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.
So that’s what I did.
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.
Putting that time into blog posts or the weekly newsletter would provide more and better content to you as a reader.
Content on the blog is easier for you to find, and much easier to update than content on social media.
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 has also been deactivated.
As of this post, I’ll no longer be using actively marketing on Facebook. I will maintain my art page for the foreseeable future and blog posts will continue to publish automatically to Facebook.
But further participation will be limited to when I have time or something of interest to followers and readers.
I have yet to make a decision about YouTube. I’ve never posted a video on YouTube, though I hoped to do so at one time.
I’m also undecided about MeWe. My gut instinct is to quit everything cold turkey, but there is the colored pencil group at MeWe and I have been trying to generate followers on MeWe. It’s a relatively new platform, however, and developing traction there has been a time-consuming effort.
How much better would the blog be if those daily posts were written for all readers and posted here?
Or published in the weekly newsletter?
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.
If you’re a follower on any of the outlets I’m about to close and you want to continue to hear from me, sign up for the free newsletter and you won’t miss a thing.
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 I get as quickly as possible and email correspondence comes directly to your inbox.
If you have questions or comments about specific posts, I encourage you to 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.
On the Search for Alternatives
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 and for many of us, that may be the best current option.
But there is much to consider and investigate before any such decision is made.
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.
Have an idea for an alternative way we can connect and chat? I’d be happy to hear about that, too!
In the meantime, thank you for your very kind support and loyal readership.