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Social media can be so overwhelming....

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Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts about Pinterest versus blogging. It's heartening to know that people still want to read my blog...*LOL* 

Seriously though, social media has really changed the way people communicate what they like. It's so much easier to click the "Like" button on Facebook when you are on the go rather than leave a meaningful comment on a blog. I'm guilty of that too when I'm pressed for time.

The truth is, social media can be so overwhelming. It is no longer a case of "You build it and they will come."  If you want people to see your work, you've to actively promote it via all the different channels. It's called casting a wide net....and seeing what fishes get caught...*winks* I pre-schedule my posts on my blog and my Facebook Fan Page every week. Everything else is automated from my blog. And that already takes up a whole LOT of time.... without taking into consideration the time that goes into creating the projects.

I marvel at people who write long blog posts or post multiple times a day and are always "on" some social media channel. Honestly, I can't keep up. Unless I give up my other life. And sleep. And become a zombie. *LOL*  What about you? Do you find social media overwhelming?  

P/s: Just an upcycled pillow box.


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33 comments:

Cindy Lee said...

This is so true! And yes I do find social media overwhelming and honestly I can't keep up too. I already have a hard time keeping up with my blog post..lol.

Evelin said...

very true... it's so much easier to just click 'Like' on FB. and sometimes I wonder why I still bother writing blogs.. haha... but oh well, it's just another channel of sharing what we make :D

Love your upcycled pillow box! :)

Rose said...

what a super cute upcycle girl :)

there is no way to "keep up" and still have a life off the computer!!
plus the more time spent on line is the less time i have to craft ;)

Debbie said...

I do have to agree that it is hard keeping up with blogging. Love looking at what everyone creates, but commenting becomes overwhelming. I do my best. Cute pillow box - love the bright colors!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I like my blogs first -- everything else comes after :) Why I love the blogs ... I can not only see your creations, but I see into your life and I feel a connection :) I have made more 'real' friends with blogging than pinterest, FB and any other social media :) Heck... out of the 150 cards I make for Christmas -- I would say 25 go to my co-workers (cause I have no other choice but to give to them! lol!!!!) -- 40 go to family -- 20 go to my closet friends -- and that means 65 go to my bloggy friends -- so the MOST go to them!! :) Crazy huh??? I just have been fortunate to meet some amazing and loving friends in bloggy land!!! I only go to FB when I am on a break staring at the computer and decide to stare at my phone instead!! LOL!!! :)

kavitha said...

Such a cute box,love the fresh colors.
Yes true..social media has taken a toll on blogging,sometimes i feel much easier to post a picture in FB rather than writing a blog post,lol.
But still with blogging you can actually get to know people,not only their works.

Katy said...

This is super cute! I love the colors you used and I think I have some of that green and white paper which I love and I am saving it for something special-I'm sure! :) Social media is information overload. I like my blogs first. And you can preschedule on your facebook fan page? I need to learn how to do that! :)

Karen B. said...

Your designs are always so much fun.

Crafterkhush said...

Hi Yvonne,

Yes social media has become all pervasive and such an integral part of our daily lives but it's too pushy at times... there are a zillion craft groups and some people post the same card in all the groups so the notifications annoys the hell out of me.. Moreover I end up missing essential posts because my wall has been repeatedly spammed.. On the other hand I get to stay in touch with friends who are far away and connect with new ones having similar interests.. SO I guess like anything else.. An excess of anything is bad.. Limit yourself and you would be happy... :D

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

I use social media a lot for my work and I always marvel at the local businesses who don't use it in some form or another, but when it comes to craftying, I'm sticking to bloggging :)

Laurel said...

This is so cute! Still love that paper!

Virginia L. said...

This card screams HAPPINESS! Love it, Yvonne! And yes, social media overwhelms me. I chose mostly blogging over FB and Twitter. It's nice to get attention once in a while, but I am most comfortable in hanging out in my own/others blog as I enjoy it the most.

megha said...

lovely creation,love your work..I love social media ,a lot ,yaa it grasp our time ,but i love staying there.I t made me connected with my far left relatives.I came in contact with crafter world on internet via FB,so i love FB.after being on FB , i came to know about blogging ...may be sily for you all but its true.now i do regular post on blog and FB too.
megha
http://meghanuj01.blogspot.in/

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

I think your pillow box is fun and delightful!
I am not big on social media as well, let alone writing long post.

Ash said...

Lovely pillow box!

