Happy Saturday! It’s blog chain time again. This round was started by the ever-amazing Amanda, who wanted to know:
Are you a good social networker? What aspect of platform building do you focus on the most? Which aspects freak you out?
Hmm. I don’t know that I am a “good” social networker, but I will say that I have fully embraced it. Most of the writerly peeps I “hang” with are amazing at their preferred venue for social networking – next to them, yeah, I’m just me. BUT, I do enjoy many different types of networking and it has changed me and helped my career in some pretty positive ways –
So let’s look at the various venues and I’ll share my loves and…well…the things that freak me out a bit:
I blog almost everyday, and have grown to love it. There is just something about connecting with others, having to think about what content you guys would actually be interested in reading, and reading your comments that I enjoy. In fact, it feeds me in ways I didn’t expect.
Just as I love to blog, I love reading all of your blogs. I am LOUSY at commenting, not because of anything other than time and tech barriers – sometimes I read blogs on the go, sneaking in a few minutes here or there.
I love Twitter too. Through things like #gtchat and #yalitchat I have not only learned a lot, I have built a platform for both my NF and my YA works. In fact, I am very certain my participation in #gtchat has significantly impacted the sales of my NF titles.
I have the freedom with Twitter to sneak in and sneak out – and connect a little a long the way. So yes, Twitter + me = YAY!
I like facebook too. I have both my personal page and my author page. Eventually, I plan to move most people over to the author page – but I’m not really in a rush with that.
Facebook has been fun personally (connecting with old friends) and professionally. It can suck you into a void of distraction (as can Twitter) but I do love it.
Other venues like forums, SecondLife, Youtube, Skype:
I belong to several listservs and forums – all of which enable me to broaden my social presence. Likewise, my presentations on forums and Secondlife allow me to meet, talk and connect with people who have similar interests and passions. All of which is good!
Youtube, etc are not venues I have done much with, but I am not opposed to vlogging.
Okay – so obviously I am involved with a ton of social networking venues. The irony here, I am a total introvert.
But I’ve learned something about me the introvert – I don’t get overwhelmed talking with people or putting myself out there ONLINE. It doesn’t zap my energy in the same way as say…cold calling in sales, or socializing at a party when I don’t know anyone.
In fact, social networking has enabled me to connect in a global way, without the difficulties of face-to-face meetings getting in the way. I have met every crit partner, every beta, and every source of support online BEFORE I met any of them in person. In fact, a few of my online buds are closer to me than some of my RL friends. Strange, but true.
Now, confession time – the part that freaks me out…
Social networking is a TOTAL time zapper! It is so easy, I think, to get wrapped up in everything and forget why we started networking to begin with – to get our WRITING out there.
For me, I’ve had to get really clear on the role of social networking in my life and prioritize things:
First – LIVING (so I have the inspiration necessary to write)
Second – WRITING (so I have something to “get out there” in the first place)
Last – SOCIAL NETWORKING (yeah, it’s hard to keep it last on the list – but I have too in order to get any writing done at all).
So what about you? What do you like and dislike about the world of social networking?