Saturday, September 8, 2012

Drowning in Social Media

Drowning in Social Media


Okay, I know I’m not the only writer out there that is going under for the third time in the giant undertow of social media.

 I was told by my publisher that I had to get out there and network. So I put on my loveliest bathing suit and took the plunge. It was a bit cold at first, but I kept wading in further until my body adjusted to the temperature.

 As a non-swimmer, I floundered around trying to figure out if I was doing things right. I still don’t know all the tricks on Twitter, but manage to find new followers (just now reached my 1,000th.) I haven’t mastered the hash tag stuff. But I have made a few friends out in the Twittersphere that have communicated with me via e-mail, and/or followed me onto my blog and Facebook page.

 Now speaking of the Facebook Page, I just recently dove into that part of the waters. It’s not as deep there, since I already had lots of friends and relatives on FB, and they were very supportive by coming on over to greet me. It’s easier to keep up with other writer’s good news and repost them there as well.

 Now that I’m in deep, I have to admit a lot more of my time is spent socializing than writing. I just can’t leave a message from Twitter telling me "You have a new follower..." just sitting in my inbox waiting to be answered. Then I have to check out their blogs and websites to see what they are up to, and make sure they are not just trying to sell me something I’m not the least bit interested in, before I follow them back. Then I must thank them, of course, and perhaps re-tweet a few of their clever posts, or help them promote their books or businesses. We’re now Twitter pals after all.

 Then there are the sharks. I must mention the sharks. We all know about them. They direct-message you every chance they get, or send you messages that appear to be from your followers saying they saw you in an insulting video. Yeah, I know you get them too.

If you have managed to stay afloat in the sea of social media, and have any life saving tips, please let me know!!!
Otherwise we can just commiserate.
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