
Granted, I don't devote the same amount of time to all of these - this ol' blog and the Twitter are where my icy, near-dead writer's heart lies, so I actively engage in those on a regular basis. I more passively check in on the others, not worrying too much about how much I'm contributing or reading there, but just knowing they exist is causing me some stress.
I'm considering paring down, aside from here & with le Twitter . . . my LinkedIn profile seems the obvious chopping block candidate, as it basically exists only to . . . I have no idea. In fact, I've never quite seen what the benefit of that one was, aside from serving as the slightly more professional, work-sanctioned way to spy on your exes versus Facebook.
I'm stumped, though, as to how to manage the rest. I really enjoy them and, as someone who is not paid to do most of this, I have the benefit of checking in & out of them at my leisure. Even so, would I gain some sanity points & more time for my "Economist"
"US Weekly" reading if I scaled back somewhere?
How do you balance your social media fun? Have you declared bankruptcy and scaled back, or have you found a reasonable way to keep it all going?