—Confusion. What social media should I use, and how often should I use it?
–Panic. Am I doing enough to promote my writing? Should I be doing more? Is what I am doing effective?
–Anger. I didn’t sign up for this. I signed up to write.
–Despair. This is too much. I give up. I can’t keep up with this promotion stuff and still keep writing.
Do you recognize yourself in any of the above? If so, take heart. You are not alone. More and more writers are coming down with Social Media Overwhelm, but more and more writers are discovering the cure. Here it is in a nutshell:
–Develop your own personal plan for promoting your writing, a plan based on your personal needs. Include only those social media venues with which you feel comfortable.
–Do not allow yourself to feel guilty if you do not use all social media venues. As the saying goes, different strokes for different folks.
–Back off from one or more social media venues when you begin feeling overwhelmed again. Remember, you are in control of your writing life. So take charge of it before it takes charge of you.
Bottom-line, remember this wonderful, peace-engendering truth found in Psalm 75:6-7: Promotion comes from God not man. So don’t stress out over the use of social media. Just do your best, and let God do the rest.
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