Sorry guys & gals, I’ve been neglecting my social outlets for a bit. No original blog posts for a couple of weeks (with the exception of a busy Gabriel: Zero Point contest period), very little of the Twittah in the past week or so, and maybe most disappointing, no new writing in the past month-plus.
Why? Ever-increasing workload and projects at the day job mean I’m putting more and more of my daily creative efforts there instead of here. Is that a bad thing? Absolutely not. Day job = food on the table (and since it’s my company, my efforts directly impact the food on several other tables as well). But it’s also been stressful to the point of when my day finally ends at 9PM*, all I want to do is flip up the footrest on the couch and watch two hours of mindless television (and now that Justified is over for the season, it’s all mindless).
* But Steve, you say, work days end at 5PM. Ho ho, I say! Not for the self-employed. Trust me.
I don’t see an end in sight for the day job workload. Projects are expanding, marketing needs to be worked on heavily, partnerships are growing, and competition is more and more challenging. I know for a fact the heady days of sending 80-100 tweets per day, having Twitter conversations back and forth, hashtag chats, and so on are long gone – they have been for months, since I believe (and it’s been hinted at) it’s just noise that causes others to ignore any true messages I want to send out. But I’m always here and there – except on Facebook.
Yep, I’ve officially (with two small exceptions) thrown in the towel on Facebook. The never-ending stream of memes, inspirational posters shared and reshared, the inane comments, the look-at-me status updates, did nothing but drive me up a wall. My last original wall post was in February, I’ve left all groups, and I haven’t looked at my “feed” in weeks. I considered just unfriending everyone I didn’t truly know, but I didn’t feel like going through the effort. Except for occasional posts on my Author Page and maintaining my company’s page, I’m out – so don’t look for me there, don’t add me to groups, don’t send me a Facebook email/message or post on my wall expecting an answer. I don’t mean to be rude, I’m just not listening on that channel anymore. I’m here, I’m on Twitter, and I do use Google+ from time to time (seems to be a more professional crowd – might just be my anti-Facebook leaking through, but I see far fewer kittehs there).
My anti-Facebook sentiment did leak through to something constructive. I wrote a short story (to cleanse my palate of the Gabriel series, and do a little first person POV writing, before moving on to the next work) about a possible dark side to Facebook’s organ donation program. And hey, it’s free – free as in beer. Opt-Out is available on Smashwords for free, or Kindle for $.99.
Talk to you soon. No really, I will.