In the past few months, I’ve spent most of my time in the now. I have a few goals that I’m moving toward, and each day I am giving my all to reach it.
And it feels really great to be pushing forward and taking pride in what I’m doing.
I don’t feel the pressure to “be on” that always dogged me online. I feel like I can finally relax and be me.
Then I realized I created constraints like I must be on Twitter x number of hours or I must post a blog twice a month or I have to be on Facebook every day.
I think pulling back was the best thing I could do because it made me realize how much happier I am offline. I love having private thoughts and not sharing them.
At my heart, I am an introvert. I don’t crave attention or interaction. I honestly prefer being anonymous and living my life below the radar. I also have just so much time to split between rebuilding my career in finance and writing.
At the same time, I recognize that as an author I want to give my readers access to me. I love every reader email I receive. It’s awesome to hear the affect my book had on a reader. Truly, I treasure that.
I’ve tried to come up with a balance. I will be focusing my energies on my newsletter and will send it out every two months. That’s where you will find free, unpublished short stories by me, giveaways, book updates, and insider info. I also want to keep the blog going, so I will alternate a newsletter mailing with a blog update month by month.
As for Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads, I’m not planning to be there much. So it may take a while to hear back from me on those platforms. I hope you can understand that this will help me focus more on my stories and will be better for both of us in the long run.
Have you changed your online presence? How did it work out for you?