I signed up for Snapchat recently. I don’t think it’s meant for people my age—the forty-somethings—but hey. The New York Times praised its innovations, so I figured I’d give it a try.
Wow. I have no idea what to do with it. I managed to set my profile pic so I’m not just a ghost. And I’ve viewed certain stories, but otherwise I’m lost. Fortunately, I have younger cousins who will, I hope, take pity on me and show me what to do. (But if you have any hints, leave them in the comments!)
Meanwhile, I’m rethinking my use of all social media. It’s supposedly important for an author, so I should pay more attention to it than I have thus far.
I spend a decent amount of time on Facebook, so I’d like to create an author page. Goodreads is an excellent resource for both readers and writers, so my goal for 2017 is to do a lot more with my groups than just casually check in.
But what about Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram? They’re all fun, but I don’t lavish attention on them—except to follow fandom news. I’ve rediscovered my love for Pinterest, however. Now I’m trying to figure out how to use it in a way that will magically satisfy my cravings as an author, reader and fangirl.
And should I regulate my time? Give myself an hour on social media every morning and then ignore it for the rest of the day? No, I’ll break that rule with the first alert that Misha Collins is live-streaming.
All right. Clearly I need to research more and experiment more.
How do you use social media? As an author tool, a blogging tool, a fandom tool or just a way to keep up with friends and family? Do you set limits on the time you spend on your favorite sites? Do you restrict yourself to just a couple of sites, or try to keep on top of them all? Help me out by letting me know in the comments!