Well, did you?
I took two weeks off from social media – Facebook, Twitter and even this blog – if for no other reason than to save my sanity. The first couple of days of my self-imposed exile were kind of tough. That desire to get online and hit social media was a bit of an eye-opener for me. I hadn’t realized how much time and energy I had devoted to social media until I stopped logging on.
After a few days I came to another realization: I can actually do without social media. I got a whole lot more done during these past two weeks than I normally do. And my general attitude toward the human race in general improved as well.
Social media – especially Facebook and Twitter – are nothing more than toxic cesspools. To be honest, there was a point about a week ago where I was considering making my exile permanent. I had a third party posting news and promotion ads for me during my absence. I could have easily made that position permanent.
I’m sure my knockdown drag-outs were entertaining. But they weren’t very productive.
But the simple truth is that social media is a necessary tool for a writer, especially an independently published one. Permanently checking out of social media isn’t going to work, as attractive as staying out of that swamp may be.
So, here’s how it’s going to work going forward. Starting now, I’ll resume posting on Facebook and Twitter. However, the block button is going to have a very quick trigger finger resting on it. I’ve already weeded out a lot of toxic individuals and left a few groups that seem to be more into politics than suits my purposes.
I’ll resume blogging here as well. If I feel the need to pontificate, I’ll do it here. Comments have to be approved before being posted on the blog, so the possibility of another series of incidents that led to my timeout are reduced.
And, in the meantime, I’ll continue working on my scheduled writing. Recently, the first book of the Timeless series was released. I’m writing the second book, Secret Of The Sphynx, and editing Planetary: Pluto for Superversive Press.
My next full-length novel, Firstborn’s Curse, should be coming out sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The remaining four books of the Timeless series will roll out every other month.
As far as next year I have three projects I am focusing on. The novelization of Seadragon, the 1986 comic book series I was a lead writer for, a possible launch of a graphic novel project on Indiegogo and a novel for Superversive Press.
Sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it? It is. And the less time I spend arguing with anonymous trolls online the more likely it is that I will get them done on time.
And really, which would you prefer to read: Me arguing with idiots or one of my amazing stories? Like this one: