Sunday, January 29, 2012

BLOGGING BREAK and SOCIAL MEDIA BURNOUT

For the last several months, my posting has decreased significantly. It's not that I'm too busy to write reviews or that I'm not reading. I guess I don't enjoy it anymore. I'm not deleting my blog because this may be a temporary break and I may feel differently in a couple of months. I still plan on keeping my books read page up to date but I will probably just write short reviews on Library Thing. I can always post those to twitter, so really no loss for anyone interested in what I'm reading. sI sill try to read others posts but no promises.

I think part of the blogging issue is that I am having social media burnout. I use to love twitter. I would have conversations with people about books and other stuff. But now my twitter stream seems to be an endless stream of Get glue, tumblr, pinterest, facebook, goodreads. People will write a review, link it to all these other sites and then feed that to twitter. So I will see several tweets about the same review. Or someone tweets something, links to tumblr or goodreads, which when you click on the link says the same thing that was just tweeted. I don't care what people are watching with 1000 other people on get Glue. I don't care about who has Klout for what. I have 400+ followers but rarely does anyone respond to something I say. Why the hell are they following me? Because they want me to follow back and then buy what they are selling. I'm not deleting my twitter account because again, I may not always feel this way, plus, amongst all the crap I do find some good book recommendations. I'll peruse but likely not interact much. Now there seems to be a lot of talk of pregnancy and while I'm happy for those people, a daily play by play of their pregnancy issues, makes me want to kill myself. I haven't started Downton Abbey yet, so I have to avoid those spoilers.
So what I once loved now just mostly annoys me. So I'll keep my distance until either I lose the grumpies or people get bored with all those annoying sites.
Bye for now!

21 comments:

Jenny said...

I feel the same fairly often! I took some unintended breaks last year and it was good in the long run!

Alexia561 said...

Been there, so I feel your pain! I hardly ever go on Twitter anymore because hardly anyone responded to my tweets. You're right that it's mostly get glue, klout, and automatic updates now. Hard to have a real conversation anymore...

I use Facebook more, as I do get responses there. Trying out google+, but not really sure how it works yet.

Good luck with your break, and hope it cures your blogger blues! :)

Karen Greenberg said...

I completely understand- I've been there myself. I'm glad to hear you are not closing down shop but just taking a break. I think we all need that once in awhile.

unfinishedperson.com said...

I do some autoposting. I won't lie. However, I prefer the personal interaction on Twitter to all that other junk. I ditched Klout, not on Tumblr, killed GetGlue (agree, I don't care what you're watching), not watching Downton Abbey but would like to, and I don't have children so don't always care about hearing about others having them. I'm glad mothers have a place to talk, but talk about something once in a while too. :) Please...anyway, all this to say, I empathize, but when you want to talk, really talk, discuss life, books, not just movies or TV (although I'll discuss them too), I'll be there and here.

Kaye said...

Glad you're not shutting down the blog altogether. I think most bloggers get a burnout feeling at times. Twitter never appealed to me and so I didn't bother with it. Now all I see is Pinterest - have no interest in learning all that either. Lots of things annoy me but I always chalk it up to my senior citizen status.

Take care. Pop in every now and then and say hi.

Aarti said...

Oh, I know what you mean! I think Twitter has gotten overwhelming for me, too. Really, every time I log in there, I have about fifteen authors who want to follow me, even though I never even go on Twitter (though I admit my GoodReads updates directly go to Twitter). I just don't think it's fun any more, and I actually am very against using Facebook for my blog, so I just don't do much social media with it at all!

I am glad you're not shutting down, and even if you decide you don't want to keep blogging, I think you're still a pretty important part of the community!

Jenners said...

I always need a few blogging breaks every year. And I don't do Twitter or some of the other sites because I just can't keep up with it and it is too much to wade through. Enjoy your break and I hope you come back!

heidenkind said...

I understand--I tend to distance myself from twitter and commenting, etc., at least a few times a year. It's great, but it can also be very cray-cray. And spoilers on twitter are nearly impossible to avoid. :(

Kristen M. said...

I hope that you get your blogging/social mojo back eventually. I'm just coming back from a lull and it's actually invigorating. It also helps to pare down my Reader sites and the Twitter accounts that I'm following. When someone gets too caught up in drama or is doing too many of those auto-posts from GR or whatever, they're out! Problem solved. :)
Hoping to see you back here soon!

