September 23, 2017

Social Media Burnout

I don’t know about you, but I have a case of SOME-BO (Social Media Burnout). Between Google Alerts, Twitter, Facebook, LInked In, Branch-out, Buzz, Google+, Klout, Digg, Stumbleupon, AddThis, Redditt… all the forums, email… I login 7 days a week and usually post something somewhere.

I know blogging is our chosen way to be a productive, tax paying member of society. I know I chose it, but who would have thought social media would have exploded this fast. I remember when we started blogging, Facebooking and Tweeting, people laughed and now! Don’t get me wrong, I love blogging, Facebook can be fun, Twitter is interesting, I think it is all the other networking that is starting to get to me.

If you are in the same boat as me here is some advice, of which I hope to follow!

1.) Pick the venues that are right for you. Whether it is blogging, Facebook or Linked in. Take 1 or 2 and get them under your belt and into your system. Ask yourself why you are involved in each. Look at the value of each site and what you are trying to achieve. If you are only doing this because everyone else is- reconsider why you are doing it.

2.) Set aside the time for social media and DON”T add in other venues if you do not have the time, energy or wherewithal to deal with them.

3.) If you have a trusted staff member, assign out to them what you would like them to do. Set up guidelines and parameters. Make sure they have the time. Nothing stresses one out more than not being able to get a job done.

4.) Stop, turn it off. (My new motto, stop after 6 pm, no social media Friday’s and at least 1 day on the weekend, do not turn on the computer)

5.) Leave the phone at Home. I already do this (this is to my friend Sherrie, who was insulted because I don’t answer the phone 24/7)

6.) This is for everybody who is in front of a computer all day: STOP, take a walk, breathe, stretch, do yoga, do something. The pain in the neck, the leg swelling will decrease.

7.) If you have signed up for Twitter and other sites and are not going to use them, delete them. It looks worse that you have empty pages. When you sign up for something, there is pressure to produce, deleting it, eliminates the pressure.

8.) Recognize you have SOME-BO. Take a break, I will bet you that if you don’t Facebook for a week, noone will notice.

On that note, All those that have asked me to Branch-Out, Link In and Google +, weblog, I promise I will get to you someday. I will try to follow my own advice, so who knows when the next time you will hear from me

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