I’ve always struggled with the whole social networking thing. In case you’ve missed the memo, I’m a total introvert. I barely even post on my personal Facebook profile… But social networking is one of those things you’re supposed to focus on when you’re a writer (especially when you’re self-published), so I’ve been slogging along.
I don’t have a problem with all of it. When I think about it, my main problem seems to be Twitter. I’ve always had to force myself to log in there. Part of the problem is that I rarely feel like I have anything pertinent/interesting to say. The rest is sheer overwhelm—too many people, all tweeting at the same time, non-stop. I just can’t handle it. I’ve tried Tweetdeck, lists, etc. I think the problem is I don’t want to handle it. If I weren’t an author, I wouldn’t even have an account there.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve made connections with some great authors on Twitter, and I plan to continue to follow them on their blogs and/or Facebook. But I feel like Twitter has become an albatross around my neck. I dread logging in, and it takes away from valuable writing time. So if you’re one of those people I used to talk to on Twitter, it’s nothing personal.
I plan to continue blogging, although it’s a challenge when you’re a fiction writer. (Those lucky non-fiction writers can just blog about their area of expertise. )
I’ve struggled to find my voice on the blogging platform. At first, I posted self-publishing tips and tricks, but that’s not going to attract actual fantasy readers who might be interested in my books. (Not to mention there are tons of sites that already cover that kind of thing.)
Now I post my book updates, and anything else I think might connect with people who are trying to find their own path or follow their dreams. I basically write about whatever has been on my mind recently. I don’t know whether other people find these posts interesting, but if nothing else, they help me to organize my thoughts and look at things from a fresh perspective.
I don’t know whether I’ll have something new to say each week, but I’ll try to stay consistent.
This is where I need to improve. While Twitter has been mostly writer connections for me, Facebook is where I get approached by actual readers. (Yay!)
I want to keep the ball rolling by posting on my Facebook Page more often. I’m not talking about a bunch of obnoxious promotional posts. I mean more of a regular checking in to share fun/cool/interesting stuff, provide updates, chat, or just be myself.
It will take a bit of effort for me to get in the habit of this at first, but I think it will be worth it, since my readers are the people I’m most interested in connecting and keeping touch with. Yes, I have a couple of newsletters (which will continue on a monthly basis), but those are more of a formal, one-way communication. Facebook is more interactive and spontaneous.
Who is even on Google+ these days? I only ever see other writers on there, and even then, not that many. I gave up on my account a while ago. At first, it seemed like Google+ was going to be a big deal, but it sort of fizzled out.
So that’s the plan. Hope to hear from you soon!
How do you keep in touch online? What social networks do you use?
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