Thursday, July 24, 2014

Taking a Vacation...From the Internet?

No, I haven't been on an internet vacation. Not yet, anyway. But I've thought about it. Have you?

We all know how much fun the online world can be.  But it can also be a huge time-suck.


My favorite online hangout is Facebook--it's fun, and, Mark Zuckerberg's all-too-frequent "improvements" aside, mostly easy to use. I belong to several writers groups there--but I've found that's not going to sell books. No...I make my sales elsewhere on Facebook. I go make an ass of myself on a couple of soaps' pages (I watch The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful with some regularity--and the storylines on soaps give me much to ridicule) and my sales invariably increase. Then there are the movies and TV shows I love--The Blacklist, Agents of SHIELD, The Big Bang Theory, any Marvel superheroes and my beloved Minions. The more active I am on those pages, the better my books sell. 

Take a vacation from that? Why? 
 
The jury's still out on Google +...though I did get followed by The Blacklist there. Could be interesting. Think I'll stay with it!


Twitter is good for keeping up with what everyone else is doing. One of my Tweets was recently retweeted by Bronx Zoo's Cobra. Seriously. Anything can happen at Twitter!
I left LinkedIn a while back. It's a great site if you're looking for a job, but not so useful for authors. Waste of time. As for Goodreads and Shelfari, well, I couldn't come up with a single good reason to stay with either of them! 


Email, for me, is the most time-consuming. I have five email accounts--one used solely for archiving purposes, one for coupons and newsletters, two for business, and one for personal email. I had seven accounts, but my two oldest accounts, both at Yahoo, had been hacked so many times, I finally deleted them.

I deal with so much email, I often get confused as to what I'm responding to whom. I used to think not answering one's email was inexcusably rude--but these days, I find myself struggling to keep up with mine. And I confess, long, chatty emails are often put aside until "later," when I have more time. "Later" never comes. And I apologize to the friends who sent those messages!

Blogging, for me, takes the least amount of time. I blog 1-3 times a week, and the list of blogs I regularly follow is a fairly short one.

What takes up most of your online time? Would you consider taking an internet vacation?


 

16 comments:

  1. Love that gorgeous flower on the top. You know I like the tropical types. LOL
    My life is a vacation so no vacation from the internet, just mind bending emotional crap I have to deal with on a regular basis making things harder than they should be....Hugs.

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    1. Mind-bending emotional crap...I'm familiar with that myself.

      That's one of my favorite flowers--the Stargazer Lily!

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  2. This was interesting. I am thinking about G+ now that they lifted the name ban thing. Which makes me happy, and was the main reason I wouldn't join before.

    I blog each day, just passed 204 in a row, but I'm doing it smarter these days. Where my blog is now working for me, instead of me working for it. And I love it.

    Email, I love that too. Very easy to chat. Though I do have more than one email, one I use solely for couponing. I follow A LOT of coupon blogs, and social media deals. So that gets one single email.

    As for a vacation, I often go unplugged. Especially when I am in the midst of a heavy food writing/lab working it out, kind of day. The computer goes off, and I'll go on later or the next day.

    Anyway, that's what works for me. I never understood women who felt bad because they could not read every single blog or comment on each one. For me, that's making it too much work.

    What's the fun in that?

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    1. Exactly! When it stops being fun, stop doing it!

      I enjoy your blog posts. They're not too long (as mine sometimes are). I have managed to limit email to an hour a day most days. And I think unplugging for at least part of each day is a necessity in order to accomplish anything.

      I knew something had to give the day I was having lunch with a friend and we were constantly interrupted by my email notifications. I sent one message and looked up. The expression on my friend's face told me something had to change!

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    2. I think everyone needs to find what works for them. I unplug a lot, because I'm the type of writer that enjoys my quiet work time. I see no reason to have the computers running, if I'm writing.

      Are you feeling bombarded by social media? Have you ever gone the entire weekend with your computers, off?

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    3. I still write first drafts in longhand, so I can unplug while writing. I've definitely cut back on most social media. Never went an entire weekend with everything off...but that sounds heavenly!

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    4. It is heavenly. Hope your weekend was great. Happy new week.

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  3. I'm still technically at LinkedIn, but it's probably been a year or more since I've actually been there.

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    1. I closed my account. Which is why I can't figure out why I'm still getting invitations to connect there....

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  4. Fortunately I sometimes can't get the Internet up... my most consuming thing is looking through crochet patterns.
    I'm taking a real vacation in a few weeks and won't be on-line at all.
    My goal this summer was to enjoy my time off, and get some writing done, and I'm doing that now.
    As far as being on line and doing things, I've been MIA, most of the time. I know there has to be a better way of getting my ebooks to READERS, but I haven't found it, yet.
    So, I'm just going to keep things low-keyed for now. I ignore a lot of invites to like this or that. Sort of a waste of my time too.

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    1. I'm annoyed by all the invitations to play Facebook games, but I just ignore them. I've dropped everything but Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and blogging. As of yesterday, I began my exodus from Smashwords and am going back to exclusivity at Amazon.

      And I have a boatload of reviews to write....

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  5. Right now, Facebook and keeping up with the Israeli/Gaza conflict.

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    1. I saw! Your daughter is in my prayers, Shelly.

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  6. I like the idea of a vacation from the internet, then I wouldn't see the stupid emails from facebook saying, you have notifications! Yeah. Important notifications. Someone wants me to see a pic of them standing in front of a restaurant. Someone wants me to sign up for a game of spit on the keyboard.

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    1. I hated that, too! I finally managed to put a stop to them.

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  7. I guess it's answering emails and the blog that takes up the most time.. oh and researching for the blog also.. but I do like a break now and then.. just a few days of not looking at a computer screen :) While I was off last week I watched seasons 1,2,3 and 4 of Game of Thrones, oh la so much beheading :) it's a little like a medieval soap opera :)

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