During the 2013 Blogging from A to Z Challenge I’m posting what I like to describe as “semi-useful” procrastination strategies for writers and others who may need a little break from the task at hand from time to time.
I was going to bring this up yesterday, under “S” where it properly belongs, but I must have been distracted by the lure of Stickman or something. Still, I can’t let 26 days of blogging about procrastination pass without at least a mention of Twitter and its posse of social media pals. (See how neatly I’ve turned “social media” into a “T” post? Impressed? Think I’m a big fat cheat? No matter. It has to be done.)
Out of all the links I’ve posted and will be posting, there’s no doubt that the biggest temptations and time sucks are social media. My personal downfalls are Twitter and Pinterest, with occasional forays into Facebook. I’m not a heavy user of any social media site, but that’s because I’m very strict with myself, and, if I’m being honest, I suffer from periodic bouts of interwebby muteness when I can’t think of a single original, amusing or interesting thing to say, and so I escape into silence for a week or four, hoping I’ll still have a few friends and followers when I return. So far, so good. It was through Twitter that I started connecting with other writers, through flash fiction challenges, following writing links and basically just saying “hey.” In my experience, writers are some of the friendliest, most welcoming and most inclusive people in the Twittosphere, and I’m grateful every day to have found them.
It was also through Twitter that I solidified my friendship with the warm and wonderful (and massively talented) @jtvancouver, which is amusing since we were working for the same organization in adjacent offices at the time. She delivers awesome tweet, and even more awesome friendship, and if you’re not following her already, you might want to rectify that forthwith.
In the mood for something completely silly? It doesn’t get much sillier than Take Me to Another Useless Website. Really. This is the zenith of silly. Or perhaps, more accurately, the nadir. You just load the webpage, click please and it will take you to–yep, you guessed it–a completely useless website. Rinse and repeat. One supremely silly website after another until your eyes glaze over in bogglement at the sheer volume of silliness available at your fingertips.
By now your screen’s probably looking a bit mucky from all that hard work, so maybe you should duck on over to TheSlurps.com to have it cleaned. (I know, I know, it’s a blatant ad and I shouldn’t reward them, but how could I not? It’s so adorable!)
So, how about you? What’s your social media booby trap? Or are you one of those admirable people who can ignore the siren song of tweets and likes and pins? In which case, please–PLEASE–do the rest of us a favour and share your secret in the comments.