I’m a day late and a dollar short for this round of the blog chain (the house closing occupied my mind yesterday, LOL!) Anyway, I don’t wanna miss in the fun, so I’m posting about the topic today.
Are you a good social networker? What aspect of platform building do you focus on the most? Which aspects freak you out?
I do engage in social networking via Facebook, Twitter, some forums, and, of course, my blog. In the beginning, I was quite obsessed with the whole thing, checking and rechecking every few minutes to see if someone had added something to their status or Tweeted a link to an interesting post or contest.
With time comes familiarity and when the “sexiness” of interwebz wore off, I returned to real life things. Don’t get me wrong, I still spend a good amount of time on FB, Twitter, reading blogs, and working on blog posts, but in a smarter way. Maybe an hour a day, two tops, depending on how much “down time” I get.
I gotta say, though, jumping into the intangible waters of the electronic ocean has been *so* worth it. I’ve “met” my crit partners, beta readers, and uber-supportive writerly buds through social media and without them, I would’ve learned next to nothing about writing.
Now, am I *good* at social networking? Hmmm, I think I get done what I need to, so in that regard, yeah, I’m pretty good. I’m quite pleased with how my blog is progressing…it’s been a slow road developing a “followship,” but I think it’s coming along.
As far as a platform? Well, I wouldn’t say I’ve got that…perhaps with more time the blog will continue to grow.
If When I get an agent, I’ll launch a website. If When I sell a book, well, maybe I’ll call up Oprah (Ahahahahahahaha!!!)
(Just kidding about the Oprah thing, by the way.)
What freaks me out is: What if this writing thing *really* takes off and I get an agent, and a book deal, and I–gasp!–have to do a book signing or reading, like, in front of people! (Ah, the bane of introverts–public speaking. Sigh.) The good news is that I can do public speaking pretty well…I just don’t like to do it, LOL!
Alrighty, folks, how are you with social networking? How have you developed your platform?
Check out Margie’s post from the other day and Shaun’s post (today) for more info on others’ approaches to social networking and platform building.