Does social media consume you?

by Craig McBreen · 46 comments · General


Does social media suck you in?

Is blogging taking over your life? How many hours of the day do you spend tweeting, facebooking or obsessing over your Klout score?

Be honest.

Are you in love, infatuated, or completely obsessed?

I often wonder what Chris Brogan eats for breakfast.

When I started on this journey months ago, I had no clear sense of direction. I figured some exploration was in order. I would research, get to know people, then construct a blog.

This expedition soon gave me some direction and a healthy dose of elevation. I was flying high, but was also completely sucked into the vortex.

A forty-something upstart in a strange and exciting new world.
I was soon both hooked and overwhelmed, but felt like a kid on Christmas morning. And THIS was before I even started blogging.

I still wonder what Chris Brogan eats for breakfast. Give me some of that.

When I started writing on my own backwater blog, it was all over. I mean welcome to the world of 24/7 blog madness. I was soon typing away at the speed of an overstimulated ferret, hunkered down in my foggy Seattle outpost.

I consumed the most informative and inspirational content I could find, from Copyblogger to Zen Habits. All at a speed that would make Evelyn Wood proud.

This is NOT one of those, ” … complaining, woe is me, I’m addicted to the internet and I can’t let go,” posts. NO! I’m actually in love with it all, really. Suck me in blog vortex, you’re so damned bomb diggity.

I honestly wish I would have discovered you many years ago, but I was apprehensive, timid and living in fear. Oh, and social media averse, they call it.

Now that I’m here, I’m insanely curious about this topic.

How does Social Media fit into your life?
I really want to know how you structure your days, nights and weekends around social media and blogging. Do you squeeze social into your life, or have you reached the point where you try to fit life into social? Is it a love-hate relationship, a working partnership, or do you plan to live together, happily ever after?

Are Twitter and Facebook time-sucking bandits or good friends?

My story:

I run a small branding firm, but this blog is not directly tied to marketing and branding. It’s something else entirely. I now have to manage both of these growing organisms and blogging is good at draining those precious hours from your day.

BUT I’m in it for the long-haul. So, I’ve been tweaking, refining and planning, and tweaking some more. Working to turn this homestead into something more, much more. Change is fun, eh?

What’s your story?

Enough about me, I want to know about you.

Is blogging a full-time occupation or a platform to promote what you do?

If you have a day job, how do you manage and why do you blog?

Is a passive income stream fact or fiction?

I really want to know.

Social media is one of the best things I’ve ever done, and I WILL be writing about IT. I’ve met some great people and social has expanded my network. It’s inspired me, improved my writing, and motivated me to get out and “do.”

It’s my catalyst for creativity.

Blogging has forced me to change, grow and be more creative. And believe me, I’ll be putting out goals for all to see. It has become an accountability platform and simply made my life better. Like I said, bomb diggity.

BUT you must practice some restraint, right? With so many paths you can quickly lose direction. Focus, clear goals and a grand vision help. Like my friend, John Falchetto says, you need to focus on the big picture. and truly figure out your WHY. Well, that message finally sunk in. Thanks, Sensei John.

BUT again, I want to know about you. How does blogging fit into your life?

Is social an obsession, occupation, or part-time hobby?

Do you plan to create a blogging business that pays the bills? Are you already there?

I’ve asked this before, but … I. Want. To. Know. WHY did you start blogging?

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Jack@TheJackB December 14, 2011 at 10:31 pm

I used to have a standard answer but I may rethink it. I’ll be back later to give a more thorough response than this one, but for now let’s say that blogging helps to scratch an itch that never goes away.
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Craig McBreen December 15, 2011 at 3:27 am

Hey Jack,

I guess I now have that itch :) I look forward to your more thorough response, Sir.

Thanks.

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Sean Davis December 15, 2011 at 2:16 am

Currently, I am blogging on two different blogs. SuccessOnMyMind.com and IamSeanDavis.com. These two blogs have totally consumed my world. I won’t even lie!

