Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF



Another week has passed. I have often wondered if we all consciously attempt to put in the best week possible. By that I mean do we continually strive to fill the week with the kind of accomplishments that we will be proud to say we finished. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I’m just happy to have the week done. This is usually because of a specific challenge that has taken more energy than initially anticipated. It is that kind of week where I’m embarrassed to take stock of the progress of whatever it is I’m working on.

I tend to write the week off and hope the next will be better. I wonder how many times I have done that very thing. I know when I’m editing I tend to believe I’m accomplishing nothing. I know in my head that I am getting things done, but in my heart, I still feel less than stellar about the progress.

The one thing that really gives me the feeling that I deserve a gold star is when I have a good week of writing on my WIP. There can be no denying that a congratulation is well-earned. Why is it then that even though I do seven blog posts a week and handle over one hundred and eighty e-mails a day, none of that work gets classified as accomplished in my mind? Let’s not even mention the one hundred Tweets and thanks daily as well. Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram time? Forget it. Nothing seems to count but WIP productivity.

What the hell. Am I sick or What?

Todays JohnKu wonders about Social media productivity. Have a great weekend.

Social Media by John W. Howell ©2018

Social media,

Takes a lot of work daily . . .

To whose benefit?


  1. harmonykent · ·

    Oh, Mr Howell, you have me laughing my socks off here. We could be identical twins! I’m exactly the same; no matter how much I actually accomplish, it’s that old WIP that gets the attention and all the credit lols! Have a fab weekend, and I’ll join you on those cocktails! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Harmony. The WIP is like living with an codependent roomate. Never enough attention given. 😀

  2. I’m with you on just being happy to see the weekend. Getting through the slog of some weeks comes down more to survival than pride. Enjoy those cocktails.

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks Charles. 😀

  3. Social Media Productivity,,, um… how many Fridays have I wondered if perhaps I suffer from a lack of SMP. Is there a synthetic, generic form that can be taken orally or do I actually have to put in the effort to achieve such a state… such things take up my time during the week, John.

    1. I like the idea of SMP. Maybe some one will come out with “Seven Habits of Higher SMP.” (and only charge $200.00 for the course.) Thanks, GP. 😀

      1. Glad to be of assistance, but I won’t be taking the course, I’m just not a FB person.

      2. Me either. 😀

  4. You summed up our lives perfectly. Hours of social media and email with a little bit of productivity elsewhere.

    1. Yeah, I just stopped yesterday and said WTF. I’m as productive as I’m going to be given all the stuff going on. The WIP thing really gets to me. Thanks, Craig.

  5. For a short work week…it’s been never-ending. Between the day job and writing, I average over 200-300 emails a day. I remember when email first came out, I’d get excited if I got one or two…the good old days. Cheers!

    1. I know how you feel. There is no reason for all these e-mails except a sense of FOMO. Thanks, Jill. 😀

      1. It’s been a very long day…FOMO? Sorry…I had to ask. 🙂

      2. Fear Of Missing Out. 😀

      3. Oh…duh! Thanks! I think I’m always missing out. 🙂

  6. Gwen Plano · ·

    Thank you for this, John. If I don’t write on my WIP, I grow anxious. Of what? I don’t know. Maybe a sense of failure (self-imposed). You’ve captured it well. Have a great weekend.

    1. Are we nuts or what?? We need to be kinder to ourselves. Thanks, Gwen. 🙂

  7. I tend to forget to count that stuff, too. I’ve also cut back a lot.

    Sending you a gold star today, John.

    1. Thank you, Staci. 😀

  8. Social media drains the minutes out of my day as well John. I’ve found it seems to be a necessary component of a book bloggers life – but personally, I’d rather spend my time reading and reviewing.

