Social Media is Stealing Your Writing Time

How will article 13 affect writers?

How many of us ignored our loved ones, to post on social media?

Come the strike of midnight on 2019, I was sat watching my other half try to take a selfie with a snapchat filter.  

I had to sit there and wait for her to finish before I could wish her Happy New Year.

I was fuming, in my head, I was the only person who was being ignored, for social media. Then I got a grip of myself and realised that all around the planet there were people being ignored.  People who had seen 2019 in, with a phone in hand.  People who were fighting for a signal, so they could post to social media.

Why do we spend all our time on social media?  

As writers, we could be spending our time polishing our manuscripts. Instead, we spent the time absently scanning social media. 

Now full disclosure, I have social media. Apart from Facebook, all my social media is linked to my writing business. The only account I have a personal profile on is Facebook. This is so my parents can see their grandchild grow up.

Out of my work profiles only, Twitter (my favourite) and Instagram do I post to. All the others are automated from my website.  I write an article and WordPress does the rest. 

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So why are we losing our soul to these applications? Why do we communicate with people via a box rather than having real conversations?  

To a certain extent, social media uses the same techniques as fruit machines. The bright colour, the attractive look, all help to draw us in. Then there is the chance of winning, in social media terms gaining a viral post.  

The chance of getting thousands of followers and likes keeps us coming back for more. We crave recognition from others, we have never met.  

Parents are so eager to capture their child’s first steps on camera they actually miss the event. 

Are you hoping to raise the next leader of the free world?  Then they are not going to be best pleased when the video of their first bath appears on the election campaign.

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How will Article 13 Affect Us As Writers

Article 13, is progressing through the European Parliament as we speak.

For all those that yell but we are going through Brexit, it wouldn’t make any difference.  As the majority of social media companies are hosted outside the UK, this will still apply to us. 

The Directive on Copyright places more responsibility on websites such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to make sure that copyrighted material isn’t being illegally shared on their platforms

https://www.wired.co.uk

Put basically, If your video or podcast contains music, Do you have the right to share that music?

Not surprising social media giants are scared. Led by Youtube, a #SaveYourInternet campaign has been started. As with all social media, the scaremongering and false information is massive, to get people to react.  

The good point for writers, however, comes with the link section of the legislation. If you are lucky enough to be quoted directly by a news channel, then sites have to recognise the original author. On some occasions, they may even pay for permission to use your articles. 

Finally

Social media is a huge marketing tool for writers.  However, you have to have a product to market.  If you spent all your time on social media your writing will suffer.

  • Give Your Soul a Holiday.
  • Put the phone down.
  • Go out into the fresh air.

Your writing will benefit from it.

Writing should always be a writers first priority.

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