About a month ago, I took off my service uniform for the last time and said goodbye to the US Army after 8 1/2 long years of active duty service and 4 overseas tours. As a token of appreciation for veterans, I go to school for completely free. I’m a junior business student.

I have chosen not to ever work for anyone else again. So all I worry about these days is school and internet entrepreneurship (not necessarily in that order). I am eyeball deep into my internet ventures. For me, it is my answer to getting out of a life I couldn’t take anymore and chasing my real passions. And like you, I love it.

Sean

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Craig McBreen December 15, 2011 at 3:50 am

Hi Sean,

Thanks for stopping by this little watering hole. I have enough work with one blog … but two! That is impressive.

I imagine adjusting to civilian life is a bit strange after 8 1/2 long years in the service, huh? Especially with four years overseas. I think if you serve your country you should go to school for free.

So let me get this straight. You’re a junior business student AND you run two blogs … I think I see an overachiever. Good for you!

Like you, I can’t work for other people. I’m a terrible employee :) I guess after taking orders for 8 1/2 years you’re ready to bust loose, eh? Glad to hear you are chasing your passions. That is so very cool.

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Sean Davis December 15, 2011 at 4:03 am

Thanks for the reply, Craig!

It’s not as chaotic as it could be just yet. I don’t pick up the full class schedule until this upcoming semester. Because I was still in the Army when this current semester started, I am only part time right now. I’m ready for the challenge, though. I’ve been through worse!

I wasn’t necessarily sick of taking orders as I was giving them. I was a Sergeant so I did more leading than following the last 4 years of my service. It saddened me because, like you, I think a little bigger than the average person. And when you’re a leader, you want your followers to learn from you.

Now imagine training your Soldiers to follow orders without thought on the battlefield but then telling them to use their own minds. Very hard to do! I found myself teaching Soldiers to think in a way that I didn’t agree with. I want to see people rise to their full potential… not my full potential because they only do what I say.

So, you know, I just had to go. My discharge was 100% honorable and I had an outstanding career. I left on my own terms.

Overachiever? I’d probably say so. But not because I’m tooting my own horn. More so because I have the freedom to be one. Iraq made me appreciate the freedom I have in America. However, it also made me realize that we actually aren’t free unless we chase our dreams. Otherwise, we’re simply slaves of another system.

So my goal is now is pure freedom. And I think that’s why people like you and I do what we do. Because we have the freedom and the drive to do so. Most people just don’t have the drive, unfortunately.

I’ll be around, Craig. I’m enjoying your work!

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Craig McBreen December 16, 2011 at 4:41 am

Sean,

Yes, I imagine you have been through worse. Must be incredibly exciting times for you though.

That was a ton of responsibility on your shoulders, and of course I can’t begin to imagine how tough it was, especially when you are teaching Soldiers to think in a way that you didn’t agree with. I would have a tough time with that as well.

Even though you’re starting with something new, I imagine some of the experience (read leadership skills) will prove invaluable throughout your life.

If we let others dictate what we do, we can easily become cogs in the wheel, just going through the motions, living an unfulfilled life, or like you say, not having true freedom.

I’m glad you’ll be around and I do appreciate the visit!

Thanks for the great comments, Sean.

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Lori Gosselin December 15, 2011 at 11:39 am

Hi Craig,
You describe exactly how I felt when I started blogging. My pendulum always swings too far one way and then the other for a while before it finds its balance ;-) I’m not trying to manage blogging about life with promoting my other business, Terra Cotta Pendants, via social media and what I’m learning here. The learning is very exciting, isn’t it? That pendulum never settles!
I started for a myriad of reasons, or should I call them excuses. One of my big ones is my love of community building. I never get tired of that!
Blogging is a balancing act, though. A fun one!
Lori
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Craig McBreen December 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Hi Lori,

Ah yes, … that pendulum never settles! You are right. I guess as I’m still in the puppy stage (tail wagging stage), it’s taking a while for that to sink in. Call it rookie excitement. After a bit more time at this maybe I’ll be a pro, like you, but I have some distance to cover before I get there. With all the planning I do, there are still many hiccups on the way.

