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Social media - the time sucking machine

For the last few years, I've taken a break from my art and my business. I went out into the world and got a "real" job as a teaching assistant working with kids with special needs. This was amazing work, and I learned an enormous amount about child development, the importance of parenting skills, and how I interact with the world. I am, with out a doubt, an introvert. When I go out in public, whether it's to the store, a show, or a family gathering, I feel my energy being drained away, and afterward I need time alone to recharge myself. I attribute this to my innately calm nature; without even trying, I sooth people. I often have people I've never met before stand very close to me, and tell me I have good energy, or that I make them feel at ease. So you can imaging what it was like in the classroom for me! Lots of children clamoring for my attention, and I would be completely exhausted by the end of the day. I had intended to be able to play with my art in the evenings and on the weekends, but found I didn't have the time or the energy to do so. Now, I'm back in my studio full time, starting to put the business end back together, and I'm finding that I'm way out of the loop with regards to website maintenance and social media marketing. Holy cow, everything is different. It seems like every single little thing I need to do, I have to google it first, or maybe watch a video, in order to accomplish it. Wow, is this taking up a lot of my time. I'm hoping that if I front load this online marketing endeavor with a lot of energy and time, that I'll be able to coast a bit, when it's all rolling. A pipe dream? Maybe. But I'm willing to put in the effort and see what happens. I'd love to hear what other's experiences are with this! Thanks for reading, North

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