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We see this all over the media and on blogs.
Social Media does not help you sell things.
And I’m kinda like DUH!
Social media is for interacting. For making friends, having conversations, getting feedback, responding to feedback, CONNECTING.
It is not passive. People are not sitting around waiting to be told what they want on social media. They are engaged.
It is not for marketing. Not for small marketing. People who have an established brand like Kim Kardashian or whatever, they can use twitter to sell. For the small and medium sized peeps: very little chance.
You are not going to sell to thousands. Social media moves too fast for that. It’s like a bunch of ADHD people on speed.
If I don’t know you, I really don’t care what you have to say. That’s why spammers don’t get anywhere. I don’t want to read your blog, I don’t want to read your novel, I don’t want to have anything to do with you.
I have a core group of friends on twitter and around the blogs I connect with on a regular basis. I talk to people about Dragon Age and other video games. I have a group of writers. I have my editor on there and I tweet how happy I am with her edits. I realized a few weeks ago a good friend went MIA and I am sad and a bit worried as he had a bit of depression (going to send him off an email). I have far too many hashtag searches.
And I do get tweets from fans. (Okay the best thing about this whole writing gig is I get to say I have fans. Me. Who woulda thunk it?) I get to thank them for reading, talk about characters, and let them know when a new book should be heading their way.
If I wanted a quick way to market, I’d buy an advertisement on Facebook. But I’m not in a hurry. I am sticking around and writing more words everyday. And as I sit at home writing in my room late at night while my family sleeps I realize it’s a lonely business and meeting with people on twitter and Facebook fills the social gap.
So Zoe Winters started it. It was not me, I swear.
A New Mental Illness the DSM Should Find a Way to Medicate: Writer http://t.co/X07EqB9t
— zoewinters (@zoewinters) April 14, 2012
I retweeted it, becuase it was funny and she replied with
@asrai It's so true, though. Writing is an illness. And since it starts in your mind… you could call it a mental illness lol.
— zoewinters (@zoewinters) April 14, 2012
There is a lot of issues that surround the highly intelligent and highly creative
@asrai so I get to be brilliant and crazy? Awesome.—
(@zoewinters) April 15, 2012
She is pretty successful and a great writer, so I’d call that brilliant. And she has the good taste to write romance. The crazy part well …
@zoewinters Being a fairly succesful writer makes you brilliant. Choosing to follow the path makes you crazy. You are very awesome.
— Asrai Devin (@asrai) April 15, 2012
I have long admired Zoe Winters. If you have no idea who she is check out her blog. http://zoewintersbooks.com
Today sucked. Last Saturday we took our awesome, but indoor-outdoor cat to the vet because she seemed in pain and I had found a small wound that was pus filled. They cleaned it, gave her an anti-biotic and sent her home. She got out of the house unbeknownst to us Monday and I found her in the afternoon. I grabbed her and popped a huge abscess on her side and brought her in to clean it. It was huge and gaping. I called the vet, they booked me in first thing Tuesday (this morning even though this won’t post until Wednesday). Hubby took her in, (Thank god because I’m sure I’d still be there) and she was torn open worse on the other side. Some sort of big animal got her and shook her around. There was nothing they could do but ease her pain.
RIP Snuffalupagus, Snuffi. You will be missed. She really was an awesome cat.
But it brings me back to loss, which seems to be the theme of this year.
So row80 goals.
Write 750 words 5 days a week. Right now I am at a bit of a loss on how to proceed with my novel. I got the heroine into a pickle and I don’t know how to get her back out. The pickle was something I envisioned from the beginning (though in a different point in the story) and now I’m stuck. So I’m concentrating on How to Think Sideways Course from Holly Lisle.
Blog twice a week. I have to refill my Friday posts, as what I had scheduled are at an end. And Mondays I write as I think of things that interest me.
Go for a walk or to the park or something. We hung out outside in the yard for a while today and yesterday we went for two walks. Tomorrow is supposed to be nicer so we’ll probably head for the park for a bit.
Clean up the yard. Working on it. Tomorrow I have plans to clean the house, because I’ve been slacking off.
Tweet blogs with mentions. Did a few today. Tuesdays are a difficult day to find good posts. I’m also trying to steer clear of posting too many writing focused blogs, which is difficult because the bulk of my focus is writing, the publishing industry, and social media related to writing and publishing. I don’t want to get niched into writing about writing and Tweeting about writing.
I love Kristy’s blog. Usually she makes me laugh, but on occasion she will post something that makes me go HMM. You can check out her blog. You can check out her blog at: http://kristykjames.wordpress.com/ now that I’m done singing her praises you can read her actual words:
A relative of mine got married yesterday. Well technically it was yesterday, but I keep screwy hours and, even if I don’t fall asleep until four in the morning, it won’t be yesterday to me until I wake up again. Not that it matters for this particular blog, other than the fact that I’m just a hair on the sleep deprived side (what else is new…), with a daughter running a temp of close to 103. Can we say ‘Not catching up any time in the near future?’
Okay, so why am I writing about a relative’s wedding? Because there are already reception photos on Facebook. Posted by her. Just hours later. And I just saw that she accepted a friend request a few minutes ago, presumably from her cell phone since there usually aren’t computers at weddings or receptions. At least none I’ve ever attended.
Do I have a problem with the Facebook updates? Nope. There’s not a thing wrong with it. Not at all. It just struck me how different things are today than they were even ten years ago.
If my cell phone wouldn’t get so fidgety when it sees my camera, the picture might have come out better…
With cell phones able to access the internet, people can keep everyone up to date on every aspect of their lives now. Got an emergency, great price on gas, delicious meal at a local restaurant? With the touch of a few keys on your phone, you can let everyone in your Facebook and Twitter accounts know almost instantly. Even at your wedding you can keep everyone who wasn’t there in the loop. I understand one groom even updated his status on both accounts…just before he kissed his bride (which was taking it to extremes in my opinion). ( the link is:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34381748/ns/technology_and_science-tech_and_gadgets/t/death-weddings-seen-youtube/ )
Experts like to say that we’re losing something with social media. Namely the skills to function socially, face-to-face.
Except, truth be told, I socialize more since getting on Facebook than I used to do. Mostly because a lot of my family, and a fair number of friends, are on it, too. People I’d see once in a blue moon (at the annual reunion, funerals, etc…) I now ‘talk’ to on a pretty much daily basis.
But updating statuses at weddings?
I might not have been there tonight, but I got to see a little of what was going on, which I enjoyed tremendously. Add YouTube to the mix, and I can see what happened at the weddings of perfect strangers…like my all time favorite:
I love this video. Even though I have to make sure no one is around when I watch it because it brings tears to my eyes and makes it hard to swallow. I always knew I turned to mush at parades when marching bands and veterans passed by. Who knew I’d do the same thing over something like this? A random YouTube video…
Anyone else react that way when you saw this, too? And what is your opinion about updating statuses at weddings and receptions? Does it take away from the moment, or is it just another way of allowing others to share in your special day?
Now pardon me because I need to watch the video again. :)