Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Social(ly Awkward) Media Part 2

So it's been roughly a year since I threw myself to the social media wolves. That should have been plenty of time to get the hang of this whole being clever and engaging thing, right?
Er...
As it turns out, I'm simply not good at social media, and I'm okay with that. Here's what I've learned:

So far, Facebook seems to be the best platform because it's the most honest. I don't have a lot of followers, but those that do follow me do so because they chose to. I get to say whatever crap comes to my mind and people respond or not as they see fit. What I don't like is how Facebook seems to suppress certain posts, specifically, those with links to my books or this blog. They do this because they want me to pay to boost my posts. I can't pay them because I need sales to make money. It's a bit of a vicious cycle.
Twitter is just terrible. I am officially doing Twitter wrong. Twitter requires a LOT of interaction with strangers who will push your work provided you push theirs. I'm a generous person and I'm looking for underserved artists to promote, but I have a confession: I don't like being asked to promote someone any more than I like asking someone to promote me.
That being said, I'm always on the lookout for artists to promote! I've got a couple of book reviews going up on this site this week for books I enjoyed and I'd love to get a few more artists as well. But that's just it, these are things I enjoy. If you ask me to promote your book on 100 ways to get more money out of pyramid schemes, I'm probably not going to do it.
Goodreads is another one I don't get, but it has perks. I'm not social on Goodreads mainly because I have no idea how, but it does offer me the ability to track how well my books are doing and I like that. Maybe one day I'll join a discussion... Whatever that means.
And finally, there's this blog. I love this blog! Blogs are awesome! Blogs don't limit writers to a set number of characters. Writers don't like limitations. But this blog gets an F minus for making me social because all I do is grumpily complain about how terrible I am at being social. Okay, I do have other things to say as well, but blogs don't work as social media platforms if no one reads them and um...see my Facebook complaint above.

I feel like this should bother me enough to make me want to change, but it doesn't. Okay, sure, it bothers me, but I'm a hard wired internet introvert and I don't think I can change. So I won't dwell on it. Instead, my focus for year two of being a, uh, ahem, 'public figure' will be to focus on writing the books that I love, writing blog entries that will make you question my sanity (if you don't already), posting status updates that may or may not just be pictures of my dogs and my delicious meals, and not worrying about what I'm doing wrong.
Okay, fine, I'll scale back on the food pics, gosh!

3 comments:

  1. I finished your Bluebeard's Children book a few days ago, and immediately something popped up for me to rate it on goodreads! Which was kind of weird. I like to let things gel a while. I like to ponder. (I'll review it in a few days on my blog.) But mostly, it was weird because I felt like somebody out there was looking over my shoulder and saying, "Hey, I see you finished that book there! What did you think? Huh? Huh?" Of course, now that I declined to comment, I have no idea how to go back and rate it, later. I guess I could go figure that out for you.

    I'm pretty much at the same place you are with all of those. I've figured out something interesting on facebook, lately: it's easier to sell art on Facebook than on Etsy. I guess it's because people only "like" you if they really like you? I have all these likes and treasuries and stuff on etsy, but rarely sell anything.

    I don't think you (or I) should ever actively promote anyone else's stuff just to get them to promote ours. You have to be honest, as you said. Otherwise, people don't trust you.

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    1. The goodreads thing might be because Amazon bought them, but it's still odd. I get the option to put up an Amazon review from my Kindle, but not the app. Weird.
      I think the term I missed is 'networking.' I don't network well. I chose to be a writer because I'm a weird recluse.
      But that reminds me, I think I need to update your facebook url on my art page.

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  2. Well, you met me by networking, in a way. So you aren't so terrible at it. Except that we've never met.

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