I can see your love of community building at your place. Seems like you have that mastered. :)

Thanks for the comments and here’s to this fun trip we are on. Thanks, Lori!

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Bill Dorman December 15, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I started blogging because I knew it would make me popular and I would finally get all the hot chicks……….

I started blogging because I thought that was what you were supposed to do to make you legit when you visit other sites with blogs. Once I started, I liked it so it gave me a reason to keep going.

Social did consume me for awhile, but no more. Because of my day job I can pop in and out during the day if I’m at my desk. I usually spend some time first thing in the morning and at the end of the day. Some at night too, but not quite near as much.

For now, I will clunk along and keep it sustainable and if a new path opens up and gives me some direction I will follow it. I don’t have any plans to monetize it; I have enough on my plate with my day job and if I take care of business there it will allow me the freedom to explore other avenues if I so desire.

Bottom line, I do if or the people and the relationships; I don’t need to get any deeper than that.
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Craig McBreen December 15, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Bill,

How ya doing with the porny avatar chicks? They still flooding your Twitter in box?

When I first started using Twitter and commenting, I visited your house and saw you commenting everywhere and thought, this is a guy who has it mastered or he simply has no spare time. I still wonder how you do it.

You make popping in and out sound easy, but it’s not, really. You can easily lose time on that one little thing. So, I have to be my own task master and use a timer. I hear plenty of bells and that chirping cricket from my iPhone during the day telling me, “it is time to move to your next task, Sir.” I imagine you are better at this than I am though.

I never think of you as clunking along. Self-deprecating humor and a bit of modestly (yes, I said modesty) comes to mind, but NOT clunking along ;)

Thanks for coming by, Bill.

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Tony Hastings December 15, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Hi gentlemen – Interesting thoughts from both of you (as ever!)

Like Bill in his early days I have been getting sucked in to the social media whirl and enjoying it. Lately though with less time available after starting a part time job in the real world I’ve been finding the gloss has gone off it so I am making some changes to get back to basics. Like Bill (I must stop agreeing with him all the time, it’s worrying me) I want it to become about the people and relationships again.

I hope to share some more thoughts on this soon with a post that’s swilling around in my head but in the meantime thanks for a thought provoking article Craig and best wishes to you both for the holiday season :-)

Tony
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Craig McBreen December 16, 2011 at 12:43 am

Hi Tony,

Interesting how quickly the conversation changes, huh? :)

It is a whirl that’s for sure, but like you, I’m loving it. I’d love it if I could do this full time, but for now I have to put food on the table ;) We’ll see what develops. I can’t wait to read about your changes, Tony.

Thanks for the visit and best wishes to you for the holiday season as well, Sir.

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Bill Dorman December 16, 2011 at 1:48 pm

You have to agree with me Tony, ’cause I’m smart like that…………:). I know, I know, that’s a pretty scary thought………..
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Craig McBreen December 16, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Tony is smart like that, because he knows whom to agree with.

Jens P. Berget December 15, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Hi Craig,

I’m the head of marketing at a Norwegian college, and I started blogging in order to learn online marketing and to share my knowledge. I blog at night and work during the day, and write my first novel sometime in between :)

I don’t spend enough time online. I absolutely love it, and I’ve met some brilliant people, like you. I’m planning to do a lot more in 2012.

Do you have many employees? I’m very interested to know more about what you do. I’m planning to start my own company (just me) in Norway.
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Craig McBreen December 15, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Hi Jens,

Your are a busy guy, but I guess the Norwegian winters are conducive to busyness, huh? I appreciate what you have to offer over at your place. I’m always checking in to find out about the latest and greatest. Now it seems to be Clicky … Jens, the Norwegian spy ;)

I love social to and am always drifting in and out between many large projects, meetings, etc. But do love it. I consider you brilliant, my friend, but you might be the first to say that about me :)

I am very excited about 2012. Maybe we can keep each other moving.

