I have been ruminating on this post for a while. I’ve had various versions scheduled to post but delayed posting, however I think the time has finally come. As many of you will appreciate, juggling the demands of blogging, work and real life are not always easily managed. Sometimes, something has to give. I’ve reached the point, where I need to get myself back on track and it’s my intention to step back from social media, or more particularly Twitter.
As many of you will appreciate Twitter has a habit of eating into time, but I also find that increasingly it is not just draining my time, but also my energy and enthusiasm. I suppose I’m becoming increasingly uncertain as to its value, as very often all I seem to do is retweet posts that effectively bat the same books around the same group of people. As blog tours become more prevalent and to my mind excessively long (this morning I saw one with 52 dates!!) I can only see this getting worse. I really can’t believe that I’m the only one that’s bored with seeing the same books for days on end. It just feels like a marketing treadmill that once on is very difficult to get off and I never had much enthusiasm for that aspect in the first place.
Despite the fact I have over 1700 followers, I interact with probably less than 80 people. That interaction is also very much restricted for the most part to book related posts. If I post anything personal or put something none book related out into the ether, the response is normally a deafening silence. I sometimes feel like I only exist as Jill’s Book Cafe and I already have enough confidence issues without creating more for myself.
So for the minute I think the time has come to revert back to doing to what I felt happy with which is just reading, reviewing and posting to my blog, I will also maintain my Facebook page. My blog will stay linked to Twitter, for the purposes of keeping my profile up to date, but I don’t expect to be dropping in or participating on a regular basis – famous last words. (I’ve rethought this strategy as of course it will make it look as though I am tweeting, so this blog will be unlinked for the time being).
I don’t want anyone to feel that this is a criticism of the blogging community or choices that people make. As this week has shown, it’s amazingly, friendly and supportive and I have nothing but admiration for what everyone achieves, the issues are all mine. There are times when I feel like a fish out of water, so basically I’m just getting out of the Twitter pond for the time being.
I’m hoping that perhaps I’ll actually be more productive on the blog as I rediscover my joy of reading and start to make better use of my time. So I shall still be here, but just quietly doing my own thing.
I’m still feeling conflicted about posting this, but I know it’s the right thing for me to do, with the way I feel about things at the minute, so I hope you’ll understand.