You know - it used to be the writer loops that would kill me. They'd drain my energy and make me crazy. When they became easy to dismiss as a time-suck, I happily got out of them. But Twitter is beginning to feel like this to me now too. If I'm circling the drain emotionally Twitter makes it worse. Everyone's success, everyone's ability to be funny and charming and smart in 140 characters, feels like a mirror held up to my lacking soul. I wish I was being over-dramatic, but I'm not. Of course, if I'm feeling on top of things, twitter is a great place to drop in, share a joke with some writer friends and then get back to work, my narcissism and neediness in check. It's a hugely successful way to connect with book bloggers and writers.
But there are days when it is as bad a time-suck as the loops are. Maureen made a comment about how she can go onto Twitter and spend hours, not saying a word, but scrolling through every one else's updates and feeling like garbage.
YES!! Exactly!! It can be so poisonous.
But I also feel like we can't walk away from it like we could the loops. As we're supposed to be doing more and more marketing, our publishers want us facebooking and Tweeting and Pinning because no one can point to those things and say they don't work. They do. Not all the time, not in any perfect way - but it's an important part of the promotion puzzle.
And the smart advice is "Molly, when you feel bad, don't go to Twitter." Right. Yes. Smart. But you're talking to a woman who hasn't totally figured out that food is NOT comfort. I have some self-sabotaging behaviors that are not totally in check.
So what do you do?