Hi, Heartwarming authors and readers!
As the Associate Editor for Heartwarming, I’ve been lucky to work with many of you and am looking forward to growing our author base even further. The enthusiasm and commitment you’ve shown is inspiring and I’m very impressed by the quality of posts and comments on this blog. I have to admit I’m a little nervous to follow so many great bloggers.
Coming up with a topic was especially challenging—I’ve been a bit distracted by vacation planning with my sister who lives on the other side of the country. Like most sisters, we have a lot of similarities, but we don’t see eye to eye on everything. (She’s the all-inclusive resort girl and I’m the hut on a beach girl.) And it’s pretty tough to make decisions with someone who’s in a different time zone.
I don’t know how we’d manage at all without email and texting. But, while online communication is helpful, I’ve also found it overwhelming. I like to research before making decisions, and every hotel has thousands of reviews ranging from HATED IT! To HEAVEN ON EARTH! I can get caught up reading, and before I know it two hours have gone by.
All this got me thinking about social media and connecting with people in ways we were never able to before. When I work at home, I stay away from social media and only check my email a few times a day. While I value the focused work time, I find it a bit lonely. The truth is that I need the social connections and structure that going to the office provides. Just greeting my coworkers in the hallway or chatting while waiting for coffee to brew gives my day more interest and meaning. And talking to my authors on the phone is like chatting with friends. These are the connections that make my work joyful.
I always imagined writing to be a very solitary profession. Today, though, writers are able to share their days, ideas and stories in a way they were never able to before. Is this helpful, or just an irresistible distraction? How does being able to connect with others online during the day affect or inform your work? Do you get inspiration from Pinterest? Is the lure of Twitter just another way to procrastinate or does it give you that vital social connection you crave when working alone? How do you balance getting your work done with being online?
I find now that more of my work is on-screen it’s getting harder to avoid checking email. Is it only a matter of time before I’m swept up by the Twitterverse?