Myra Faye Turner, Writer
Here's one of my pet peeves. I hate people who follow me on Twitter and then unfollow me a day or two later because I don't follow them back. I mean, what exactly is the follow protocol? Do I have to follow every single person who follows me as a courtesy? Even if I have absolutely no interest in their tweets?
I'm sorry but I have enough actual people that I follow, I don't have time to follow fake followers or people who obviously are simply trying to get their numbers up. I have a few other hard and fasts rules about whether I will follow someone who follows me first.
I will normally follow all writers who follow me. I like to support my fellow wordsmiths and this is a great way to network on a global scale. Next, I won't follow anyone who mentions buying Twitter followers in their profile or on their background. This is a definite no-no. I hate fake followers and anyone who advocates buying followers. These people I block right away.
I also don't follow people who tweet a lot of nonsense or foolishness. I shy away from too much profanity. I figure I curse enough so I don't want to read your *&(@# - filled tweets. I also generally won't follow anyone with too many followers because I figure most of the followers are fake. My son says I'm crazy but I feel like if you have 150 k followers and you're following 120 k people and you're just an average Joe... something's not right here.
When I first dipped my toe in the social media water, I followed every one who followed me. Now, I make sure I read a few tweets before I decide to return the favor. After all, I definitely don't want to follow someone who tweets out a bunch of stuff I don't agree with.
I average around 400 followers and that's okay with me. If I follow you, I'm actually interested in what you have to say and there's no way I can keep track with my feed if I had thousands of followers. To me , it's not about the quantity of my followers, it's about the quality.
(Okay, if you're a real person, feel free to follow me @msmyrafaye. I'll probably follow back...unless you're one of the above-referenced people!)
I admit it. Working from home during the summer months when my son is also home from school is a challenge. My normal routine is interrupted because I don't have to get up early to take him to school and I don't have those precious, quiet and uninterrupted hours to work during the day. Instead, invariably, I end of staying up late at night and sleeping late the next morning. The time in between is spent trying to cram as much work as I can into my day. I previous talked about getting my email under control, which was previously a big time waster and left me often less productive during the day. I've found other ways to get more out of my day during the summer months.
First, I plan my day the night before. Now, I'm not necessarily one of those people who thrive on making lists but I have found that at least have a plan in place before I sit down to work, helps me to better make it through the hot summer months, when I don't have as much uninterrupted time to work. I try to plan at least 3-5 tasks that I need to accomplish and then when I finish them, time permitting. I can go on and work on something else. Or if I feel like knocking off, that's okay to. Which brings me to another point. I make sure I don't plan too much during the summer because, heck, I know I'm not going to finish it probably, which only leads to frustration. So , as I said, I plan maybe 3-5 tasks a day.
Finally, I like to take a day "off" each week. This off day is a day where I don't plan any tasks and I try to keep my workload to a minimum on that day...maybe just check my email once or twice. I like to use this day to catch up my reading or simply to chill out and relax. I also make sure to take some summer vacation time...generally two weeks off. Let's face it, if I was working a "regular" job, I would have vacation time, so why should working for yourself be any different? During my vacation, I don't do any work, except check email. I usually take one week, instead of the entire two weeks together.
Following these steps, I have found that I can still get some work done during the summer, but also have some time off.