As writers, we are constantly told that writing is not enough. We have to market ourselves. To be interactive. To be visible. To be available. Online.
I agree an online presence matters. But there has to be a balance between our online life and our offline life.
Something I clearly lacked in the spring when I was on my laptop or Ipad 12-15 hours a day.
Last week, I went shopping with my girl friend, Linds. Something I used to do all the time in college and grad school. Something I’d nixed for a while as non-essential and a detractor from my writing life.
But the fun of trying on dresses and giving each other instant-in-person opinions. Of darting between our dressing rooms. I missed this. The laughing and giggling over bad fits and the boost of real compliments when something flattered our figures.
We talked through our doors about how we were both annoyed that the dress we were trying on was impossible to zip up alone. We both liked the fit though. When we opened the door and saw each other, we doubled over laughing. She had on the green version and I had on the blue version of the very same dress!
I missed spending time with someone because I enjoyed being with them.
I adore my online friends and I want to keep up all our relationships, but I want to make time for offline life and friends I’ve known for decades.
My new goal is to make the most of my moments in each realm.