7 Warning Signs that Social Media Is Ruining Your Life

I might be biting the hand that feeds me…but after one year of being on social media I see some major warning signs.

I had a thought the other day as I watched the person in the car next to me attempt to drive and navigate their smart phone.

My thought—they probably aren’t “texting”. They are updating their Facebook status, tweeting, instagraming, snap chatting (or whatever the latest new thing teenagers are doing). In their mind none of that is texting!

If you didn’t already know, just a little over one year ago I was not on any social media. Not Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, NOTHING. I know, how did I survive without knowing what the world was doing. How did anyone keep up with me?

I had successfully avoided all social media.

Why am I now submerged in this world?

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Which New Theme Do You Like Best?

Have you ever visited a website, then immediately left? What causes you to do that? You don’t like the way the website looks? Can’t find what you are looking for? Or is it simply you don’t like the content?

I have gone to websites where I wanted to read the content or buy an item, but quickly left for various reasons. I could not read the type because of the colors or font. Or I could not figure out how to navigate to the shopping cart.

Now that I have submitted my manuscript to Westbow Press, I am focusing my efforts on improving my website before I begin my next book. I have researched many options for the site, and I thought I would let you in on the fun. Isn’t that kind of me?

When I launched this website in January, I knew very little about designing a website or blogging for that matter. The learning curve has been steep, yet enjoyable.

My website is a WordPress.org site hosted by HostGator. The current theme that I am using is Twenty Eleven which is a free WordPress theme. It has served me well, but I need more flexibility and options. So I am researching different WordPress themes.

This is where you enter the picture. Since you are my readers, I want to know what you think and like.

Here are three that I am strongly considering:

  1. Lucid by ElegantThemes
  2. Standard Theme
  3. Canvas by WooThemes

Each theme has its pros and cons. The following features are important to me:

  • Clean look. I like a site that is not cluttered, uses simple color schemes, and the font is not too busy. It makes it easier to read and find what I am looking for.
  • Inviting. This dovetails with the clean look. I want the site to encourage or invite me to look around, read multiple blog posts, stay awhile.
  • Comments and Sharing done easily. It is imperative that commenting and sharing  is easy and understandable. On my site, I want readers to interact with me and each other about the topic.
  • Responsive. This is a buzz word now for websites. Since so many people access the web via a mobile device, the site needs to respond and resize.
  • Ecommerce. I want to offer my books and any other future products on my site. So, it needs this function.

I realize that most of you might not look at these three themes to give me feedback, so how about sharing with me what is important or appealing to you when you visit a website? You can take pride in the fact that you helped me decide on my new design.

Why I am Just Now Entering the Social Media World

Really!  Until now, I have not had a Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or any other kind of social media account.  Most of you probably are wondering how I have survived.  No, I do not think that  the world is flat!

 

by Kenneth Camp

by Kenneth Camp

I do feel that there has been a whole other world or reality out there existing on the outer senses of my awareness.  I heard others talk about this world.  I caught glimpses of it from time to time.  But, I had not experienced it firsthand.

So, why am I just now entering this world?

First, I have a few reasons why I have intentionally avoided social media until now.

  1. I tend to be OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder for those of you who despise acronyms.  I have proven that I can slip into an unhealthy pattern of checking something over and over and over.  I may miss something!  I am not pointing any fingers.
  2. I want to protect my marriage – My wife and I have been married nearly 25 years.  I have not always been trustworthy.  Since becoming a real man, I place a higher value on my wife feeling secure in our relationship than me being “connected” in the digital world.
  3. I prefer face to face conversations – I want to really know a person.  I prefer to look a person in their eyes when they are talking to me.  And, let them see into my eyes.  I really do believe that the eyes are the windows to the soul.

Those are a few reasons why I have not been linked in, friended, tweeted, pinned or liked in the digital world until now.

The question remains – why now?

Here are a few reasons why:

  1. I want to intentionally communicate my passions.  Most people understand and enjoy how social media is a great way to connect with family and friends.  Many though fail to understand how powerful a tool it is to communicate your passions. Whether a person is aware of it or not, when they post, tweet or pin something, they are letting the world know who they are and what is important to them.  Most do not put much thought into what they are saying and who is listening.  We have all heard how employers today google a potential employee to find out who they are.
  2. I am looking for like-minded people.  Social media provides a stage from which I can connect with people who want to hear what I have to say.
  3. I can let others know what projects I am working on.  Marketing is a dirty word to some people.  However, social media is present day way of word of mouth marketing.  As I work on my book, I can let others know what it is about.  Social media can create anticipation.

So, I am wading into this digital world with purpose.  Sure, I am enjoying reconnecting with friends from all over the world.  But, I am purposeful in what I am saying and posting.  And, I am asking close friends to hold me accountable with my usage of social media.

I still prefer to sit down with you for a cup of coffee or a bite to eat than to post on your wall.  I hope you will not mind.

Question – Why do you use social media?