Okay, reasonable or not, I'm drawing a line in the proverbial publishing sand. I've thought, considered, rethought, reconsidered, and have come to the conclusion...I just can't do it.
Yes, I'm aware it might hurt my long term success as an author. Yes, I'm aware it might make the readers unhappy or look in other direction.
I. Just. Can't. Do. It.
I can't - no won't - do Twitter.
I'm all for the authors who have the time, talent, and personality to join and converse on it. I can't, don't, and won't.
Other responsibilities don't allow enough time to hang out there. After a full work week, the time spent with my husband, kids, family, and friends are limited enough. Then I have my writing time, which I ensure eats into my personal and sleep time. That personal time, the slim hours I have to relish in me is taken up by hiking, kayaking, beach trips, photograph, writing, and my blogging here.
After all that, I just don't have the time to dedicate to starting a twitter account and maintaining the fast flow of that Internet river (rapid river, might I add).
Yes, we all must strive to grow, but we have to remember limitations. Limitations aren't just those things you aren't capable of accomplishing. They are things you decide not to accomplish. Boundaries, if you like that term for it better.
A plate is a plate. You are the keeper of that plate and must decide what works and doesn't work for that plate's content. Anything and everything can give you some sort of substance. You have to decide what kind and amount of substance it will be. There is nothing wrong with passing by a selection in life to maintain the prosperity, happiness, and fullness of your chosen plate.
I'm very, very happy with my plate and its content as it is now. It's full, but manageable with the substances that matter most to me. Twitter isn't the only "selection" I've passed. Promotions, great job opportunities, big moves...the list is endless in my many years of life.
Huh, I guess I've mixed my analogies a bit. Sand in line to plate content. Oh well, you get my drift.
What is your line in the sand, or substance you've passed to maintain your plate? Are there things you want to remove or reduce on your life plate?