I blog, therefore I am engaged in the social media landscape.
(Doesn’t that sound like a grandiose statement – all pompous and everything.)
A definite method of madness exists in my social media engagement. I choose to share only certain parts of my life via WordPress, Blogger, Twitter, Facebook and/or Google+. Nobody wants to know when I pick my nose (seriously, the things people share). However, I believe that I have a viewpoint to share on my journey to publication.
The world has changed significantly in the last 3-5 years. Social Media has become a necessary part of any marketing/PR/publication campaign for established and up-and-coming authors.
It is so easy to get overwhelmed by the tumult of information. I try to centralize my media out put. I have my blogs automatically feeding to Facebook and Twitter. Google+ is a valuable tool from a writing perspective and social perspective (LOVE Google+ Hangout). I use TweetDeck to kill multiple birds with one stone.
I’ll be honest, Twitter reminds me of a swarm of locust. So many inputs from individuals, creating a dense form that is difficult to penetrate. I follow as I can, but I end up overwhelmed.
Maintaining a social media presence is hard work. It can actually take away from the writing process. There is a very careful balance to maintain.
In the end, I believe the time and effort spent with social media is worth it. I just have to toe that line between productivity and lost time.
What are your experiences with Social Media? How do you make it work in your world?