When I was a kid, my mom used to use the phrase, "oh, I'm just thinking out loud." It commutated the message that she was contemplating an idea and verbalizing it as she went.
These days, people don't think out loud, they post out loud on social media. Maybe it's another tired mom rambling in a few characters on Twitter, or the Facebook posts and "check-ins" mixed with the pictures on Instagram, but so much of our thought life is displayed in the ocean of clutter on the internet. I absolutely do it to. I post on all of those mediums... and to be honest, I have such mixed feelings about it all. As a writer, I'm told that what I write only has value based on my fan base. Many publishers only want authors who have 50,000+ followers on social media.
To me, that feels unattainable unless I spend a small fortune in promoting posts. Since my Facebook was hjacked, I have become completely skeptical of investing in the value of it. So, without thousands of social media followers, I’m confined to smaller writing gigs and that just makes me look at social media with even more frustration.
Besides my own social media disillusionment, I wanted to stress something to you wonderful readers both quiet and engaging: your clicks have value.
Facebook page "likes" normally cost $1, sometimes less. When you see a page and "like" it, you’re adding value to that brand. Every website click adds value when I work with brands, and comments and shares are looked in with more favor.
In the endless noise of social media, I wanted to send out a reminder that were all seen and heard. Some ways are positive, and some the opposite.
is a writer & tired homeschooling mom of five.