Journal, Writing

Social Media

I have mixed feelings when it comes to social media. Simply put, I’m not interested in most of the tweets or posts that appears on these platforms. There are exceptions but for the most part I think it’s a waste of time, and I find myself perusing social media sites only when I’m too brain dead to do anything else. So, maybe it’s not a total waste of time. It’s a numbing agent.

When it comes down to it, the notion that a writer should create a social media platform before publishing a book seems a little bit absurd. There are people who create social media platforms with blogs but I’m not particularly interested in any of those. (That may sound hypocritical since this is a blog but I’m primarily writing this for me. If other people are interested, that’s great but that’s not necessarily the aim.)

I tend to pay more attention to the social media accounts of individuals who’ve already written books (primarily the ones I’ve read) or of those who have performed in films I’ve seen (primarily the ones I’ve enjoyed). Public figures seem to most often bring their following to social media. The other way around or gaining a following through social media is more rare and somewhat odd, in my opinion.

Regardless, I have some pretty strict rules when it comes to the various platforms. In no particular order, they are:

  • To promote quality
  • To post professionally
  • To maintain privacy

Developing these rules took some trial and error so I understand that there are many people on social media platforms who are simply trying to find their footing.

I should also note that my rules are flexible and may change if and when I gain a following. But they may not. The truth is I don’t really need the public figures I follow to share insights into their personal lives even if I understand the reason they do.

photo: George Pagan III

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Justin Meckes is a writer and filmmaker living in Chapel Hill, NC. His short stories have been published in various online journals and magazines. He has ghostwritten novels and is the author of several children's books. You can learn more about him at justinmeckes.com or by sending an email to contact@justinmeckes.com.