Lisa said...

Sorry to hear you've gotten so burned out. I am finding much the same thing with Twitter. It's gotten so that I can hardly find the tweets I'd like to read and respond to. I think I'm going to move perhaps a dozen people to come to my phone so that I only really have to read those if I want. Take a break, do other things you enjoy, and we'll be here when (hopefully) you come back!

Ryan said...

I think I log into twitter once or twice a month to check and see if anyone said anything to me. Other than that I avoid it. I don't know who the vast majority of those following me are and trying to hold a conversation on there is rather hard.

I will admit to being a social media junkie lately (GetGlue, Pinterest) but knowing how fickle I am, I'm sure I'll lose interst quickly. Already I'm not using GetGlue a ton other than to get stickers.

Right now I'm having to force myself to write reviews though, I read 15 books in January and only got 8 reviews written so far. I thought I would throw in the towel, but I'm still having fun with it overall.

I do think that at times, social media can get a bit overwhelming. I think I'm almost to that point and will be losing some of it all together like twitter and getglue. I'm just sad that I've pretty much given up on B&N.

Hopefully after this hiatus you will be back. Until then relax and enjoy yourself.

A Buckeye Girl Reads said...

I think everyone has social media burnout every now and then. I use it to keep me sane at work. Hope that you come back soon. :)

Lu @ Regular Rumination said...

I totally understand how you feel! I hope you will come back, especially to blogging, but I definitely understand needing a break. One thing I've done lately is just gone through my Twitter feed and getting rid of people I never talk to and don't find interesting. I also never follow back automatically. If someone starts frustrating me, and I don't really have a relationship with them anyway, I just unfollow them. And I don't feel bad about it!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

It is hard to juggle it all... I look at when I first started blogging and how I used to comment on every person who lined to the Monday meme... every person and that was over 100 comments - in a morning! Now I am lucky if I get through 20 of them!

Ryan said...

Just wanted to say hi really quick

Nguyen Quang said...

nice blog

Deb said...

Well, what can I say? I have taken a significant break myself. My friend's death on top of being overloaded with stress pushed me out for a while. I am just now getting back on the blog but I am changing the way I am doing it.
I am taking fewer new pieces to review and going through my TBR and reading books that I have been wanting to read and reviewing them. I also have decided to stop participating in memes because you will increase followers but they are not necessarily reading your blog. I am going to stop worrying about if anyone is reading my blog and get back to why I wanted to do this in the first place-to start a conversation about the books I am reading and the joy of reading.
I hope you come back soon and I promise I will be better about participating with you.

Marie said...

I totally understand your issues. It all gets to be a bit much sometimes! But we'll be here when and if you decide to come back- and I hope you do!

Cozy in Texas said...

I think many of us are in the same boat. Facebook drives me crazy and I rarely post to there. I tend to review books that I've read that are rarely new releases so don't have the same reviews as many others on my blog and don't put it on Library Thing or Goodreads or anywhere else. I'd have no time to sleep if I got caught up with everything.
Ann

Becca Lostinbooks said...

I know what you mean about Twitter. People only use it as a constant stream of links back to their blog. I avoid following those people. There is an author (who will go nameless) who only posts links back to reviews of her books and RTs. My thought is if she has nothing original to say on Twitter, than how did she ever write a book?

FB has gotten bad as well. I don't see as much of people's personal thoughts as I use to. I don't need people's personal play-by-play's of their weddings, pregnancies and children (I only care when I really like someone and already have a relationship with them). I would rather see thoughts on issues or have conversations and discussions.

That's one of the reasons I started the discussion community on Google + and don't let people just keep posting links there. We need to get talking!

Edith said...

I don't have a twitter account, but on facebook it isn't that much better... I somehow stopped writing anything meaningful there a while ago because nobody would even react to my news. I reckon that my occasional status updates just went under in the stream of oh-so-important-news like that a fly is walking over a computer screen in Australia. Well, since I've never been a big fan of fb, it doesn't really matter.
Besides, I started my blog and invite everyone who likes my contents to follow - I don't need the others and I don't simply follow back. I follow only blogs that interest me.

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