Hump Day Help: Coping with a social media world

socialmedia (left)I know it’s hard to think on Wednesday afternoons, and I’m here to help. This series features articles you may have missed & centres around a different topic each week, allowing you to re-focus, re-centre, and find a little inspiration on that nagging issue you’ve been wrangling with.

The big picture

I’m OK, You’re OK: Social Friendship and Gut Instincts

There’s a lot of brouhaha about how texting, social media, and a generally digitized world is ruining people’s ability to communicate and form deep, meaningful connections with each other. Lindsay Bell over at Spin Sucks disagrees. She makes a good case for gut instincts being as relevant today as they’ve ever been.

Twelve Habits of Happy, Healthy People Who Don’t Give a Shit About Your Inner Peace

You know how every post about “12 ways to be happy and healthy” features an image of a skinny blonde on a beach? Yeah, Katherine over at “I Am Begging My Mother Not To Read This Blog” noticed that too. Seriously, this is a great read for a little perspective in a world where we’re bombarded by self-help advice hourly through social media.

Working Absurd Hours is not a Badge of Honour

I wish more people understood this. In communications, there’s a tendency to think that including social media in your strategy means being at work 24/7, but as Adam Singer points out, a culture of working longer hours is “ridiculous because people not interested in their work will always find a way to waste time, and for your productive, A-list employees there are human limits to how long they can work and be effective.”

On a practical note

Blogging Strategy as it Relates to Building Relationships

One of the positive things about living in a social media world is the return to a focus on the importance of relationships. Ted Rubin outlines a few practical ways to make sure your blog also helps you engage your readers.

Fifteen Reasons Digital Marketing Works for Us…and Not For You

Another great post by Gini Dietrich over at Spin Sucks. This list is a concise reminder of the sorts of things you need to pay attention to if you want to make your digital marketing endeavours successful.

Your turn

What do you think about living in a world where we’re expected to be connected through social media? How do you cope?