I graduated high school over ten years ago. Upon graduation, I felt my peer pressure days were over.
How wrong I was.
As an adult I am receiving massive peer pressure.
The pressure of joining Twitter and Facebook.
“Even my grandmother has a Facebook page. Get with the program, Katrina.”
“Get on board with Twitter. Everybody’s using it!”
I can hear my mother’s words chanting in my ear, “If everyone jumped off a cliff, would you do it?”
Of course not. But a small part of me feels that just by watching so many people jump, that I would at least look over the cliff and consider my options.
And it’s not like I haven’t tried Twitter. I opened a Twitter account and closed it after a month. I could feel myself getting addicted to it, constantly tweeting from my Blackberry. But a part of me felt I was divulging too much. I am a blabbermouth, (much to my husband’s chagrin) and I felt myself getting too personal.
“Be careful of what you say,” my husband warned. “Once you put something in the cloud, it’s pretty much impossible to get it back.”
When I had to start editing myself, Twitter lost some of its sparkle.
“But you’re missing out on lots of marketing opportunities—everyone’s online Katrina. You have to Tweet!”
I do agree that I need some kind of online presence. Readers should have some way of contacting me and seeing my personality—that’s why I started my blog, Curl up and Write. There I get total control of what I put out in the universe and if I ever get misunderstood, at least I can update my post.
I feel that all of the social networking sites are great tools for writers, but how much is too much? Do I really have to blog, Tweet, use Facebook, Myspace, Shelfari at the same time? Couldn’t I just stick to one thing—blogging—and be really good at it?
Right now, the chance of me joining Twitter and Facebook is small. Sure, I might be missing out on opportunities to network with my fellow writers and readers but I’ll take that chance. I feel the pressure to join everyday, but for now I’m content to look at everyone else jumping off that cliff.