Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I'm a Social Media Failure

Fail Whale by

I'm finally ready to admit it. I suck at social media.

It's true that you can find me on twitter almost every day, either tweeting with friends or sharing a new listing on Etsy, but that only takes 30 seconds and 140 characters - or less! Of course I then spend the next hour scrolling back in time reading new posts. But I get my own tweets in, I make connections, and I even generate a sale on occasion. Twitter works. It's everything else that I have a problem with.

The Oh So Retro Facebook page is sadly neglected and my Flickr page has seen better days. Even my new Tumblr has already been abandoned, and we all know how often I update my blog. My poor blog... thought of often, written in never.

It's not that I don't want to participate in social media. I like it. I'm with it. I know how to do all this stuff... I just don't and I'm not sure why. As soon as I sit down on the computer I find myself in a cycle bouncing from one webpage to the next, reading and looking for things but not actually accomplishing anything. I can spend half an hour reading about The Kinks or vintage magazines or girls who look like Justin Bieber but can't find the time to upload pictures to Flickr or post a link on my fan site.

I see many women who have shops full of fresh items and blogs full of content and I think - why can't that be me? It's not like they have an extra pair of hands or an extra hour in the day that I don't have. They just sit down and work instead of sitting down with the idea of maybe working and oh hey look pictures of kittens in sweaters!

At the beginning of the year Randy asked me "How is this year going to be different from the last?" and I ask myself this when I am thinking of where I am and where I want to be. How am I going to make sure that this year is successful? What can I do to make Oh So Retro better?

I have a few social media goals that I want to start working on every day, just an hour during my lunch break that would usually be spent wasting time online. My list includes twitter, facebook, flickr, tumblr and of course blogger. How much time to you spend working on your social media/web presence? Do you find it makes a difference? I'm going to get serious about it for a few months to see if it helps. It can't hurt, even if it just helps me break my addiction to blogs about texting errors and animals wearing hats.


Maren Layne said...

I have the same problem as you ;)

becca.elpy said...

i have been having the hardest time doing anything besides twitter since i went back to school. with all the projects and papers and time spent on the bus i just severely lack time. ish. i think it's about priorities. if i take some of the time that i spend tweeting...which is a lot, and use it to write blog post or hash out new ideas it would be for the best. but part of me also knows it would be more work than i want to do most times.
we shall see. good luck with your goals!

Mary Beth Heishman said...

Thanks for the fail whale feature. I too have issues keeping up with social media. Work, home, art, etsy production... when do I have time. I guess when Im driving, I could text less and tweet more, JK.

Anonymous said...

I suck at everything but Facebook and Twitter -- but I think the most important thing is getting products actually made, listed, and shipped, and I bet you do SO much better at that than I do.

marathon1981 said...

Oh I'm so glad I'm not the only one. I don't get twitter yet, I just feel like I don't have the energy for so many different things all at once, but it's so easy to piss away time on websites! I realize typing and clicking are all the same but sometime the productive typing and clicking are harder! (: