Oh, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube — where would we be without you? These social media sites are a great way to get away from the real world for a little bit, find out what’s going on in the world, and — well — find a little bit of entertainment.
If you’re a blogger, social media sites are also a fantastic way to promote your blog. It is highly advantageous to post new articles to your blog through your Twitter and Facebook profiles, for example. Doing so is a great way to attract more attention and increase your readership.
However, while social media is a great tool for blogging and it’s a great way to take a break from work, many bloggers are letting social media suck up too much of their time. The truth is this: There is a time and a place for social media, and it certainly is not when you are working.
Why No Social Media While Working?
You work from the comfort of your own home as a blogger. You are in the midst of writing your daily blog posts, yet you want to give your mind a break for a little bit. So you open up a new window on your computer and you check your Facebook page or start looking on Pinterest for ideas for your daughter’s upcoming party. The next thing you know, what was supposed to be a two-minute break has turned into a 20-minute social media fest.
While you may have found out which of your friends recently got engaged or some really great decoration ideas for your daughter’s princess party, you have slowed down your productivity. When you click back onto your blog, you have lost your train of thought, and you have to get motivated to start writing again.
While you were taking that little social media break, you could have written a blog post — or promoted it on your social media profiles!
What to Do Instead?
Everyone needs a break from work throughout the day — even bloggers. If you didn’t stop for a break here and there, your brain could very easily turn into a pile of mush. However, instead of getting sucked into the allure of social media and zapping your time, take a more constructive break. Go for a walk. Get a cup of coffee. Stretch and do a little exercise.
On your break, take a break from the computer. You will come back to blogging feeling refreshed and energized, not demotivated because you didn’t actually move from the computer, you just looked at a different screen.
Social media can be a Godsend for bloggers, but it can also be a blogger’s worst enemy. Don’t let social media kill your blog.
This post was written by Bridget Galbreath writes on a wide range of topics. She specializes in online marketing, blogging, and online reputation management.
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