Google+ Stay or Leave?

G+ is pretty much my only online presence other than this blog. When the blog gets a new subscriber, I have no way of knowing where they come from. Online presence is important for writers, so there’s always the fear that if you delete any of your profiles book sales will drop further. Mine are so low that I’m not sure it even makes any difference, but the thought continues to nag.

G+ may not be as dead as internet pundits declare, but it’s certainly in poor health. Even in the short time I’ve been participating there, I’ve seen the number of posts from the communities I follow drop steadily. Many of the posts are open self-promotion, and a good number of them are spammed over a large number of communities. I’ve dropped out of several communities because almost all the participation in them is about self-promotion, even though that isn’t their sole reason for existing. So is G+ even worth the small amount of time it takes to skim though, read the very few interesting posts and put one up now and then?

That question came a bit more to the forefront today when I found that my front page was occupied by three copies of an amazingly annoying book cover gif — one image jerking from side to side. I posted a comment about it, and the author politely allowed that I might want to unfriend her. She’d regret it, but… I posted another comment pointing out that I would have to also unfriend anyone who reposted it, and since at least one instance had been reposted by someone in my circles, that wasn’t just theoretical. I questioned why she thought the gif would attract more people to her book than a still image. So far, no response. But it may be the straw that makes this very tired donkey balk and say “no more.”



4 thoughts on “Google+ Stay or Leave?

  1. Your heading scared the life out of me: I thought you were going to stop writing altogether and devote yourself fulltime to gardening or something. It was a great relief to discover you were only talking about a community on G+. I’ve never joined any online communities anywhere (except Ecademy, which was great until the Powers sold it), so I can’t pass a pertinent comment. Speaking personally, I’m so digitally disadvantaged I never did get on top of G+, even though all the mavens I knew (at a distance) were telling me that it was going to be THE coming thing. I even bought a book by Guy Kawasaki; still, I couldn’t understand it.

    1. I have Kawasaki’s book. I don’t think I ever finished reading it.

      I haven’t given up writing for gardening. But the question is about whether to leave G+ altogether, not just one of its communities. After spending the time to delve deeper into Medium, G+ looks even more pathetic. Of course, in either case, you’re writing for free, which is semi-officially a no-no for writers with any self-respect. I have no problems with self-respect, and if other people have such fragile self-respect that writing for free — ever — damages it, that’s their problem.

      Medium has an interesting feature set and is still in the process of development. What appeals to me, besides quite a lot of excellent writing, is that it has a huge readership. Potentially, lots of exposure. I say potentially because it seems to allow less read or commented on material to drift down into invisibility. Many of the writers are already known and have a following, so unknowns would be competing for eyes. At least that’s how I understand it right now. Still, it’s well worth trying out.

      Not that I’m rushing into writing anything. Right now, I’m concentrating on The Road, then I plan to get back to Expendable. Hayfever does a real number on my eyes, and persistent headaches do a different number, so prolonged concentration is hard to come by.

  2. I had a couple of groups there, but none of them ever did anything, so I haven’t been there in ages. Things change – I’m finding fewer things to really blog about – and little energy to do it with. Don’t know if I’m getting older, or just need to dump some stress.

    1. I tried out several communities there, and dropped most of them. Self-promotion spamming dominates too many of them. It’s getting harder to blog about writing probably because I’ve been doing it for so long now. Maybe we’re both aging out of it.

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