Culling is to “reduce the population by selective slaughter.”
So I slaughtered my social media groups.
Mainly, I went to all the spam pit groups, weeks-between-posts groups, and the ones that I just don’t really visit anymore.
I went ahead and left those groups.
For the most part, this took place on Facebook and Google+.
On Facebook I was a member of many useless writing groups.
You know a useless Facebook writing group because of these things:
- Authors posting about their book over and over;
- No likes or comments on posts;
- Terrible images on the posts.
Those are just a few dead-giveaways, but it’s that lack of engagement (no likes, no comments) that really tells you – hey, this group sucks.
So I left those.
I did the same on Google+, though here it was mainly marketing groups about SEO and social media and things like that.
For the most part, the problem was spam followed closely by lack of interest/engagement.
Overall, people just don’t care!
For me, that’s alright – I’ve seen that for years.
At this point, however, I have to ask myself a simple question: how much time do I want to waste?
These groups are just a waste of my time.
I really see no way I’m helping anyone with my posts (or posts of others that I share) and I see no way those groups are helping me.
How could they help me?
Probably by informing me of trends, writing advice, marketing tips, or just a place to talk with other people.
Alas, I get none of those things anymore…and I’m not sure I ever did.
That’s the problem with social media – it often sucks away your time and leaves you with little in return.
So I’ve decided to do the following:
- Focus more on writing my books and blog posts.
That’s about it!
I figure, every time I feel like wasting time on social media in groups, scrolling through a never-ending feed, why not just work on my own stuff?
Hell, that’s where most of my money is coming from – my books.
(I know that’s hard for some of you to believe, by I’m making more money from my books then ever).
I need to write more of ‘em and spend less time on social media time-sucks.
So I just wanted to say that.
I hope it’ll give you some ideas on how to spend your time as well.