My Relationship With Social Media is Like… ~Beyond the Books

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Social media and I are fickle friends.

I fell like I have a great handle on posting about my site, but I am not really good at making actual contacts on social media. I do stalk follow people on social media. If I subscribed to your site, chances are I follow you in other places. I saw your status update about your mom and those cute pictures of your dog. I see you are frustrated with our presidential picks. I am nodding in agreement with you. I am a stalker. *hangs head in shame*

I am not very active on social media. Maybe it is because I am famous for typos, or because 140 characters is not enough to retort without sounding snarky. I find trying to engage with people awkward at best. It is a horrible feeling to send something out to social media and get crickets. I mean, I know people, but I don’t have much to say as I am going about my day. I don’t think people would really care about my glamorous life (or maybe they would and then they would be so jealous that it would drive them crazy, or some such shit. either way it is not worth the effort).

Here are the social media outlets I currently use and a short description of how we interact:

I LOVE you, but I am so shy around you. I loose so much time ogling your stuff. You are that hot guy I want to notice me.


It’s not you, it’s me. You look good, but your IQ is too low for me to be serious about you. I’ll call you when I need a booty call. (i call often but i don’t want a relationship)


I don’t like you anymore. We have nothing in common.


You are just too nice for a girl like me. Let’s just be awkward when we see each other in social situations or really great acquaintances.


You aren’t interesting enough to waste time on. I fell asleep last time we talked.


We have dated a few times, but I still don’t know you enough to know if I want to get serious.


Why are you trying so hard to be like my significant other (my blog). Honestly, you pale in comparison.


I only want you to make me look good in front of my parents (aka i only use you for family)


goodreadsI am just using you for your car (or money or social status). It think you are really nice though.


Most of my issues with social media (other than awkwardness with strangers) is that I don’t have time for it. I used to be on social media much more. Honestly, I am frickin busy right now! Reading blogs/commenting, reading books, and blogging take up all of my internet time. I would make time if someone reached out to me. I view every tag I get on social media. I am too weird to make the first move though.

How’s your relationship with social media?


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By | 2017-12-16T10:23:33+00:00 Thursday, July 21, 2016|Beyond the Books|18 Comments

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Mother, Lover, Writer, Reviewer, Social Media Princess. Karen has been a blogger since 2010. She is a US Army veteran, a medical professional, and the mother of four. Karen is the owner of That Book Store llc. She reviews books and shares mind vomit for this blog in her 'spare' time. Karen lives in New England.


  1. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
    July 21, 2016 at 11:40 am - Reply

    I struggle with social media partly because I feel tapped out time-wise as it is and it just feels like one more thing to do. There are times I like twitter but it can get so overwhelming. And Facebook makes me angry so I try to avoid it. I’m loving Litsy right now which is kind of like instagram but book focused and everyone and their brother isn’t posting pictures of their meal or their dog (not that I have anything against dog pictures. I’d prefer them to about 90% of what I see on Facebook). My one true blue is the one you don’t like – Pinterest! I get so many recipes for there though I don’t really use it for social media. Great post!
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  2. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight
    July 21, 2016 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    BWHAHAH this made me chuckle! I love it! I agree with you for most of these tbh! This sums my relationship with Facebook up completely too- “Let’s just be awkward when we see each other in social situations” YES, so much yes. ANd I feel like some of this shit it’s like… I am too old to be bothered with (Snapchat) OR I am just so, so over (Pinterest). I do like Twitter because that is where the book community spends time. And Tumblr I TOTALLY agree with… except for when I am looking up stuff about The 100, because that is where all The 100 info is 😉
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    • Karen Blue
      July 22, 2016 at 7:41 am - Reply

      I think tumblr has it’s uses. I don’t usually go there, but I do like looking at author’s tumblr pages when I am gathering links for them. I have a bunch of acquaintances on Snapchat, oh and my daughter sends me funnies she makes throughout her day. I am conflicted on Twitter because some say it should be just book related, and I want to talk about stupid shit on there. Idk anything about anything. Thanks for chiming in!

  3. La La in the Library July 22, 2016 at 12:48 am - Reply

    I haven’t played too well with Twitter as if late because there are some bloggers who hate it when you don’t agree with them. Sometimes they will gather mobs to beat you down, and these types can be very rude. The last time I disagreed on Twitter I was called a “delusional pig”, ha ha. Two days later someone tweeted that they were sick of seeing my “crap” in their Twitter feed. I told them that it would be a good idea to unfollw me then. Heh. When I first joined Twitter it was pretty nice, but then the stupid people figured out how to use it! I have a personal Twitter account aside from my blogging account because I know other book bloggers don’t want to be spammed with Harry Potter, figure skating, and about my grocery shopping trips. Most bloggers don’t post a lot of IRL info and I am fine with “my kid has a cold” or “my car broke down”, but a blow by blow account of little bobby’s vomiting and diarrhea for 48 hours, and the screen shots of all 20 car repair estimates they got are a little too much. I wonder if they know that most of the bloggers who follow them have muted them by now and are not seeing any of the book info they tweet? Tumbler is the only place I don’t get annoyed, but it is also… so… boring. I love Facebook, for the most part, now that Trump and FBs new habit of showing me things my friends have liked have revealed the closet bigots and racists, and I have unfriended them. I have a pretty like-minded group on there now and it is nice I must say. I like seeing what my old high school and college buds are doing. I would love to bookstagram, but I don’t have a camera phone, and the Kindle Fire tablet cameras SUCK even the one on my son”s huge one. There is no proper Amazon IG app for it either, only for the Fire phone. I wonder if there is a computer app? Anyway, if you want to interact on Twitter just jump in, or tag me. 🙂
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    • Karen Blue
      July 22, 2016 at 7:49 am - Reply

