Several days ago I started my own little experiment to see whether it is useful for me to go without using Twitter and Google+ for a month. The point was to see whether my productivity of providing daily blog posts will increase or not. Today, 2 days after starting this experiment (!), I can say that this was a stupid idea. I will now start updating both social networks again.
These are my three key learnings:
Social Networks are indispensable for blogging and bloggers
My first conclusion is that for bloggers social networks such as Twitter and Google+ are indispensible. I started to notice that yesterday when I was looking for a topic to write about. One of the best sources of information / news to write about are social networks. RSS feeds and newsletters are good but social networks in addition to these sources just make a better basis for blogging.
Social Networks are essential for connecting to like-minded people
I missed the connection to my followers and friends via the social networks. And that started on day 1. So I had to change this. We need socialisation as humans. Social networks are playing a part in my socialisation with friends, colleagues and family.
My own productivity only depends on my smart scheduling
The last and most important learning from this experiment was that the involvement in social networks does not really influence my productivity in writing blog posts. It all depends on the proper scheduling. And I have to adjust mine to publish a daily blog.
So let the tweeting and updating on Google+ commence. :-)