Twitter versus writing?

I recently took a break from Social Media.

I needed too!

I found that I had become focused on numbers, focused on stats and followers.  So, from the second week in December until the first week in January, my presence on Social Media was scant indeed. No blog post’s, no tweets, no Facebook comments.

Man, I needed that break.

I’ve come back refreshed, full of vim and vigor, although with a slightly different focus. Social Media is time consuming and unless your a fantasist, anarchist or a surrealist billionaire, then most of us are time poor. Somewhere along the track I lost my direction and forgot the reason I was using Social Media for; and that was of course to showcase my writing.

What writing?


With a self enforced break from Social Media my eyes are now wide open, my vision is clear – for all the hours spent trying to build my online presence – I could have been writing. Simple as!

It is such a conundrum is it not? In order to flog your product you need an online presence, but building presence takes up time that you could been developing product. Oh dear – what a jolly kerfuffle!

So, in conclusion, I have decided to pare back my twitter activity and invest this time much more wisely.

I have attached a link below to an article which helped me come to this decision.

Please let me know what you think and how you manage the conflict between writing and marketing. Any tips would be appreciated.

Kia Ora Roly





3 thoughts on “Twitter versus writing?

  1. I totally share your social media woes. Marketing is something I am struggling with as well. When you don’t have tens of thousands of dollars to pay someone to market for you, the entire process is stressful and frustrating. I know nothing about marketing, yet as a writer, I have been violently shoved into this marketing world. Social media has done nothing for book sales. The only thing it’s really good for is exposure. I make more money off my books from personal connections, signings, and book fests, than from media advertising. In fact, I’ve read from several reliable sources that if you constantly shove your book in people’s faces, they are less likely to read it. Personal connection attracts fans and fans bring potential readers.

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    • Thanks for sharing – I know there are so many of us in the same situation. I am not as brave as you, as I like the anonymity the web affords. The thought of getting out and up and standing by my product is frightening. I agree that Marketing is stressful and frustrating – but to me attending book signing and fests would turn the volume up to max! Chicken – ain’t I? It’s not that I don’t like people – although my natural inclination is toward introversion – it’s the deep insecurity about whether my product is good enough that gnaws at me. However, I am going to grab my man bits and give it a go. So thank you for inspiring me to do so.

      I’ll even start start now: Hi name is Roly, (he flashes his smile), what’s yours? (his blue eyes meeting hers) – do you wanna buy a book?

      Ok – my sales pitch might need a bit of work and less cheese.

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