How to Stay Connected Online in a Volatile Social Media World eBook

  February 6, 2021 blogging tips πŸ•‘ 5 minutes read
How to Stay Connected Online in a Volatile Social Media World

How to Stay Connected Online in a Volatile Social Media World

 

After carefully listening to your concerns I decided to write a social media eBook.

 

Human beings seek connection more than anything else. We are social creatures. You and I love being connected with our friends, family and new acquaintances because we crave being bonded with fellow human beings.

 

Social media seemed to be a chief way to stay connected since its inception. Facebook and Twitter proved to be dependable mediums for keeping in touch with loved ones, communicating with clients and conversing with customers to ensure your blogging business runs smoothly. In truth, most of you took social media for granted. I also took sites like Facebook and Twitter for granted because I believed in the ultimate stability of each platform for decades.

 

Things changed dramatically with the social media landscape in 2020. Volatility skyrocketed for multiple reasons. The virus stoked one social media fire. The presidential election in the US poured lighter fluid on the COVID cocktail. Everything seemed to become increasingly chaotic as the year churned along.

 

How Can You Remain Connected Amid Social Media Turbulence?

 

How can you stay connected online in the highly volatile world of social media? Facebook censors updates on a broad scale. Twitter shuts down accounts at an accelerated clip. Fact-checking reigns even though you have no clue who checks the facts. Social media platforms dispute claims, spy, cause division and encourage infighting on some levels. One site becomes the next social media darling one week and vanishes the next week. YouTube suppresses views, shadow bans videos and shuts down accounts. The list goes on and on.

 

What can you do to remain connected online among this chaos, confusion and drama?

 

After listening to your concerns amid the maelstrom that is the current day social media matrix, I wrote an eBook to:

 

  • give you clarity among the rollercoaster that is mainstream social media these days
  • quell your anxieties about staying connected with family, friends, business associates, readers, clients and customers
  • ease your worries about censorship, banning and strong social media narratives
  • offer you practical tips for connecting with folks both through new-wave social sites, email, your blog and yes, even though major social media

 

Who the eBook is for?

 

  • social media users disillusioned with narratives non-resonant with your core values
  • bloggers afraid of losing Twitter and Facebook traffic and profits
  • new bloggers who do not know where to turn at this chaotic time
  • casual online users who fear using major social media for privacy issues

 

None of you can force mainstream social media sites to change their policies. People who own those sites have every right to run these heavies as they wish. But following practical tips to largely detach from the chaos that social media fosters allows you to release on some sites to bond through other channels. Social media is not the end all be all. A wide range of communication channels await for prying online eyes.

 

eBook for Bloggers and Casual Online Crowd

 

I wrote the eBook for anyone from a casual online user to seasoned, professional bloggers with a significant online presence. My experience with observing Facebook and Twitter evolve since I began blogging in 2008 underscores the need to stay connected through channels other than both sites.

 

Connecting through email, owning your own website and bringing discussions from social media to your comments section lets you control your narrative independent of turbulent social media rumblings. The eBook lays out steps to help you slowly but surely detach from the seeming vice-like social media grip plaguing much of humanity.

 

I discuss how to lessen your Facebook-Twitter footprint to insulate yourself from any volatile swings both sites flash regularly. Keeping an eye out for the up and coming social media sites – without attaching to any one – forms the basis of another chapter.

 

Check out the chapters.

 

Introduction

1: Connect through Tried and True Email

2: Dissolve Heavy Attachments to Social Media

3: Appreciate the Value in Genuine Blog Commenting

4: Keep Social Media Accounts Open as Available Channels

5: Scout Emerging Social Media Sites

6: Lessen Your FT Footprint

7: Build an Email List

8: Own Your Online Real Estate

Conclusion

 

Social Media eBook for Study

 

Read the eBook multiple times to receive the greatest benefit. Take notes and study your findings to extract value from the readΒ  Social media attachments to the big dawg sites run deep. Users often form heavy fear-based attachments to Facebook and Twitter to fight loneliness, to fill depressed voids and to look to both for comfort.

