Monday, October 17, 2011
Blogging, Facebook, Twitter, Google + and so on - Is Social Networking Driving You Nuts?
I don't know about you, but all this social networking stuff has my head spinning. I was never a MySpace user, but I admit to being a Facebook addict. I use Twitter but probably not effectively. Google + is still a big question mark in my mind and I'm not sure how to embrace it. Blogging has always been a challenge for me. I don't seem to have hit on the right formula to keep readers interested enough to engage in conversation/keep coming back.
This is not good news for an author.
Apparently its all about exposure and how many 'hits' you're getting and who's re-tweeting you and what words you use in your blog posts all that jazz. Erin MacPherson talked about this a bit over at The WordServe Water Cooler the other day. If you haven't had a chance to check out this new blog yet, please do!
I don't know about you, but some days I feel all this is just a little beyond me.
I just want people to buy my book, dang it.
Okay, that's not true. Well, I mean of course it's true, but that's not ALL I want.
I want those connections. I want to get to know you, and I want you to know me. Yes, I admit, I'm envious of those bloggers who have over a thousand followers and over fifty comments every time they post. I don't know how they do it, but they've obviously hit on something I haven't. Yet.
So what does all this mean to me? Do I just give up and let the chips fall where they may?
Sure, that would be the easy way out wouldn't it? But it probably wouldn't be the most sensible thing for me to do as a new author trying to connect with readers and future readers.
So here's my plan.
I've created an Author Page on Facebook, and this is where I hope to connect with my readers and keep them informed of my writing and new releases etc... I'm still deciding whether or not to keep my personal profile for personal friends and family only. There are pros and cons to this I suppose, especially since at the moment I have over a thousand 'friends'. So I'm not really sure which way to go there. I think as a published author you have to find some middle ground and a level of privacy you're comfortable with.
I'm keeping this blog, but over the next few weeks I'm going to be thinking about how I can revitalize it. Change it up a bit. Create a focus. Be more intentional about my postings. So stay tuned for that.
In the meantime you might want to check out the new blog I've launched.
This Is A Blog About Books.
Guess what it's about? I'll give you three guesses!
Go check out. If you review books I'd love to list your blog. If you write books, I'd love to list your titles!
And I'd really love it if you'd share this information with all your friends and get them on the list too!!
As far as all the other social media networks, I'm basically figuring things out as I go along.
What about you? What do you find works for you and how did you make that choice?
Posted by Catherine West at 4:22 AM