No employees now, but I used to. I have a great network of contractors I’ve been working with for years. Website developers, technical writers, illustrators, photographers, production artists and other graphic designers. I think it’s much better to run lean and mean, especially with all the online tools at our disposal.

Thanks, Jens!

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Tom Pinit December 15, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Hi Craig, well, I think you know why I’m here. It’s because of people like you! I do indeed have a day job. I started my blog as an outlet (platform?) to write about my Brazilian music and my passions for travel and language, a way to “dial up the fulfillment factor”. It is quickly morphing into a social entrepreneurship project that I’ll be launching shortly via the blog, and I am very excited about it.

Social media is indeed consuming me, thanks to Twitter and the abundance of inspirational lifestyle design blogs out there. I am finding Buffer to be an invaluable tool for sharing my own work as well as that of others while I’m working at my office.

Go Ravens!
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Craig McBreen December 16, 2011 at 1:09 am

Hi Tom,

Thanks for the kind words and for the visit! What better place to share a bit about the things you are passionate about. I can’t wait to hear about your social entrepreneurship project. First a teaser from Tony, now you ;) Must be exciting, man.

There is certainly no shortage of lifestyle design blogs, but some really great ones out there. Plenty of inspiration for us, Tom. I’ll check out Buffer, thanks!

Yes … Go Ravens!

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Nancy Davis December 15, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Why do I blog? When I grow up, I want to be a professional writer. I blog every day to keep my mind sharp and my brain working.

I love social media. I sleep with my phone next to me and on (that’s probably not healthy but you know…)

I started Tweeting in earnest last year, and I love it. I actually miss it if I don’t get the chance to be on the way I want to.

Speaking of that, since I started a new sales job, I am on Twitter less. I have no choice, but I still plan to post five days a week. I now have to answer comments when I get home instead of during the day. That is what I love. We all adjust in our own ways. It is not one size fits all.

I am also working on an e-book which is taking a long time but when it is done it will (hopefully) help a lot of people. I do hope to get paid to do this one day.
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Craig McBreen December 16, 2011 at 1:23 am

Hey Nancy,

Nothing like daily writing to keep the cobwebs from appearing ;) Glad to hear about the e-book and looking forward to seeing it.

So … checking in on Twitter at 2:00 a.m.?

Twitter is great. A year ago I thought is was silly and something I’d never use. Well, things have certainly changed.

Glad to hear you’re still posting five days a week. I honestly don’t know how you do it, but that is great. I love answering comments too, but it is sometimes hard to fit it. I’ve been dipping in and out during the day, but doing plenty at night as well.

Thanks for stopping by, Nancy.

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Erin Feldman December 16, 2011 at 4:15 am

Jeepers. You ask really good questions. You should’ve been on my thesis committee.

I think my blog is both an occupation and a platform. At least, I’m trying to turn it into more of a platform and to use it for soft selling as that other sensei, the Sales Lion, encourages us to do. My blog requires a lot of time and attention, but I like giving it that time and attention. I like writing (Surprise!). I like writing about the writing process and what it means to be a writer. I even enjoy writing about the struggles of being a writer. Hmm. Are we sensing a theme? I spend time writing posts for my blog even when I’m busy developing teaching materials and training modules. I guess it’s a high priority for me just as writing poetry is. I make time for them both.

