Until recently, my social media life involved Facebook, my blog, two email accounts, and two writing forums. They all kept me busy. I had it all under reasonable control.
Then Twitter came along.
It was like living in a house for a year and suddenly discovering a room you didn't know existed. You open the door to this new room, and it's full of people. And they're all talking simultaneously and you're sure it's all about stuff that will prevent the end of the world as you know it.
The symptoms of SMOD?
- inability to focus
- random shouting at laptop to go faster
- time blackouts (looking at clock and realizing hours have vanished into thin air)
- inability to reach any goals
- fits of inhuman growling
I'm going to try to limit visiting forums to once a day. Emails, twice a day. I've surgically removed my Blackberry from my hand (no anesthesia required!). I'll keep my usual schedule of checking and writing blogs. And I'm going to try hard to limit hardcore TwitterTime to select times of the day.
The most important? I'll turn it all off when I'm writing.
(Well. Most of it. #amwriting)
How many social media outlets are you involved in? Do you suffer from SMOD? How do you treat it?