 

Keep this social media eBook handy to re-read. Soak up these concepts to detach from social media. You know the drill by now; you delete Facebook and vow to never spend a second on the site again. Three weeks later, fear manifest as loneliness scares you into opening a new Facebook account.

 

Before you open another account on Facebook or look to an emerging site as the next social media leader dive into the eBook. Re-read the eBook and do what wise bloggers do: stay connected through *your* real estate.

 

After spending 12 years in the social media trenches and observing many of my veteran blogging buddies being in the same boat, we all realize the need to stay connected for:

 

  • peace of mind
  • a sense of belonging
  • a feeling of loving harmony
  • abundance, wealth and worldly blogging success

 

Social Creatures Have Multiple Options Online

 

This eBook is for social creatures who crave connection amid the tech titan shift. Sites like Facebook and Twitter do not seem to be more popular these days. Each social media site trends in the less popular direction. This read offers you a guide for sustaining your business in such a tumultuous online climate. Also, the read assists you in growing a community based on free speech, openness and respect for your fellow human beings.

 

I share the eBook now to offer you an anchor during stormy social media times. Before you sprint to a new social media site simply check out the eBook to ground yourself. I understand how excitement abounds over specific sites. At the end of the day, emerging social media sites need to pass the test of time to be proven commodities. My eBook simply explains how to invest more time and energy on your blog and less on social media.

 

The eBook

 

Do you fear not staying connected online because of social media chaos?

 

Check out my eBook here:

 

How to Stay Connected Online in a Volatile Social Media World eBook

 

  1. Donna Merrill says:
    at 8:45 am

    Hey Ryan,

    I’m so pleased you have written this book. It’s getting difficult to stay connected to friends and clients on social media. Everyone seems to be scattering to different social platforms.
    What people need to understand is that when they are on rented space, it is not a free for all. Rather there are rules. And yes, we might disagree with the rules and regulations but to be active there, one must play the game.
    The only way we can keep in touch with others is through an email list, a membership site, we create, or other places we, as owners can control.
    I’ll spread the news about your latest timely book,
    -Donna

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 9:54 am

      Hi Donna,

      Thanks heaps for the idea nudging me in this direction. As you shared your comment, I observed a few different newer social sites pop up in my email inbox. The thought of scattering as you note entered my mind. We want to be careful about scrambling to social sites at the cost of our owned blogs and owned lists. 3rd party sites are rentals; we can and do get evicted at any time. Plus the landlords set the rules. Far better to do most creating and connecting through our blogs and lists, with some light social work here and there. Thank you πŸ™‚

      Ryan

  2. David Boozer says:
    at 6:37 pm

    Clicking on to buy right now!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 11:14 pm

      David you rock buddy πŸ™‚

  3. Peter Bekenham says:
    at 2:28 am

    Hi Ryan,
    What a very timely and valuable piece of content you’ve made available to us.
    I look forward to checking it out when I get back home mate.
    Cheers and best wishes from a very hot Thai village
    Peter

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:28 am

      Hi Peter,

      So great to see you buddy. Safe travels and keep cool over there; I know things are roasting now.

      Ryan

  4. Moss Clement says:
    at 3:11 am

    Hi Ryan,

    Your ebook is timely, particular now that we’re living in the new normal. And with these social platforms not being your property, the unexpected can happen any minute, causing you to lose everything, including your connection with friends, family, and clients.
    So I would say your ebook is a must-have.
    Thank you for sharing!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:47 am

      I deeply appreciate your support Moss. Social took a major league turn the past year. We have no clue where it seems to be headed so we better get serious about opening channels of communication to be insulate ourselves against this social media madness. Better to be safe than sorry about accounts being censored, shut down and silenced.

  5. Harry Robert says:
    at 2:21 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    You are appreciated. You write a masterpiece. it hard knocks on my dull life many thanks for sharing such a nice piece of writing.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:02 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing Harry.

  6. Sarah DLC says:
    at 3:42 pm

    Hi Ryan,
    Thank you so much for sharing your perspectives in this book. I found your ebook through MeWe in a group called “Social Media Alternatives.”