Social media can be a time suck, especially on the days I’m discouraged or overwhelmed. It’s easy to spend a few hours reading other people’s blogs or tweeting. I don’t know that all of that is bad; tweeting with people can be encouraging. I don’t think those conversations can replace in-person conversations, but they are a nice stand-in when in-person conversations are in short supply. I have to be conscious of my time, though. I have to “show up” for the work as Jeff Goins says (Are you familiar with his blog? He has a great writing manifesto.) regardless of how I feel. Fortunately, I have some experience with doing just that from past periods of discouragement and being overwhelmed. I made it through those times, so I should make it through current ones.
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Craig McBreen December 16, 2011 at 4:58 am

Hi Erin,

Oh man, I don’t think I could handle being on a thesis committee. I’m better at asking questions in the comfortable confines of my blog, but thank you very much, madam :)

Well, I guess if you are using Marcus as a guide here, you can’t go wrong. You’re learning from a good teacher. I think the Lion knows what he is doing :) The most important thing is enjoying the process, and you certainly enjoy the process.

Engaging with someone on that Twitter thingy is nothing like having a real conversation of course, but it’s certainly introduced me to so many great people. Not too long ago I though Twitter was pretty damned silly really, but now it’s hard to imagine a day without using it. Slightly addicted? … maybe.

I now have Jeff Goins blog on my reader, but haven’t had a chance to head over there. We all have periods of discouragement and being overwhelmed, as life often does get in the way and you never know what is coming … so yes, showing up for the work is most important.

Thanks, Erin.

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Erin Feldman December 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Hi Craig,

I have the same problem with Twitter. I started off thinking the whole thing was silly, too, yet it’s become one of my favorite social networks. How things change.

Erin
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Craig McBreen December 16, 2011 at 6:37 pm

We are all becoming Twitter junkies ;)

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Adrienne December 16, 2011 at 7:23 pm

You smart devil you, asking those questions to get those conversations going. What a great job you’ve done with this post too Craig.

So why did I start blogging? Because I was told to! Yeah I know, long story so I won’t bore you with the details. But, I use my blog mainly as a marketing tool. I don’t make any money from it but I use it to build relationships which I know some will lead to other ventures, some partnership and maybe some business partners.

I do some affiliate marketing and am mostly involved in network marketing at the moment. I have two training sites I maintain so I don’t spend my days on Facebook or Twitter. I pop in first thing in the morning, a short time during the day and then at night as I’m trying to close things up.

It’s funny but I’ve had two people get furious at me because I didn’t stay on Twitter and “chat” with them all day so they blocked me. Imagine that! I guess it must be nice to have absolutely nothing to do with your days but play online.

Thanks Craig and hope you’ve enjoyed your week. Looking forward to a fun weekend I hope. Take care!
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Craig McBreen December 17, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Hi Adrienne,

They are questions I wanted answers to and boy am I getting some great answers! Thanks for your details here, appreciate it!

I’d love to hear the additional details. :)

It’s amazing how quickly you can form business partnerships online. I never thought that would come so quickly, but it is. Another great thing about this realm.

I haven’t been obsessing about my email list because I’m so new to this, but it the numbers do get up there, I can start thinking about this blog in a different way. It sure looks like you have a great model.

If someone is getting furious at your for not handing out Tweeting all day, well they have some other issues, don’t ya think? I mean, c’mon. Right now, I’m really working to limit by time on Twitter especially. Getting much better at drifting in and out only when time allows.

Been a great weekend so far. Hope yours is great! Thanks again for stopping by, Adrienne.

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John Sherry December 16, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Blogging was a full time commitment for me Craig until recently but I found it too intense a world – you almost develop a mania to post, leave comments across the web, be active on Twitter and Facebook saying, ‘I’m here, look at me and what I’ve written’, and get anxious if you’re away from the online world for a while in case you’re missing something or someone is missing you meaning you lose your big break (never true by the way).
Then I moved to live by the sea and regained perspective. Now I want to develop my intuitive sports coaching and be directly WITH poeple and have a life that’s not got an ‘i’ or ‘www’ in front of it. The crazy paradox is social media can be anything but social for your own life….and sanity. Right, I’m going offline now for a good book and an even better wine!! Ta ra a bit.
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Craig McBreen December 17, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Hi John,

Blogging can be pretty intense, and yes, mania is a great word to describe the feeling that can overtake you. Honestly, there is way too much to do and you really need to be diligent about managing your time, every day. I’m learning as I go. ;)

Moving to live by the sea sounds like a nice plan to me. :) Love the 100% Champions site and what you done over there. Love the videos too!

