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Cure for social media exhaustion

27.07.2012 - 22:29


Do you ever get that feeling you want to close all your social media accounts, stop blogging and throw your computer out of the window? Well, maybe I'm exaggerating now. However I'm guessing you unfortunately know that feeling of being tired, bored and frustrated with all the sharing, pinning, plussing and Tweeting. The social media exhaustion.

I know that feeling. And I know a cure for it. Or a way out of it, if that sounds more appropriate. I have noticed that each time I get to this point, changing something helps.

Be sure to really want the change. Due to all the changes those who have grown to expect certain things from you may bail. It must be okay to you that things will change more than you guessed.

There's an upside there too. As some of your audience may run away because of your change, you are likely to make new contacts in the process as well. New fresh contacts.

What can you change then? Well, pretty much anything. Tweet more or Tweet less than usual. Find new people to follow (and rid yourself of some of the old ones at the same time). Get a new theme for your blog. Post to your blog at different times and different days. Change your routines, your content, your style. Find something new to share, something new to say. Something that isn't your usual thing.

Photo by Gavin Schaefer under Creative Commons license.

Suomeksi (In Finnish): 

Joskus kaikki tämä jakaminen ja viestiminen muuttuu suorastaan ahdistavaksi. Tulee someuupumus. Someuupumukseen on kuitenkin parannus. Tai paremminkin keino ulos siitä. Se keino on muutos. Ole varma, että haluat muutosta. Se saattaa koitua suuremmaksi kuin arvasitkaan. Saatat menettää osan yleisöstäsi ja kontakteistasi. Tosin samalla todennäköisesti saat uusia, raikkaita kontakteja. Uudista blogisi ulkoasu. Muuta mitä teet, mitä jaat, mitä bloggaat, mitä viestit ja kenelle viestit. Vaihda rutiinejasi, sisältöäsi ja tyyliäsi. Löydä jotakin uutta ja erilaista jaettavaa ja sanottavaa.

Thank you for reading Cure for social media exhaustion. What do you think? Do tell!

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I'm Mervi Emilia Eskelinen, an artist, and a multi-talent of web visibility and branding from Finland. I help indie businesses, freelancers and bloggers to stand out online. I have 18 years of experience and a formal education in everything about web design and development, branding and online marketing.

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6 comments for "Cure for social media exhaustion"

jeannine's picture

You are so right. I pledge to myself not to open a twitter or facebook acount because i a member of lots of community's flickr , cl , weavolution , and so on along with following lots of interesting blog. Somethimes there no more time for art because of all the wandering around on the WWW. Well that how i found your blog and I like it.

Mervi's picture

I get it Jeannine. I'm happy you have found my blog, yet I do get it that sometimes wandering around the web can take the time away from pretty much everything else.

I think it's all about choosing yourself which communities, blogs and platforms you want to participate in. If the choice feels right, then it must be right. Don't let anyone else tell you what to do and where to do it. :)

The change can work here too. If some of the social media services you participate in starts to feel somehow wrong, it's time to move on. Change to something else or just leave it completely. Or change how you participate on it.

jeannine's picture

thanks , that is a good advice. sometimes it is good to stand still and look at what you want to keep following and what is just consuming your time.
But i must admit I learned a lot about weaving and drawing on the net after I had to quit on art classes because of a full time job . And i have met nice people in person after learning to know them on the net.
thanks for the nice comment on my blog.
greetings from Belgium.

Mervi's picture

Hi Jeannine! Yes, I have made many (good) friends online myself. All around the world. Which is so great about this. And learned a lot about... Well, a lot.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting. It's nice to know I'm not writing all of this just for myself. :)

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