Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Insecure Writer: Social Media
I really don't like twitter. I've been on it for quite a while and at first I found lots of interesting links and met other writers, readers and bloggers. But as my followers and the people I followed grew in numbers, I started to find less and less to interest me. Some writers and the publishers I follow do nothing but promote. I don't care about 99% of the celebraty news I see on there. I check in now and then but seldom tweet myself and almost never click on links anymore. Guess I failed that part of social media. I give myself an D-.
I find Facebook amusing at times. People post some interesting things and I keep up with some of my out of state relatives there. I also find some links to interesting blogs and keep up with author friends and their successes. Sometimes I post a link there to my blog posts or those of my friends. I do announce any of my new releases there. I give myself a C- on FB usage for promoting myself.
The one area I'm doing okay in regards to social media is blogging. I've made lots of interesting and helpful friends. Blog challenges like the A to Z in April and this Insecure Writers' Blogfest have helped me grow my blog audience and connected to me to other bloggers around the world. And I really enjoy. But I know I could do better. I could spend more time visiting other blogs and perhaps I could blog everyday instead of three or four times per week. My excuse is that I need some writing time. I give myself a B- for my use of blogging to build my online presence.
I'm currently resisting joining pinterest.
So my insecurity for the day is that I should be doing more with social media and my excuses for not are time and lack of interest. My overall grade on this part of my writing career isn't exactly honor roll status.
Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh for starting this blog fest. You all can still join anytime. So are you comfortable with the amount of time you spend working the social media angle? Do you do too much or too little? Have you seen results from doing more?