      I dislike all the political crap. I don’t care what people think, I know I will be voting for the one who supports veterans, since I am one and work very closely with vets in my community. I am not a bigot or a racist, so that doesn’t apply to everyone supporting Trump.(i have loads gay friends and i support their rights) I just HATE Clinton. Like seriously, HATE! She will say anything to get voters. I want change and not another 4 years of Obama policies.
      I don’t keep up with any of my old friends or relatives on FB. I have a personal account, but I haven’t updated that for over a year (mostly cuz exs there want to harass me). I hope you get a better camera soon taking pictures is fun, seeing a whole website devoted to them, not so much.

      • La La in the Library July 22, 2016 at 9:53 am - Reply

        I don’t discuss po!litics on my blog Twitter, so you don’t have to worry about that. I was called a “delusional pig” over a book! Ha ha. Some book bloggers are vicious. XD
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  4. Let's Get Beyond Tolerance July 22, 2016 at 1:56 am - Reply

    I’m on a variety of social media, but I probably use Twitter the most when it comes to posting and/or talking to people. I check Facebook to see what’s happening or to keep in touch here and there, but I don’t use it a ton. I use Pinterest more if I’m trying to find something but not on a regular basis. I like Tumblr for just funny things. I don’t really ever post; I just repost things that are cute or funny. haha Umm…what else? I’m pretty new to Instagram. I want to use it more, but mostly just because I like taking pictures and I finally have a phone that has a camera. I was way behind on getting an iPhone. lol

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    • Karen Blue
      July 22, 2016 at 7:51 am - Reply

      I think taking pictures is loads more fun then seeing other people’s, is it just me? I recently got an iphone too after years of samsung, its different. I mostly use social media for funny stuff as well. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Charlie @ Girl of 1000 Wonders
    July 22, 2016 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    I also don’t have much time for social media. Facebook is the main one I use. I don’t interact on Goodreads or Twitter – only for my reviews and automatic posts of what goes up on my blog. I can get lost in a wormhole on Pinterest, so I really limit how much time I spend there and how often. About once a week or so I post a photo on Instagram and scroll through (mostly bookstagrams). And that’s all I use.

  6. Valerie July 22, 2016 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    I also basically have NO TIME for many of these. Usually I stay on Twitter, Tumblr (I use it a lot hahaha), and sometimes Instagram. I’m never on Facebook, just on the messenger app that comes with it. Other than that. Eh. I don’t really say much of anything, except when I’m writing on my own blog. BECAUSE YOU’RE RIGHT! Commenting and writing posts takes up so much time, it’s crazy!!
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  7. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews
    July 24, 2016 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Twitter and FB are my main social media places where I hang out and interact with other people / bloggers. I have an instagram account, too, but I don’t use it only for my books, so maybe I’m doing it wrong? I post dog pics there every now and then, too. Or if I have a really yummy-looking meal in a restaurant, I’ll share that 😀
    I usually hang out with the same people on Twitter all the time, though… so I have like-minded people to chat with there. And I also am not at all afraid to butt into other people’s convos.
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    • Karen Blue
      July 26, 2016 at 7:47 am - Reply

      I don’t think you are doing Instagram wrong, I post other stuff there, cause I am not just a bookworm. You are really good on social media, I see you there and stalk you as well. I have tried to butt into conversations, but I am not always successful at getting any interaction. Oh well.

  8. Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings
    July 24, 2016 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    Ha! Oh my days, all social media makes me feel like a dog trying to figure out how to work a phone. I don’t do selfies, I don’t #feelblessed but I do love Pinterest, I have tumblr, not sure what is does but it is there.

    Social media I suppose is a bloggers necessary evil, I am partial to Instagram too and all those props some of those users have hidden away!
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    • Karen Blue
      July 26, 2016 at 7:45 am - Reply

      You are hilarious! I have a tumblr but all I do there is repost my instagram pictures (i am so creative…not). Thanks for checking out the bane of my existence on the web, lol.

  9. Verushka
    August 2, 2016 at 8:29 am - Reply

    This is the BEST! LOL! I agree with most of that, though Twitter and i are getting along much betteer than i thought I would. It helps it’s he easiest thing to work with on my ohone app.

    • Karen Blue
      August 2, 2016 at 8:55 pm - Reply

      I am a bit fickle with my attention to social media. I will spend a whole day on one, updating a lot, and then leave it for a week. Oh well. Thanks for chiming in!

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