    1. I can relate, Lynne. I don’t know how you accomplish what you do. To read 100 books in a year is quite a feat. To review the same number is amazing. Thanks for the reader side of the lament. 😀

  9. Well, you hit a nerve with me, and apparently many others. Well said, John.

    1. Thanks, Jennie. 😀

      1. You’re welcome, John. 🙂

  10. Wonder about social media too 😂😂 still I’m usually getting from FB/Twitter/Insta – from 3 to 15 ppl daily. I mean to check the blog

    1. Sometimes it is a pain. 😀 But then we all want to know.

  11. I try to limit what I do on social media so I can work on the WIP. Like you, that seems to be the only thing I count as progress. Happy FriYAY!

    1. Thanks, Mae. Happy FriYay to you as well.

  12. Spot-on, John! I do think social media has added to our work load without making us more productive. Your WIP is your reason for being, essentially, and that’s why you get so much more satisfaction from working on it than anything else. You do it for you, first and foremost. Personally, I would count your blog posts as writing since you do a fair amount of writing in them 🙂 TGIF!

    1. Thank you, Marie. Sometimes I try to Rationalize that my blog does count. Then some smart assed character asks, “So where you been?” 😀

  13. It’s like you read my mind, John.

    1. I think we are all in the same boat. Sometimes the waves get really high. Thanks, Teri. 😀

  14. ‘Nail/Head’! Well said, good John! ♥

    1. Thank you, Billy Ray. 😀

  15. You sound like you’re ready for a day off, John. Have a great weekend. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Thanks, Suzanne. Maybe you are right. 😀

  16. I SO relate to this post, John. I too receive upward to 120 emails per day and when I try to be away for even one day, it gets overwhelming. A large majority of emails I receive are blog posts from blogs I follow. I haven’t touched my WIP in days and I hate that. I’m still trying to play catch-up from having the audacity of taking a week of vacation to spend with my family. I have no idea how to juggle it all. If I don’t keep up with the blogs and comment, then people stop following and commenting on mine. Yikes! The more I talk about it, the more overwhelmed I am. And your final question…”To whose benefit?” I don’t know the answer. It’s a merry-go-round.

    1. I certainly get that, Jan. As far as people stopping following it is their loss not yours.

  17. I don’t know where you find the energy, good sir!

    1. Sometimes I wonder myself.

  18. Your Johnku makes a valid point, John. Social media is incredibly time consuming and often frustrating. If all the weeks I have ever written off were taken away, I would still be a young whippersnapper. Have a good weekend.

    1. Thanks. Guy. 😀

  19. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    I know I get stuck with the same idea if I don’t get that WIP in I’m not accomplishing anything. Yet you point out blogs, emails, and keeping up on the never ending social media….I think its time we start handing out awards for all we do like at the actors get for all our non writing activies:) Ha ha. Have a great weekend John!

    1. I agree, Denese. Have a great weekend as well. 😀

  20. It’s very hard to measure the effect of social media, John. Sometimes, I wonder if any of it matters. You summarize these feelings quite well.

  21. John,

    You certainly deserve a gold star for the effort you put into everything you do. It matters to you, and it shows.

    Peace and progress

    1. Aw. Thank you Marc. 🙂

  22. You make some excellent points, John. Only 24 hours in a day. We can’t do everything; something has to give. Looks to me as if you’ve chosen wisely!

    1. Thank you, Debbie. 🙂

  23. John, you seem down. I hope all these wonderful commiserating comments have lifted you up. To quote Robert Ingersoll, “We rise by lifting others.” ~ So often you give me a much needed lift.
    I feel the same lack of productivity. It’s better than abject failure, so I guess it’s not a bad focus at that.

    1. Thank you, Teagan. I’m not really down just have questions about over all dierction

  24. Goals is a topic that is forefront here right now. #1 Grandson is getting older, and will be starting Kindergarten this year so two weeks ago I added two new things to our “curriculum” Poetry breakfast, and picking 3 goals he wants to achieve each day, and at the end of the day we do a follow up and see if he completed those goals. No cheating b/c I am told what the goals are. 🙂

    Leading by example I too am sharing 3 goals I’d like to accomplish each day.
    My Wild Wednesday post something that made the list several times.

    What I don’t do is evaluate the whole week very often. I just roll on doing what comes naturally. 🙂

    1. I think rolling the week is good.

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