freak_out, social media, social media overwhelmI’m teaching my annual social media class for WriterU this week and received quite a few private emails that discussed how overwhelmed authors feel about how much they need to do to stay on top of all the social networks and maintain them while blogging and still managing to write books.

I’m going to tell you something nobody else will:


Yep.  I said it.  You don’t have time for Pinterest?  Cool.  Skip it.

You hate Facebook?  Fine.  Set your blogs to post to Facebook automatically and then check for comments once a week.

Twitter sucks?  No biggie.  Just set your Facebook and Blog to post automatically and check for replies once a week.

You do not need to be on every network every day.

I’m covering blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Tsu, Hootsuite, Tweepi, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+ and more in my class but that doesn’t mean authors should think they have to use all of them.


I’m teach writers how to game the system, how to hack their social, so they can get on with the business of writing.

Please don’t let anyone tell you that you need to be on every network every day.  You don’t.

If you haven’t read this blog about how to limit your social media time to a productive 30 minutes or less Monday through Friday, check it out:

Social Media for Writers in 30 Minutes a Day