Thursday, August 11, 2011

In the Throes of Thursday--Social Media

Social Media is has become such  a big part of the writing life and in a very short time. At first it was daunting to me, now it's as if I've always Tweeted, commented on fb, done reviews on Goodreads. How quickly we adapt. I guess we have to if we are writing books and hoping someone will read them.


What I've found is that as I connect with people, there are some that become a part of my Media Life and stay there. Some I wish lived next door. Others come and go. Some I can't relate to.

I've been amazed at how personalities come across the distance in the words people choose, in the way they respond to posts or comments and in the subjects they write about.

Jane Friedman posted The Secret to Twitter and verified what I'd suspected all along. You can't pretend to be who you aren't. You have to be yourself and that means not everyone is going to like you, but a lot will.

So thanks to all of you stop by and stay connected.  I appreciate you a lot and the ones who are my regulars are the ones I visit all the time. We're a diverse group, but interesting and I never would have met any of you without Social Media.

14 comments:

  1. It is so true that we have to be ourselves; and believe that people will like us. Because they generally do in RL, right? :)

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  2. The internet makes it easier in some ways I think -- especially for writers who are prone to hermit tendancies. Well, I am. :)

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  3. *waves hello*
    This is probably a good time to say that I don't comment much, but I'm still reading!

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  4. I love the community that social media has allowed me to connect with. (and that means you) :)

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  5. Well said, Lee. I feel the same way. I love blogging, but am having a hard time keeping up. Twitter - still struggling with that. Gotta keep on plugging away. I'm on FB, too, and I think that's my limit as far as social media. Haven't tried Goodreads, but I'm overwhelmed and probably won't!

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  6. There are pluses and minuses but I don't think I regret my social media experience. It's been good.

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  7. Yay for social media! :D I'm so addicted to Twitter, it isn't even funny.

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  8. So true how so much personality can come across through so few words. (BTW, you're one of my social media buddies who I wished lived next door!)

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  9. I talk to more people online in a day than I talk to in person in a week. I write and teach at home, plus writing (which social media is) is my communication method of choice. SM takes the pain out of promo in many ways, since it's not face to face. It's no wonder writers have embraced SM in such a big way.

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  10. You're so right about this. At first I started a blog because I thought I had to. And now I can't imagine life without all of you wonderful people. I'm amazed at how much I learn from each of you. I love it!

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  11. I love the people I've met and conversations I've had through blogging. I wouldn't want it any other way. And I love the interaction of Goodreads, too.

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  12. I still haven't tried Twitter and so far am not inspired to do so--I can't keep up with everything as it is. Maybe someday.


    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  13. Blogging has been an excellent experience for me. The writing community that I miraculously stumbled upon has been wonderfully kind, supportive and sharing.

    And your blog, Lee, was one of the first I stumbled across and you become one of my first few followers!

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  14. Jane Friedman is right. Pretenders will eventually slip up and be exposed for who they really are. Just be yourself and let the chips fall where they may.

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