We like blogs. Obviously. They serve a pretty great purpose along with lots of other social media platforms: creating a network of like-minded, kindred spirits… knitting us into a community where we can learn from and support each other in our otherwise lonely creative endeavors.

BUT, there is a dark side to the blog & social media world, and I’ve certainly felt its force. I’ll bet you’ve felt it too. The effect  goes something like this:

“I could work on that sticky scene of my book I’ve been putting off… OR, I could just quickly hop onto my blog and check the stats. Oh, and while I’m at it, I’ll just sneak a quick peak at facebook in case a few more “likes” have come in. And come to think of it, I haven’t uploaded any new images to Instagram in days now, so…”

And at the end of the day, when you finally look at your blank story page through screen-blearied eyes, you despondently ask yourself, “Where did the day go?” Then, drained of creative energy, you shut it down & wait for another, more inspired opportunity. Again.

Are you familiar with this vicious cycle? Have you felt the power of the Dark Side of Blogging/ Social Media? and if you have wrestled with it, have you found a healthy balance between blogging & actually writing your book?

If so, PLEASE SHARE! This is one time we could all make the most of the Light Side of the our social networks to help one another in the fight to write better. Let’s get chatting!

And just for fun, here’s a little video clip about the addictive POWER of social media over your brain (ie. your most important writing instrument!): http://writerscircle.com/social-media-brain/