I am no expert on social media. I have a Twitter account but have never tweeted. In fact, I don’t even remember what my Twitter account password is.
I check Facebook every day, but rarely post anything. I’m mostly a lurker. I check to see what my friends are doing or watch the latest cat video or search for comfort food recipes.
When I found out my first book was going to be published a few years ago, I was completely enthusiastic about social media. I was planning to tweet something witty and engaging every day, possibly multiple times. I was going to build a solid following, where people would retweet my musings in a steady stream. I joined Pinterest with the idea of posting photos somehow connected to my book. People would be so enchanted by the pictures that they’d read my profile and find out all about my mysteries.
Facebook was going to be my best friend. I’d line up thousands of followers. People would constantly share my posts. Friends of friends of friends would find out about my book. Word would spread, and before I knew it, I’d be as famous as James Patterson.
Then I started to actually use social media, and reality struck. In order to tweet, you need to think up something to tweet about. Same goes for posting on Facebook. I don’t do well with endless possibilities. I need structure and limitations. If we didn’t have suggested blog topics for the LadyKillers, I doubt I would ever blog again. It’s been over two years since I blogged on my own web site, strictly because I can’t think up a topic.
I’ve tried. Lord, how I’ve tried. But when I finally settle on a topic or a post, I wonder if it’s worthy. Will people find it interesting? Or will people roll their eyes at the pointlessness of it all? I see a lot on Facebook that doesn’t interest me. I’ve learned to scroll past postings at a rapid fire pace. But who’s to say other people aren’t interested in those particular posts? They might be fascinated by a topic that won’t even cause me to slow down in my scrolling.
It’s that uncertainty that causes me to shy away. But instead of refusing to post on social media sites, I need to force myself to do it. I imagine it’s like anything else. If I do it enough, it will become a habit. And who knows, I might actually learn to like it.