Blogger: Michelle Ule
Filling in for the traveling Mary Keeley–who needed to take a break from social media this week.
How do you take a break from social media without losing your momentum?
When I took a break last year from social media for my 2.5 week vacation, I used several tools to keep a current presence on-line.
Here they are.
Four tools to help a writer disconnect.
1. WordPress scheduling.
I love the schedule feature on WordPress.
For those who’ve never used it before, after you write your post, go over to the box on the right to “Publish Immediately.” Don’t let that scare you. Click EDIT.
A date box opens up. Put in the date, the time, click OK.
The blue box that says “PUBLISH,” this time will read “SCHEDULE.”
If you need to make a change in your post, do so and then click “UPDATE.”
I write two blog posts a week for my website and often guest blog. To prepare for my vacation, I had to write nine blog posts in advance and schedule them.
My NovelPastimes posts are written on Blogger–which fortunately allows for scheduling as well.
I like to write and schedule posts in advance, anyway, and I love this feature.
2. Facebook scheduling
In addition to my personal page, I maintain a Michelle Ule, writer page.
You can’t schedule posts on your personal page, but on “business” pages, you can do so.
Write the status and click on the blue POST.
A drop-down box appears and you can schedule a specific date and/or time.
Hootsuite has two options for scheduling: one done right on the Hootsuite page, and the other through “bulk scheduling.”
This is a program you have to pay for, but I like it a lot (it’s a business expense).
I followed a tutorial done by Hootsuite and that’s what I suggest you do. Try this link.
It was a little tricky with the time and changing to a .cvs file, but it worked.
I found it easiest to set up the spread sheet by date and fill it in as I wrote the blog posts–putting them in at different times and days.
Hootsuite bulk will not allow you to use the same tweet twice, so that took creativity, but it was a wonderful relief to load them up and watch them tweet.
4. The true gift: Friends
Two days before I flew, my galleys for last summer’s The Sunbonnet Bride arrived.
I was able to complete them, but I wondered what I would have done had they come while I was gone.
I’ve written before about getting by with a little help from my friends . . .
In addition, my daughter-in-law serves as my Webmistress and has all my account passwords. When I run into trouble and am far away (or incapable), I can always contact her for help.
And why not?
They don’t call it social media for nothing.
What tools do you use to help you disconnect from your social media needs, your job, your work, your computer, your phone?
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