I agree that social can get out of hand. It’s been great for me so far, but hey I’m still in the growth stage.

Going offline for some good wine. Well I did that last night shortly after you left your comments. :)

Thanks, John. Appreciate the visit!

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Al Smith December 17, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Another great post Craig. I never thought i would have a blog or even a website. Like you, I thought twitter was a joke. Wow. It is amazing how things change. you can get sucked in though, to being on too much. I plan on getting out and doing more “in person” networking and speaking. I feel we have lost our touch with the real world sometimes. I mean, the face to face interactions, the listening and really connecting with others. The essence of CARE.

I started The CARE Movement to help improve morale in the workplace. To try and make a difference with Positive Attitude Solutions. To Inspire & Influence Positive Change. I hope to continue on this path and CARE & Share this message with as many people as possible. Thanks again for all you do Craig. Your blog is amazing. keep up the great work.

Al
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Craig McBreen December 17, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Hey Al,

Thank you, Sir! It is funny how many people initially thought Twitter was a joke. It is hard managing that time effectively and really only jumping on when you need to. Strange how alluring it is, isn’t it?

Like you, I plan on getting out and doing more in real life, especially with speaking like you. That is one of the big changes I keep hinted at. Hopefully you and I can compare notes as we go.

I think social media is great though. I don’t think it isolates us … unless we become consumed by it, then it becomes something else entirely.

Love the CARE message and I think you, Sir will be making a huge difference once you get on that speaking circuit. Apprecicate all you do too, Al. Thanks for the kind words.

I owe you a call, I know! :)

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Srinivas December 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm

This is really thought provoking topic Craig. I’m honestly kind of addicted to it all. But I think there are actually a couple of elements that make blogging addictive. It’s therapeutic. When I started I had no job, no money, no hope, and was living at home after finishing graduate school. The blog helped me get through that.

I don’t usually wonder what Chris Brogan had for breakfast ;) because I’m usually in the water before he probably even eats. But there’s a human connection that happens in the blogosphere and I think we all need that. I’d love to invite my inner circle to dinner or even a weekend of snowboarding/skiiing/surfing somewhere. That would be amazing. In fact if I do plan an event it’s going to be invite only. I think many of us don’t ask why we blog. I did it to create more opportunities for my career and I’d say it’s done that. But the why continues to evolve every single day. I see big things in your future Craig. Looking forward to our chat later this week.
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Craig McBreen December 17, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Hey Srini,

Thanks and I really did want to know these answers. Didn’t realize how many great responses I would get though. They just keep coming.

I wonder if your really addicted to it all or just immersed because it is so very important to stay on top of things with your podcast. I totally agree with you on the positive aspect of blogging though. It can be therapeutic in a way … if you manage your time and don’t spend too much time on the wrong things, like hanging out on Twitter or Facebook all day. But the positive aspects of this venture are great.

I just wonder how Chris Brogan is so prolific, he pumps out so much content. About your mornings, I imagine surfing puts you in a fantastic frame of mind for blogging though, eh?

I think this blogging realm is great and it has changed my direction. Blogging has really opened up a whole new world to me. It’s been great getting to know you, Srini. I appreciate the kind words and yes, really looking forward to our chat.

Thanks, man!

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Stuart December 17, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Hi Craig,

Ah, the conundrum of social media – are we doing too much of it? Do we need more? Where do we draw the line? Which platforms do we use? What’s upcoming that will be the next big thing? And so on…

Bottom line is, social media is a tool that serves you. It does not choose you, you choose it. Therefore, jumping into social media for social media’s sake is not wise at all. To someone new to this game, I would strongly suggest finding out which social media platforms their readers most frequently use. If there is a clear one or two platforms available, go with those. Don’t bother with any others.

