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?