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Do You Need a #SocialMedia Detox? #writing

In a conversation today, I realized that my social media life is 6 years old.

Before that, I didn’t possess a smartphone, didn’t have Facebook, or Twitter. I see its good points– it has put me in touch with some fantastic people, my reading list comes curated by the reading, writing, publishing and life experts I’ve followed and friend-ed.

But no matter how much it gives me, it also takes away– I’ve become less focused these days. In my writing, but also, deplorably, in my reading. My attention span has reduced, and I find myself wanting to multi-task. What role does social media play in your life? What social media are you part of? What needs does it fulfill? Do you primary interact with your friends online or offline? Do you think you need a social media detox?

Are We #Following Each Other? #socialmedia

Hope to discuss all things Reading, Writing, Travel, and maybe a bit of Social awareness / Culture/ Philosophy. in the spirit of connections, maybe all of us who comment and chat at this space could connect on other social media as well. Some of you I already chat with on Twitter and Facebook, but others, not so much. A lot of us are on G+ too, and on Goodreads.

Hoping to follow all of you on your social media profiles, so please leave yours in the comments.

What’s Your Story? #socialmedia

I am given to Facebook updates and blog posts about the small things in life. Now I’ve begun to wonder whether that’s affecting my storytelling. Maybe I’m not building up enough steam over the years, by letting it out in small streams through my social media updates.

What’s your take on this? How much of your inner life/ rants/ life news do you share on Facebook and other social media? If you’re a writer, do this think sharing life experiences on social media detracts from an author’s ability to tell a story?

Who do you #Follow ? Who follows You?

Fifteen years ago, the question “Who do you Follow?” would have seemed strange, slightly vague. A crazy reader like me would have said, Toni Morrison, I try to read all her books, or Alice Munro, or Garcia Marquez. And the list would have gone on. A religious person would have said, I follow Jesus, or Allah or Buddha…who else is worth following? And then came Social Media.

Do you participate in Social Media? Do you have a Social Media Strategy? Do you hawk stuff you’d like to sell on Social Media? Do you buy a book you read about on tweets? Who do you follow? Who follows you?