Great reading Craig, well done :-)
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Craig McBreen December 18, 2011 at 12:50 am

Stuart,

I can be a challenge if you don’t manage your time, but of course you might then say, am I not doing enough, as you’ve mentioned here. Arggg, huh? ;)

Nice point there Mr. Mills. It seems to me that good old Twitter is the platform of choice for most that read here, but this is my own speculative, unscientific analysis, so I could be wrong. I’m not on Facebook and Google Plus hasn’t gained much traction, so beyond the blog I’m mostly on Twitter. At this point, I’m not sure if being on Facebook is even necessary, but some might disagree.

Thanks and appreciate the visit.

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Melanie Kissell December 18, 2011 at 6:05 am

Here’s the severity of my social media addiction:

If I awaken on Saturday mornings and immediately turn my computer on …

No housework, laundry, grocery shopping, bill paying, car washing, or any other “real world” priorities will get tackled. Instead, I’ll get sucked into the vortex and I’m hooked!

So …
I have to force myself (make a conscious decision) to go nowhere near my computer until my checklist of duties is completed. All the while, I’m chanting “The social media world will still keep spinning on its axis if I’m not participating.”

“If you have a day job, how do you manage and why do you blog?”

I’m a single mom, Craig, and I’ve got three part time jobs offline. No, I’m not a workaholic or a crazy fool. I simply do whatever it takes to keep the lights on at home and the refrigerator stocked. Having gas in the tank helps, too, so I can travel to work. :)

The majority of my blog posts have been crafted between the hours of 2:00 and 4:00 A.M. I oftentimes get a proverbial “second wind” after I get in from my night job.

Otherwise, I blog and chime in on social media conversations (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) in the morning before I take off for work, on the weekends following household chores, errands, etc., and in the middle of the night — when most logical-thinking people are getting some shuteye.

“Is a passive income stream fact or fiction?”

Depends on who you ask. LOL!
At the moment, it definitely feels like “fiction”. I know it can be done. But passive income is so far on the other end of the spectrum right now, I can’t even see it.

I think Chris Brogan’s wife writes his posts. ;)
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Craig McBreen December 21, 2011 at 12:37 am

Hi Melanie,

Oh, yes it’s so easy to get completely sucked in, isn’t it?

Forcing yourself to only engage at certain times is really the only way, otherwise this stuff will eat you alive … well, it’ll eat up that precious time.

Wow, three part-time jobs. In this economy you’re certainly not alone. But you obviously have tenacity and resilience going at it at 2:00 and 4:00 a.m., but like you said, a “second wind” can push you through.

I’m not on Twitter during the midnight hours, but that’s because I have to get ready for my day job. If I did that night after night, it would certainly take a toll on me. You never know though, maybe I’ll get so obsessed I’ll be there at all hours of the morning … when I doze off sitting up and my forehead hits the keyboard (thwack!) I’ll know it’s time to quit. We’ll see :)

About the passive income thing. Well, it’s elusive for me at the moment as well, but there are certainly other ways to turn this into something more than a hobby.

Chris Brogan’s wife, huh? :)

Thanks so much for the great comments, Melanie!

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Melanie Kissell December 21, 2011 at 9:00 am

” … there are certainly other ways to turn this into something more than a hobby.”

Yes, indeedy! And I’m working on that as we speak. ;)
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Craig McBreen December 21, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Hi Melanie,

Me too ;)

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Melanie Kissell December 21, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Birds of a feather! :)
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Craig McBreen December 22, 2011 at 1:20 am

I still feel like a rookie, but working on turning it all into something more :)

donnam13 December 20, 2011 at 2:44 am

I started bloggging as an outlet years ago with Live Journal and got bored quickly by it. It turned into a social media site and popularity contest rather than a standard blogging platform – but then I found FB and Twitter and Wordpress and was able to separate my blog from my social media.

