I’m beginning to think I may be spending a tad too much time at the computer. It’s true as a writer, for much of my day I am staring at my computer screen. This in itself is not the problem. It’s also true that when I am not writing, most of the people with whom I interact are sitting at their computers as well. Somewhere else. Often in another part of the country, or world. I don’t see this as a problem. We live in a global context, no loner isolated by geography. And I can interact with people via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Empire Avenue, Skype and a myriad of other social media type applications any time of the day or night. And I do.
The thought that I might be spending too much time online came to me upon reflection of a reaction I had to an email I received. Just to give you a bit of background, the email was in response to a submission I wrote about conducting social media literacy workshops for authors. It was along the lines of showcasing the technological options available to authors who wished to publish and promote eBooks themselves. I’m aware that not everyone is familiar or comfortable with emerging technologies, and the workshop was along the lines of what I already do with high school students in my role as eLiteracy Consultant.
Anecdotally I know there are people who wish to publish and promote eBooks in an attempt to get their work out there, but are not necessarily comfortable enough with the technology to do so themselves. There are people who will do it for you, but their services come at a cost. And with a bit of know-how it is reasonably easy to do it yourself. Fear of the unfamiliar is the greatest inhibitor. Most authors know it is a changing world, and even if you are published by a ‘mainstream’ publisher it is increasingly necessary to play a role in your own marketing―online! I would have thought there’d be a fair amount of interest in such a workshop.
The email response to my proposal was to say that there was no demand for a workshop relating to ePublishing or social media.
My only reaction was this:
That was all. No words, no other thoughts. Just the image. It wasn’t until later when I was walking the dog that I began to put words to the image thought. Yep, you guessed it, in 140 characters or fewer. Ugh!
Too much time online? Or just the concept of neuroplasticity at work? Should I be worried?