Having OCD certainly helped me graduate with honors in my graduate program at UHCL. When the majority of my work consisted of writing papers, which sometimes became mini-books, and doing tons of research, I’d say it should be a requirement to have OCD to survive graduate school…for sure! However, all this social media has just driven someone like me, with OCD, to a track of madness! Honestly, I can’t keep up with it all and I don’t really want to. I do have a life outside the computer screen and I do want to enjoy the small, sweet moments of life with my family. Having a son, who will be graduating from high school next year, certainly puts life into perspective because it all goes by way too fast!!
So, I’ve compartmentalized social media within my life. It’s a small piece of my life, and I like it that way. However,within that small area, there is a lot going on. I started this blog by a series of events that happened in my life. It all started with me staying home with my little girl and not working. To keep my brain busy, I took up reading and when that wasn’t enough, I joined a book club. Well, because somehow I carry a sign above my head that reads, “PICK ME!”, I somehow took over the reigns of the book club and became the organizer for it. During that time, I would look at book blogger sites to get ideas on which books to suggest for a book club pick. Then, I decided, “well, why don’t I just start a blog, too?”. I figured it would be a great way to write about my thoughts on books I’d read (that were not book club picks), meet authors and other book bloggers who love the literary world, and recommend books (as I am often asked what I suggest).
I found this whole new world out in cyberspace!! Book bloggers, moms with similar interests, authors who wanted to be connected with readers, and so much more! But, I found that I was so overwhelmed with how to keep up with it all. There was Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and recently Pinterest and Tumbler…among many others I’m sure! I like to keep my life very private, but I also want to be a part of the blogging world and found that I shared different parts of my life with them, too. So, it’s been great having different forms of social media to help manage my hobby, joy, and loves of family, reading, and friends.
With different forms of media, it has become quite easy to keep things separated. I don’t like inundating my friends with all my book reviews, giveaways, and other “bloggy” items. I also made a pact with my sons that I would respect their wishes and not blast pictures of them all over the internet, especially on Facebook with my friends and family. I also like that I don’t bog down those who read my blog with too many personal things going on in my life that are trivial and something only a close friend could appreciate. I mean, who wants to see countless pictures of my daughter finding little garden critters??? LOL! After all, people read book blogs and subscribe to them to read about books, find out about soon to be released books, find out a little more about authors, and win a book occasionally.
With Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Library Thing, and now Pinterest, it can be difficult for me to keep everything separate. So, there are times I share family stories on Twitter, political/social topics I find interesting, and all my celebrity tv I love to watch! Goodreads and Library Things has my complete book list, and reviews are posted, too. I love Pinterest because I can merge both my personal and blogging hobby all in one place. I love all the different boards I have been making and my friends and blog followers can choose which boards to follow, by their choice, and not be inundated with non-important items. So, Pinterest is my favorite by far!!
Whew, I get tired just writing about all the different forms of social media!! So, if you enjoy my blog, but want to know a little more about the happenings outside of books, feel free to follow me on Twitter or Pinterest. I also have a Facebook page that I use solely for listing my blog posts and free books available at Barnes and Noble. So, if that interests you, be sure and follow me there, too!
And, these are the ones I currently use!! I used to be on Instagram and felt it was redundant. I also have no desire to be on Tumbler. However, I also never thought I’d be on Twitter, Facebook, and certainly not on Pinterest. So, never say never!!
Confused yet??? Well basically, I use my book blog for just book stuff. I use Twitter for social/political/celebrity, mixed in with book posts and updates on giveaways. I use Facebook for listing free books available on Nook, in addition to updates on my blog. Finally, I use Pinterest to list books I recommend, book quotes, movies I love, and other non-book topics.
If you’re a book blogger, I sure would love to know how you’ve used social media to help your life. If you aren’t a blogger, but use these forms of social media, I’d love to know how it’s helped and /or complicated your life!! I find that I am still learning all this, so any suggestions and ideas you have, I’d love to hear!
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