I posted a video from YouTube a few days ago. I posted it on my personal facebook profile and on my Writer's Page - which automatically posts it to twitter as well. I was surprised at how little response it generated. I have no way of knowing how many people bothered to look at it, nor how many saw it and scrolled right on by as they looked at their homepages. But it made me wonder. Am I wasting my time with all this "social networking" ?
My facebook profile shows that I have 169 Friends and my Writer's Page says that 90 people Like this. My twitter account says I have 137 followers. Out of all these potential lookers, there were only 4 comments and 4 likes, with 3 of those being the same people. Does this mean that most people just don't take the time to click 'like' or make a comment - even if they are actually reading and not just scrolling?
It's not like I was the creator of that video or anything. But what it had to say in such a short amount of time was absolutely astounding. ( 1 minute and 47 seconds) As a writer it showed me how important words can be, and as a human it showed me there is yet hope in this world of ours.
Perhaps waking up to another dreary, gray day has dampened my outlook on social networking. When I looked at today's weather on my computer it said: drizzle. Now they have upgraded it to: Overcast. Yay.
Perhaps I am spending too much energy wondering why people don't care enough to interact within this social networking world. Or maybe I am spending too much time clicking like on my friends updates and videos and photos and quotes - making comments when I am moved by something they have posted or Blogged. Lets face it - it is hard to keep up with all of it.
Looking up right now at my Google reader notifier, it says I have 30 blogs to read and my Google mail checker says there are 20 emails, some of which will be Blogs I have subscribed to from WordPress. That's not counting both of my facebook account updates, twitter tweets, nor my Writer's Circle group posts.
I think I am trying too hard. And when so few people interact back, I tend to take it personally. Or, like I mentioned earlier, perhaps it's just the bleak day. It is only 29 degrees. And did I mention how gray, bleak, drizzly and overcast it is? Oh, I just looked outside. It's snowing. Sideways.
In case any of you missed it, and are interested in the video that got me started on all of this...here it is:
There are over 3 Million hits on this video. 3,700,755 to be exact.
What did you think the woman wrote? Were you surprised? How did the video make you feel?
And now I am going to get off of all the social networks and spend some time editing and writing. That always makes me feel better, no matter what's going on outside. Not to mention the great feeling that comes with knowing I am not wasting my time!
As always, thanks for reading!