Onward And Google

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I’ve made an amazing discovery. Coming back this time after a big internet break, I looked at everything that was “waiting” for me to catch up with, and my heart sank to my feet. Even if I stayed up twenty four hours for a couple of days there was no way I could look at everything that had come in, and I didn’t have a hope of doing everything that had been asked of me. Looking at the little pile of things that I really want to do for myself, and have been putting off in favour of these manic internet catch-ups, it occurred to me that I was missing the point entirely. By taking on too much I wasn’t doing anyone any favours, least of all myself. So I made a very large decision. Something big had to go. I’ll never give up my lovely Twitter, and most certainly not my blog addiction, so it was cut back pretty much all the way either on Facebook or Google+. With Google surging ahead in popularity, and having all the pros with its search engine, new communities and hangouts, Facebook lost the toss up fairly quickly. I nervously set about reversing from the many things I’ve been active with on that site, expecting anger or irritation because I was “letting people down”. Across the board, all I got was not only support and kindness, but also total agreement. Facebook is not working out as the best platform for indie writers to sell books.

We’re all zooming around sharing our work with each other there. We have formed amazing friendships and bonds with other writers. We’ve supported each other, cheered each other on, and read each others books, which is lovely, and we’ll hopefully stay friends forever. But if this particular form of marketing is selling thousands of books for some I haven’t seen it. What I have experienced myself is a manic feeling that I “must” join everything, post everywhere, and do everything on Facebook, and somewhere along the way I stopped chatting to friends on my wall, catching up on their news, and seeing the pictures and photos that mark their journeys. I missed this. In fact there are always so many notifications to deal with that I haven’t cruised down my newsfeed for months. Even so I still wasn’t able to keep up, and I kept finding posts on my pages or elsewhere from friends put there weeks ago that I missed, and I cringed at the thought of how thoughtless and rude I must appear. Not being answered can be very hurtful, and I certainly wouldn’t want to hurt my friends. So now the deed is done, and I’m exploring different ways of uniting my stories with readers who want to read them. I believe there are better ways than only posting links to books on purely social sites, and that’s what I’ll be working on for the next few days. My first day without hundreds of Facebook notifications to attend to has been fantastic so far, and I do believe that I’ll be much more productive in general from now on, never fail to notice another comment from a friend again, and in the end, do more of what I set out to do in the first place. Write books.

I think that my point would be that quantity can never beat quality. Do fewer things for fewer people, but do them well. Spreading yourself too thin isn’t only bad for you, but for all those around you too. Running yourself ragged is not the way to go at all. It’s also good for you and those around you to also do what you want to do. I’m not saying that you should only ever do what you want to do. We all have to do things that we don’t really want to. That’s what life’s all about. But there is not much point to a life lived purely doing what others want, or what you think others want. I certainly got that wrong. Nobody expects too much of you at all, and most people are a lot nicer than we give them credit for. They mostly wish only the best for you too. Well. There are maybe one or two pucker nasty people, but not many, and certainly not one of those beauties are worth wasting any seconds on. In celebration of this new found freedom, I’m off to read Guy Kawasaki’s, What The Plus!, and have pea soup with a poached egg floater for breakfast. Why not?

Come and join us at my favourite Google+ community, and the place where I’ll be hanging out the most. Everyone’s welcome. We’re a friendly bunch.

https://plus.google.com/communities/115573021758683598908

Till next time friends. xxx

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17 thoughts on “Onward And Google

    awriterweavesatale said:
    March 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I agree, google + has it over facebook.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 8, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      It also has a really relaxed vibe that I like a lot. And lots of help is always given the second you ask. I love it.

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    adelesymonds said:
    March 8, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Hi Jo, I totally understand where you are coming from as I too struggle with over-committing myself to others but I will miss your positive and encouraging comments in the fb groups we used to share membership of. Do what is right for you hun, you are the only one who has to live with the decisions you make. Luvs Ya always.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 8, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      I’m not closing anything down totally, so I’ll still be around for chats Adele – just not zooming around madly like the energiser bunny. Probably better chats now that I’ve cut back so much. 😀 xx

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    angus48 said:
    March 8, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Reblogged this on Angus48's Blog and commented:
    A mirror of my thoughts of late. I will be a lemming for this move and happy of it, thanks Jo.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 9, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Hard, but necessary Angus. Google really is cool though – lovely place – lovely people. 🙂 x

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    LucyPireel said:
    March 8, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Finally came around to leaving a reply! 🙂 I so do know what you mean. Aaargh! How very sensible of you to just make this decision and go onwards on G+ where we have a great group. I wish I could be like you. xoxo

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 9, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      It hasn’t been easy Lucy dear – it’s hard to cut ties formed so long ago, but doing everything halfway can’t be as good as doing some things all the way – I think – I hope. 😀 x

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        LucyPireel said:
        March 9, 2013 at 7:35 pm

        You’re right, again. 🙂 But I rather like the WMD group even if I don’t really think it helps my sales to be on there I think I’ll stay for a while longer. I do agree with you that G+ is the way forward and thus I tend to share more with our group and others on there than I do lately in FB groups. See you around on our WRMA G+ group. xoxo

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          March 11, 2013 at 8:10 am

          What’s the WMD group Lucy? Gone blank a bit now. 😀 It’s all finding the best way for ourselves I reckon. I’m still a small part of FB – it’s just not taking up eight hours a day now – better! 🙂 x

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            LucyPireel said:
            March 12, 2013 at 12:33 pm

            What, Jo! Aren’t you one of the Writers of Mass Distraction? You are one, if I ever saw one. I’ll add you if you’re not already a member. hehehe, luring you back into the evil book here. 🙂 xoxo

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              jorobinson176 responded:
              March 14, 2013 at 9:01 am

              Eeeeek! I am more the Mass Destruction kind Lucy – LOL! xxx

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                LucyPireel said:
                March 14, 2013 at 10:30 am

                But then you’ll fit perfectly with the Distractees! Wheeeheee! 🙂
                xoxo

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                  jorobinson176 responded:
                  March 16, 2013 at 1:52 pm

                  It would be very distracting – LOL!!! 😀

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