And I definitely agree that it was "BE YOUR WORTH & THE WORLD RECOGNIZES" Once Upon A Time .... Now you got to brag & haul everywhere possible which is still a NO to me... Initially blogging was for people to know that I am here too, but now it is just for me.... Come on I have a life & at the end of the day ME is all that matters to self....
Social Media is again the same "MEDIA" which remembers you ONLY WHEN YOU SHOW UP & suffers severe amnesia..... :D

Lynnda said...

Your pillow box is so adorable Yvonne...


I'm totally with you... I never can keep up.... what more working/son/house/husband/chores/scrap!!! [so you tell me when can I pee!!]

I'm like Julie... Blog first.... others.... secondary.... I have pinterest... but hardly log on...i have twitter... but never log on too...!!!

hugs...xoxo

Sherry Eckblad said...

Your card just makes me happy. You can't help but smile when you look at it.

~amy~ said...

cute and happy project...sassy goodness:)

It took me awhile to hop over to FB...I still don't tweet or instagram...I'm not sure how people manage their time doing all that. I have a hard enough time with blogging and FB!

creating memories said...

Oh yes! Tell me about it! Something new is coming in everyday and it's so hard to keep up sometimes..

xxNeelu

sandi said...

This is sooooooooooooooooo cute! So fun and playful looking!

Tracey Sabella said...

What a fun card!! Your comments are so true!! I definitely get more feedback on my blog when I have the time to get around and visit by blog friends, but family first, and I don't always have a lot time to devote to it. ~ Blessings, Tracey

http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

I like blogging, it is hard to keep up some times. I try to get on line a few times a day to see what everyone else is doing if I can. Love this, so adorable!

Annette said...

I agree with you.. I can not keep up with all the social medias.. But I am keeping to my blogging. I think it is so nice to pop by and read about whats going on and how people made things..

Isha Gupta said...

You nailed the perfect point Yvonne. That LIKE button has become part of everyday life. It took me some time to start with FB. I still prefer the old blogging way:)

Cindy deRosier said...

I"m on FB, but that's it. And even that is too much sometimes! I intentionally limit my friends to actual friends and I still can't always keep up with the feed. I can only imagine how crazy it would be to add Instagram, Twitter, or any of the others. Way too much to manage! I can't figure out how some people are everywhere at all times - don't they do anything else?!

Tone-Lill said...

I know what you mean... I don't have time for much than real life, just my blog, can't remember last time I was on facebook, so no time for Pinterest or twetter for me lol
Just have to add before I press pulish button, it is a cut little card you have made, I love those adorable fruits lol
Have a great weekend :)

Alice Wertz said...

that pillow box is super cute! those pears make me smile! =) i honestly can give up facebook anytime. ha! there are days that i go and click likes every day and sometimes only once or twice a week. i try my best to keep up, but i will give my time to pinterest rather than facebook that's for sure. =)

Audrey Pettit said...

My goodness, what a fun, bright, and happy upcycled pillow box, Yvonne! Love that paper and love those little pears! Too cute!
And yes, I find social media a bit overwhelming, too. I'm on FB and pinterest, but have avoided all other avenues. That is enough for me! :)

Gary Rose said...

I know what you mean about social media. I'm constantly promoting my blog in one way or another. On a side note, I love your blog and I'm one of your new followers. I look forward to reading more of your articles.

Linda R said...

Awwww. This is so darn cute. I have to say I feel the same way about social media. I had just decided recently to step back from facebook. And spend more time focusing on blogger. But then there is Pinterest and I also love instagram and flickr. Its all so overwhelming.

Hugs~

Helen Tilbury said...

I don't remember that post? I must look it up!! Oh I don't overthink it. I don't want the whole world to follow my blog, just my followers & they seem to be growing so I don't think blogging is dying out! Maybe those blogs that ramble on about themselves & no-one is really interested in seeing 6 million pictures of their kids, but our type is here to stay! I love that you keep your posts short. It's never a chore to keep up with you. I 've shortened mine a lot over the years & am striving for shorter still! FB is what it is. I don't expect anything more out of it. That's one place NOT to take seriously. Same with Pinterest. Fun but a total waste of time (okay maybe not TOTAL) but pretty much!

chillin with Quillin said...

very cute!!!!!

Lee-Anne Thornton said...

Great post! Yes I am a social media junkie, especially Facebook. I do find it overwhelming sometimes trying to keep up with blogs and Facebook. It sometimes makes me too tired to create LOL. The good thing about it though is all the wonderful, creative people I have met through this hobby and that makes me happy.

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