For the past week, I've only been checking e-mail messages once a day. I haven't blogged. I haven't tweeted. Okay, I've Facebooked, a little. But here are some things I've learned.
1. INFORMATION OVERLOAD is a very real condition. I just diagnosed myself with it.
2. In aforementioned condition, one feels compelled to comment on various blogs, share helpful blogposts on twitter, and basically...OVERSHARE. I'm learning to relish my new-found mysteriousness. Not everyone needs to know what I think about everything. Otherwise, they'd be coming over to my blog to find me, right?
3. On the above note, I realized that I need to unload many of the blogs I've signed up for. Many of these people do not realize I exist, or acknowledge me when I bop over to their blogs. Nothing personal, but I love following a handful of bloggers who really make me think. You know who you are (and many of you, but not all, are in my sidebar list of Lurk-a-liscious bloggers).
4. Platform-building is necessary, but I'm still learning how to do it. Since I have no book to plug yet, I'm still putting out feelers for what you beloved blog-readers like to read. I'd love to share my book with you (please reference the OVERSHARING phenomenon above), but while I'm waiting for a publisher, I'm trying to give you some helpful and hopefully entertaining info over here. Forgive me if I miss the mark half the time, but I have the coolest group of blog readers ever, and I appreciate you!
5. Too much of a good thing is a BAD THING. Yes, I need to check e-mail to make sure that publishers aren't in a bidding war over my manuscript, or to keep up with my personal messages from writing peeps and friends. But burying myself in online commenting/tweeting/e-mail checking only feeds my writerly angst. If I go outside and water my garden, I get more ideas for my next book. And I'm a nicer person to be around, to boot.
Bottom line: Sometimes, a writer has to kind of unplug. We can't afford to be complete hermits, that's a given. But a little web-mysteriousness is kind of cool. Although I can't guarantee that if you post a really hot-button topic, I won't give my two cents' worth...at least in that once-a-day computer time I'm allotting myself.
****Do you have to limit your online time? Or do you feel platform-building is a full-time job?****