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So I’m totally getting into this whole social networking thing. tons of twittering and facebooking and trying to blog more than once a month and following other tweeters and reading other people’s blogs and just generally really getting out there and socializing and networking!

here’s the thing, though: i’m doing it all by staring at my laptop or iphone. I’m doing it instead of actually having conversations with human people that happen to be nearby.

which leads to my question – is it social networking, or asocial behavior? maybe a little of both?

i get that you gotta do it if you want to promote your book, and i’m getting a kick out of meeting new people with similar interests (if you can call reading words on a screen meeting someone). but i gotta admit, it worries me a little. i’m already addicted to my email. i don’t want to become addicted to facebook and twitter and blogging too. then i will truly and completely be alone. but with thousands of new friends!



  1. June 8th, 2011


    it’s all a balancing act, I think. I try to limit my twitter-time every day to a certain number of hours. and then I have my email on my cell phone, so I can just OCDly check it when I’m out with friends *cough* er, I mean… bad. that is bad. don’t do that.
    also, I really like scheduling blog posts. I can write all the posts for a week on the weekend, and that leaves me more time for other things during the week! 🙂

  2. June 9th, 2011


    define “a certain number of hours.” 2? or 23?

  3. June 8th, 2011

    Caragh M. O'Brien

    Tommy ~
    Trust your worries, my friend. You’re already telling yourself you don’t want to be addicted and alone. Go chill with some lemonade and a real life friend, go write your best book ever, and drop back in when it’s fun again.
    Now back to my characters.
    All best,

  4. June 9th, 2011


    i love lemonade! espcially frozen. say hi to your characters for me. best, tg

  5. July 4th, 2011

    PK Hrezo

    It’s crazy isn’t it?? It’s like this whole other world existing outside of the real world. It’s good and bad. It does make you wonder what the next few generations will be like … social etiquette and comfort levels in person will be interesting to see.

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