    I left Facebook and Instagram when the new terms went into place on December 26th, 2020. In your book I understand that you don’t recommend closing off all channels on social media because of politics, but what about invasion of privacy? I am curious to know your thoughts on this.

    I have been doing a lot of research on social media over the last 10 years and especially now in 2021 and I’m so glad to come across your book!

    Other major brands such as Bogetta Venetta have since left social media early this year making it so that if their audience wants to connect – they connect on their real estate. You could say this is great for big brands because they already established their online presence whereas new brands, maybe not so much. I used to say something similar, keep all channels open, make sure you have a social media funnel to invite the audience to take action when they land on your page and now I feel my perspective has changed. Social media in 2021 is so very unpredictable that I question if it’s worth it to set up(on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube etc)at all.

    I have been a social media marketer since 2010 – Instagram was my favorite place of play to connect with others, create amazing content and create communities. However, since the new disturbing terms came out – I left the platforms for good.

    How do you protect yourself from the privacy invasion on the social platforms?

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 4:36 pm

      Hi Sarah,

      Thanks so much for checking out my eBook. Much appreciated πŸ™‚

      Interesting how Bogetta Venetta totally left social media but we genuinely can connect through our owned cyber real estate. Stepping out of fear-control via social gives us posture to engage through our owned platforms.

      That question is a good one. I see keeping social channels open and giving up some privacy as a trade off. Almost like losing privacy on some level is the tax we pay to use major social media. However, if that tax is too steep, I would close out any social media site you feel uncomfortable using Sarah. Facebook in particular is invasive but you left that platform a while back. Good for you. Eventually, I will wean myself off of FB for sure and perhaps even Twitter.

      As long as we use social platforms we will be subject to having our privacy invaded. I do not like this but it does come down to being the product. The best way to stop the invasion is to let go social entirely. Doing so would feel highly uncomfortable perhaps but we can then devote 100% of our attention and energy to building business through blogs, blog commenting, guest posting and perhaps forum marketing too.

      Thanks for your comment πŸ™‚

      Ryan

  7. Sarah DLC says:
    at 1:52 pm

    Hi Ryan,
    You’re welcome. I loved the entire book! It opened my eyes to a different strategy using blogging, your own website and email – a proven strategy that has worked since the beginning! I feel that many will be making a move like this in the near future and build their business on their own real estate.

    Thank you for answering my question about social media and privacy.

    Imagine devoting 100% of our attention and energy to building business through blogs, blog commenting, guest posting and possibly forum marketing! This sounds like a great strategy to me – so many benefits to this including well being and mental health!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 8:53 pm

      Hi Sarah,

      Yes I really doubled down on creating and connecting mainly through my real estate online and the blogs of my friends, through commenting and guest posting. I see it as divesting myself from the social media matrix. I still do chat on Twitter a bit but only with friends who engage with my content. Other than that, all creating and connecting is through our blogs.

      Oh yes, DEFINITELY increased well-being and mental health!

  8. Monica says:
    at 11:53 pm

    Hi Ryan, Thank you for sharing such insightful article. I really suffered from anxieties while browsing through the social media and it really took a toll on my mental health. I agree with the fact that the only way we can keep in touch with others is through an email list which we can control.
    On my way to check your ebook, thanks again.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 8:37 am

      Hi Monica,

      Thank you for checking out my blog and eBook.

      Owning our blog and list instantly reduces social media induced stress. Mainly because you immediately become far less dependent on each as some source of traffic or money for your blogging campaign. Amazing how fast things change the moment we let go social media to work online real estate we own, namely, our email list and our self-hosted, WordPress dot org blog.

      Ryan

  9. Nand Kishore Srivastava says:
    at 12:22 am

    Hey Ryan,

    Social Media is immensely crowded, loaded with tons of information, At times we deviate from our goals, though we can not get away from this. You invented much awaited E-book.

    Thanks & Regards
    Nand Kishore

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 9:38 am

      You are spot on Nand. Social media feels chaotic at times. I intend to create an anchor through this eBook to help people stay in touch despite the turbulent nature of social media these days; especially the big boys like Facebook and Twitter. We will get through it through love, unity and by being a bit detached from social media, focusing instead on our blogs and email lists.