After much thought, soul-searching, and input from loyal readers, I’ve decided it’s time to do more than just think about leaving social media.
It’s time to act.
Before I do that, though, I want to answer the questions most likely to arise at this news.
Why are you leaving social media?
From my first Twitter account years ago, my primary goal has been promoting this blog. I followed the advice of bloggers and marketers who said I must be active on social media in order to direct traffic to this blog.
That goal has motivated every subsequent decision about the venues I’ve chosen, the ways I’ve used those media outlets, and how I’ve interacted with followers through social media, this blog, and my weekly newsletter.
And the response has been good in some ways.
The problem is that although a lot of people follow me or like me, very few actually make the leap to the blog. That means that the return on investment of time, creativity, and persistence has been very small.
Almost nothing, in fact.
Putting that time into blog posts or the weekly newsletter would provide more and better content to you as a reader for a couple of important reasons.
Content on the blog is easier for you to find, and much easier for me to update than content on social media.
You can read articles and posts here without worrying about disagreeable ads popping up or being told what you’re interested in.
I also have control over what I publish and how long it stays published. No banned posts. Nothing marked as spam by an unseen authority.
Besides, as a writer as well as an artist, I’ve just always been more comfortable blogging than trying work around the limitations of social media.
So it makes sense to stop doing what isn’t working so I can put more time and energy into what is working.
Which social media accounts are you closing?
I closed my Twitter account in August 2020.
My Pinterest account was also deactivated in 2020.
In early 2021, I closed my YouTube account, and on April 18, 2021, I deleted my Facebook account.
But I follow you on social media? What do I do now?
First of all, thank you if you’ve been following me anywhere. I do appreciate you!
The best option is to sign up for my free weekly newsletter. That way, you’ll get news about the latest posts, new products, and tips and tools to help you make the kind of colored pencil art you want to make.
How can I connect with you?
The best way to connect with me has always been by email through the contact page on this blog. I answer every email as quickly as possible and email correspondence comes directly to your inbox.
If you have questions or comments about specific posts, share them in the comment section for that post. I get notifications about new comments and respond to those too, usually within 24 hours or less.
And of course there’s the newsletter.
My leaving social media doesn’t mean I’m no longer interested in connecting with you. There are alternatives to social media. At present, the most intriguing from my point of view is a member forum. There are ways to host a forum on this blog. For many of us, that may be the best current option.
Thank you again for your participation on social media if you have followed me on any of the venues mentioned above. I do appreciate you and your very kind support.
Please share your thoughts and comments below or contact me by email.
In the meantime, thank you for your very kind support and loyal readership.