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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Social Media Burn out?

If you've followed me here for very long you've heard of CeleryTree. Curious about what's going on there? Then click to the CeleryTree blog and read, She Who Will Remain Nameless.

And while there, check out the newest post from the CeleryTree blog. Bottom line: Social media can be tiring! Writers can burn out and drop out and be left behind. CeleryTree wants to help with that!

"Our website is meant for you, the writer, to assist you in selling and promoting your books."

22 comments:

  1. Social media is indeed tiring. I'm not at work this week so I'm trying to catch and keep up. I'm not at a stage where the CeleryTree is relevant to me, but it is a great place. Thank you Karen.

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    1. Rebecca, I figure trying to catch up with blogs is like trying to catch up with a soap opera after you miss a month of it. Impossible! Just jump in and go from there! Hope you can stay abreast of CeleryTree and when you have a book to go on the shelves, we will talk!

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  2. Keeping up with it all can certainly be exhausting, and tends to suck the fun out of things at times.

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    1. E.J., Is that why you are crabby on your blog posts sometimes LOL?

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  3. There are so many social media outlets that if one tries to use them all, it can be downright exhausting. I'm having an interesting enough time with blogging and my poor excuse of Twitter-ing lol!!!

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    1. Angela, At CeleryTree, we want to help make it possible for writers to get off the merry-go-round. Because I think that most of us don't really like the constant circling around to all the social media. It takes precious time out of the actual writing of the books.

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  4. Karen, sometimes its difficult to balance everything: writing, blogging, Twitter and Facebook and other activities. I have reduced my blogging days.

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  5. It is a tricky balance. I wax and wane with my blogging, for example. Really should check out Celery Tree.

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    1. Simon and Rachna, I guess it's not just me then. I've reduced my blogging as well and have noticed others seem to be posting and commenting less. Facebook and Twitter are great ways to connect and don't take as long, maybe that's part of the reason.

      And yes, Simon, please check out CeleryTree and let me know what you think.

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  6. I do try to keep it up...decided to give it an extra effort. I have a book coming out July 2013--it seems like an eternity, but if I don't get on the ball now, I'll miss the boat!

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    1. Amy, I'm a believer in getting on board as soon as possible! It takes time to make the connections online. I value the people I've met here. It doesn't have anything to do with selling books either imho. It's about sharing and supporting and networking with other writers.

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  7. Still plugging away at my first novel. Still working a farm, helping to raise grandkids, starting a new soap business and yet I find socail media the most relaxing thing I can do each day..if I get to it.

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    1. Donna, I hear you! Social media is a fun escape. I think that writers often put too much work into it, thinking it's the only way to build a career, and then the fun goes away.

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  8. social media can be tiring and time-consuming and I for one couldn't do everything. Just keeping up with blogging and writing is about all I can do along with my hellish full-time time job.

    And I think celery tree is a great idea :)

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    1. Mshatch, I'm so glad you like the idea! A lot of people do, and with all the writer support groups and sites out there I've not yet run across one that requires purchasing books as part of membership. I think it's what sets CeleryTree apart, and yes, even turns some people off. "I don't want to have to buy 6 books a year!" Well, my feeling is that I darn well want to SELL more than 6 books a year, so what goes around comes around.

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  9. So agree- social media is a bear, but it's the direction the world is going in so its best to learn how to get along with it as best we can. Celery tree is great! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

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    1. Randi Lee, "social media is a bear, but it's the direction the world is going in so its best to learn how to get along with it as best we can." So true!! It's a matter of finding that balance that works for each individual. Best to just keep at it until one finds the formula that works for them!

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  10. I have such a terrible time keeping up with social media. Especially since, except for the blogging, I never feel entirely comfortable with it. It doesn't come naturally to me at all.

    Heading over to Celery Tree now, have a great weekend!

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    1. Julie, It's important to stick with what's comfortable, with just a few forays into something new every so often. My new thing I'm going to look at but haven't yet is Pinterest.

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  11. Social media can definitely be tiring. I try to have one social-media-free day, just to enjoy life.

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    1. Really good idea, Talli. It makes sense. We take time off from work when we're employed after all.

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  12. To respond to birthday greetings, I recently visited Facebook and found that I had not been there for a whole year. Since my birthday last year. Blogging is really the only social media I enjoy. I have told writer friends of mine about Celery Tree, but then it is up to them to check it out. I think it is a wonderful place.

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