People talk a lot about New Year’s resolutions, and I made one myself this year: I’m going to take ownership of my social media. Okay, in a way that sounds silly because who else do my Twitter, Facebook, blog, etc. belong to? But up until now I’ve just been doing things in a state of being semi-overwhelmed–throwing mud on the virtual wall and hoping it sticks. My blog is the only element that has had actual planning.
I’d like to up my game, and like everyone else, I have no temporal fairy who will come and wave her wand, gifting me with more hours every day. I can’t work much harder, not consistently. I have to prioritize and work smarter. I figure everyone else out there is in a similar boat.
Many of you are writers, and like me, you have books to launch into the world. And we’d all rather they didn’t land with a splat. Even if you’re just in this for the blogging, it would be nice to have more people come and read your words. You work hard putting these posts together. You’d like folks to read what you have to say.
There’s no lack of conferences, both online and at hotels and such, that claim they can teach you how to do this, and all of them cost. But most of us have to watch our money as well as our time.
So I figure, let’s do it ourselves on our blogs. We’re all going to blog anyway, and this could be something of real value we can add to the blogosphere. Social media wasn’t set up to be difficult. It couldn’t be popular if it was. We have a lot of talent and experience between us. We can make it a real conference, with valuable lessons learned and shared, if we pool our talents and experience.
I thought we’d start with a meet and greet, an excellent idea I got from chape (https://chapeblog.com/2017/02/17/meet-and-greet-3/), who’s got a terrific blog focused on fitness. It’s a good place for us tending-to-be-sedentary writing types to nip by and do some of the simple exercises to keep our muscles from turning into jelly.
Subsequent weeks will focus on Twitter, Facebook, goodreads, Pinterest, and blogging.
So I’m going to ask everyone to leave their names, sites, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest–whatever you’ve got–here in the comments. We can all make sure we’re connected to everyone we’ve met blogging on other social media platforms. I figure that would be a good place to start for everyone. Even if you don’t want to participate in the rest of the series, please feel free to join in for this part. There will be no social media police banging on your website door to question you as to your whereabouts for subsequent sections.
I’ll close the comments next week on Tuesday, and then I’ll post on Wednesday. And I’ll try to follow this pattern until we finish the series. Hopefully this will help us to all become a little more efficient about how we use our time on social media.
So please post your info in the comments, plus maybe a few lines of bio and a focus for your blog, if you have one. (It’s okay if you’re still searching for one–this series is all about trying to figure this stuff out.) Please email me a headshot or other graphic later if it’s not too much trouble, using my contact button in the sidebar. And I’ll post them all neatly in a week’s time. That should get us off and running.
I’m looking forward to learning from you all and sharing what I know. 🙂