I started personal blogging, then I started a blog for my charity project, and then a new blog for my business which is all things music – reviews, artist interviews, cd reviews, how to for bands, musing on the state of the music industry etc. My personal blog morphed to attach to my music site – and I blog from the road too with backstage and behind the scenes photos (no text) on my ‘road diaries’ blog.

I’m a born writer – I’m long winded :) Twitter has taught me to chop things down and edit edit edit! As for blogging for money and making a living off it – I honestly dont know anyone who can make a living from blogging – unless the site is litered with adverts which give them the income they need. I think we do it for the love of creating content, or sharing experiences. And yes I’m hooked :)
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Craig McBreen December 21, 2011 at 12:55 am

Hi Donna,

Thanks for the visit!

Love the name of your all things music site :) I guess behind the scenes photos and ‘road diaries’ can get pretty interesting, huh? I’ll have to check out the details.

Hey, if you’re long winded just let it loose on your blog, I sure do :) But yeah, Twitter certainly teaches you to be concise. I still have trouble getting my messages into that 140-character limit.

Blogging and making money is elusive for many, but there are certainly people out there who have it down to a science. We need to pick their brains.

Thanks so much for stopping by and yes, I’m hooked as well, Donna. :)

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Samantha Bangayan January 1, 2012 at 11:13 pm

I really appreciate you asking these questions and having me reflect on this Craig! It’s a good time for me to be thinking about this too as I start to new year still wondering where all my time is disappearing to. =P I started blogging to keep in touch with family and friends back home during my adventures in Peru, but I soon realized the value of how blogs could be conversations and began providing as much value as I could while reflecting on my life in South America.

Recently, my efforts have turned into a couple consulting opportunities and I continue blogging/participating in social media as more of a hobby.

Nevertheless, I do want to try and find a better balance in my life. I think that I’m only drowning right now because I still have catching up to do, but if I have a better schedule and with the right smartphone, I think I can make this work for me. =)

Here’s to an amazing new year and thanks so much for being a part of 2012 with me, Craig! =)
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Craig McBreen January 2, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Hi Samantha,

Yes, this time-suck we call social can certainly take over our lives. I really appreciate bloggers like you, because I can learn so much more about a part of the world I’ve never been to. Very cool and wish I would have started communicating with people via social media earlier. Will have to make up for lost time.

Glad you found some new opportunities because of this. That’s great news.

Yes, here’s to an amazing new year. Thanks, Samantha!

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Hajra January 6, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Hey Craig,

I finally made it to your blog!

So, here’s my story! I started blogging when I was unemployed! Really, I had way too much time and just didn’t know what to do besides reading, watching movies – I actually watched 99 movies in 2 weeks! ;)

But a new job didn’t stop me from blogging. I just loved being here and continued! Though I haven’t really decided “why” I do what I do but I love it and am going to do what I do.

Though, I don’t let it consume me. Yes, I still am the laziest blogger in town, I don’t have a schedule; sometimes I might be everywhere, sometimes it takes a lot of emails to drag me into the virtual world! :)

So there you go, am I most miserable blogger or what ;)

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Craig McBreen January 7, 2012 at 1:11 am

Hajra,

Well thanks so much for the visit. I’ve seen you at Dorman’s place. :)

You know what? I could watch 99 movies in two weeks, so I guess we both share a love of movies.

I think the great majority of bloggers haven’t figured out the “why,” but it’s a bit of a sorting out process. As you see from my latest post, I’m still working on it. ;) Glad to know you are not stopping.

If you don’t let it consume you, you’ve won. Congrats. That is half the battle. Have you read Danny Brown’s philosophy on scheduling? He’s written about posting when you are ready to post and you certainly can’t argue with his success.

Sounds to me like you’re in for the long-haul and having fun. :)

Thanks so much for the visit!

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