We all feel guilty when we use Twitter or Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram, WordPress or Blogger. Today I’m here to tell you to stop. And not because I want to tell you to stop feeling guilty because I’m a kind caring, type of blogger and I want to keep talking to you on all these social mediums. No. I have come up with 5 valid reasons why you should lose the guilt and incorporate the social networks into your daily working life – especially if you are a full-time writer from home.
1. Guilt is a negative emotion and will impact negatively on anything you are currently working on. It is insidious and will niggle away at your positivity and that includes the positivity you feel towards your current project.
2. If you were going out to work you would be engaging with real people and having conversations. Taking five minutes here and there to pass the time of day with your colleagues. Using social media is a home workers social downtime. That five minutes of human interaction. To know the world exists outside the four walls and whatever it is you’re working on.
3. Have you ever had a brainwave from something you’ve read on social media? I know I have. Because we are social animals, we tend to migrate towards the people who have similar interests to us, therefore, what is shared in that space tends to hold some interest and time to time there really is a nugget of gold that really drives me forward in what it is I’m working on. Don’t dismiss what is being shared on these platforms.
4. Talking of migrating to similar people on social media. If you come up against a problem in the work you are tackling right now, my bet is there is someone in your circle of social media of friends who can help you, either directly or through someone they know, and they are quite willing to do so. Right now, I have a friend who is putting me in touch with a pathologist and if it weren’t for social media, I would never have met her. Do not underestimate the power of your social circles.
5. It’s fun! Are you really going to berate yourself for having some fun? I’ve made some real genuine friends through social media and I wouldn’t give it up or allow anyone to make me feel guilty for using it, so why would you?