That’s me. Oversensitive. And online interactions are fraught with heartache, let me tell you.
But I feel the need to be online, for the sake of my book-selling efforts. And also as a support system for my writing, which no one in my real life knows about still. (someday I’ll tell… I’m working up my nerve)
For insecure writer’s support group day, I thought I would post about this, because maybe some other people are like me (and also because this is my diary-blog and I’ll post about whatever I want).
Here are some of the things I try to remind myself while swimming the perilous waters of facebook and other social media sites:
That passive-aggressive status update wasn’t directed at you. It surely was directed at someone, but chances are good it wasn’t you. Calm down.
Okay, so they didn’t “like” your comment, that doesn’t mean they don’t like you. Unless they liked every other comment in the thread, no matter how asinine or brief, except for yours. Then they probably don’t like you.
Have you even been outside today? Really, get your ass out of the chair and stop obsessing about what these people think of you. Go out into the real world. walk the dog, weed the garden, DO something real.
Maybe they just didn’t see it? Okay, so no one commented on your photo/status/post. Not everyone sees your stuff.
This person isn’t your friend. Stop. Just stop. They never respond, they never comment on your photos/posts, and they never visit your blog? Let it go. Stop posting comments on their blog/page/photos. Unfollow them. They probably don’t follow you, anyway.
Shouldn’t you really be writing? Get off facebook, don’t stop at tumblr, and no one sent you an e-mail in the past ten minutes. Go write!
What about you, fellow insecure writers? What do you tell yourself while on social media? Am I the only person who takes everything so seriously?