Is Social Media the New Reader, Or Is It Just Laziness?

Don’t get me wrong, I love blogging and love my blogging friends. But I’m frustrated. When I’m busy, I spend my time on quickie social media and not my blog. I take a quick picture when I’m walking or driving, post it on Instagram, and maybe write a caption – BAM gone to all my social media accounts including WP. I don’t bother with my brand, floating like a misshapen cloud above the mountains, or edit, edit and re-edit only to find another error after I’ve posted!

Lazy blogging?
Lazy blogging?

Done.  It takes two hours for me – at a minimum –  to create a blog post – this small – that’s hard! (Granted I’m slow!)

I wish WP had a better way to share blogs, and here’s why.

Cat LoveIn Facebook I browse through the comments, pictures and memes sharing likes or a quick comment.  My wall is as cluttered as my work table, but I love it. If I want to find what you posted yesterday so I can copy it to my blog, I type your name in the search box, and bingo – your wall appears. I scroll through your stuff, take what I want, get to know you a little better, and I’m out.  I’ve joined some groups, become friends with some, and those comments show on my home page. I don’t have to click to find them. For those of us with slow internet, every click means wait, wait, wait.

Max Brooks will speak at the CCSS Conference on March 6th.
Max Brooks will speak at the CCSS Conference on March 6th.

Twitter is Facebook on speed. I meet colleagues, new contacts, and post news. It’s not impolite to follow others first. Many people follow me that I don’t know. I check them out briefly, and speed read through news. I don’t engage much more than a star unless its Rosy, Al or Ann, my blogging friends, or I’m working my California Council for the Social Studies accounts.

Author of Historical Thinking who changed the way we think about teaching history.
Author of Historical Thinking who changed the way we think about teaching history. He’s speaking at the CCSS Conference on March 6th, too.

On LinkedIn people have common professional interests. I like to endorse people I know, just to let them know I still think about them even when I don’t see them. I also post news. Like FB, it doesn’t take much time to browse. If I see something I want to read, I stop and read it.

I share what's in my inner storage shed.
I share what’s in my inner storage shed, but Photoshop out some details.

Blogging, however, is where I get to know people well. We are friends even when we’ve never met. But commenting on blogs is more difficult because I have to click on each blog, and sometimes they don’t load or take my comment. If it takes too long I don’t get it done.

Everyone looks better at the beach!  :)
More time to lay around.

So it is laziness, or do we need all types of social media? So please join me on FB if you consider me a friend @ TC History Gal Productions, or one of the other social media.

Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, author, blogger and retired teacher/consultant. Read more about me here. http://wp.me/P7tP3I-2

25 thoughts on “Is Social Media the New Reader, Or Is It Just Laziness?”

    1. Me either, MFR, but I am swamped right now. You know the conference coming up March 6-8, our Kiwanis Magazine coming out Feb. 19, and writing my novel. It’s coming along nicely, I think, but I’m going to slow that down a bit, too. So much to do! 🙂 Lots of love. xox

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        1. I have pulled back. I emailed my editor and told her I’m going to stop for a while and reprocess. The stuff I’m sending her right now is just OK. I’ve learned a lot, but … I’m not that great, and it’s not just the writing, I don’t think. It takes clear thinking and knowing where you’re going with your characters. They keep morphing on me, names, characteristics, events, thoughts. They are so fluid I can’t write straight. 🙂 Writing is sooooo hard MFR. 😦

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  1. Marsha, I don’t know how long it has been there, but WordPress has a little icon in the top right toolbar (beside my picture) – even while I’m here on your blog – and when it is orange it tells me if there has been a new like or message on my blog AND I can respond from here! A drop down panel, a third of the size of the screen, lets me like or comment or take me to the blog post. These are for all responses to my activity be it on my blog or another. I discovered this only last week. 😀

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    1. But of course you are talking about cold calls from the Reader? Two clicks to get anywhere.

      I’ve made sure my blog theme allows a ‘like’ without having to go to another page first, and that the comments link is at the bottom instead of having to scroll back up to the top. More user friendly.

      I’m not going to do all that social media hooha. I have enough trouble keeping up with WP which auto pulishes to my unmanned facebook page and a barely remembered google+. Anything else will take too much time away from what I should be doing – writing! 😀

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      1. I agree. I’ve been in the middle of rewriting – major rewriting of my novel, so that takes time. Then there’s life writing like our Kiwanis Magazine that is going to press on Feb. 19! Yikes! 🙂 Thanks so much for the comment. You are awesome! 🙂

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    2. Yes, I’m using that now. I do love that. It used to be that you clicked on that, and when you wrote, if your comment got too long, it disappeared. So you had to click outside your blog. This is MUCH better! It doesn’t help me read blogs, though, does it?

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  2. I’m still a WordPress person. I do quite a bit with Facebook groups, too. But I haven’t learned enough about Twitter to use it effectively. And Instagram? Pinterest? Yikes! Like Christine, I use the upper right corner icon to reply to everyone. I’m a luddite. I know.

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  3. Thought-provoking post, Marsha. I blogged on this topic myself last week.
    I think it’s a case of doing what works for you when it comes to social media. Blogging is a very different thing from Twitter etc. They serve different purposes.
    I’m not a Facebook fan, but I like Twitter. I love blogging and interacting with other bloggers like yourself as well.

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    1. I do too, I just can’t write every day, and keep up with life. I’m cutting back on my novel writing, too. I had it all done, but as I edit, I find myself adding months of stuff in the middle of the first and the last to flesh out the other two “girls” and add spice to the minor characters. I’ll come check out your post. 🙂

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  4. It’s really hard to keep up with everyone that I would like to. After all, there IS life beyond WP and FB, and happiness isn’t all about statistics. I think we all just do the best we can. If I were a lazy person, I’d just sit and watch the birds all day, every day. 🙂 Good luck with everything you have to achieve, Marsha. xx

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  5. I tend to spend most of my internet time nosing through PDFs (I ADORE Google Scholar), blathering to poor victims via e-mail, downloading podcasts and snouting about through WordPress. I don’t cope well with the other social medias. They are too much for me, I fear. I rarely even drizzle onto Facebook anymore. I definitely want to focus more on LinkedIn, though. Your LinkedIn is an inspiration to me. I want to update it, fill it out, and start interacting, as well. I am at a stagnant point, however, as I still have not come up with a suitable brand, yet.

    Excellent post with much to think about as always. Visits here are an absolute treat for me. Cheers!

    smiling toad

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  6. I’m not a big Twitter or LinkedIn user. I hope to change that but there are only so many hours in a day, and I’m pretty sure my blog makes more money for me than Twitter or LinkedIn ever will, and money is important……………LOL

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    1. My blog hasn’t made me anything but good friends, and that’s worth way more than money at this stage in life. If I hadn’t donated the proceeds of my book to the Woodlake Foundation, I could credit my blog with making me some money, but I’ll have to wait until the next publisher contacts me! 🙂 Meanwhile I jump back into the nonprofit world. 🙂

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