Wednesday, October 2, 2013
The Insecure Writer and Social Media
Today is October's contribution to Alex Cavanaugh's Insecure Writers Support Group.
Why am I an Insecure Writer this month?
Because of social media. (Shivers).
It's no secret I'm not very savvy when it comes to social media. I've always been a bit of an introvert, and I've never been very comfortable with the idea of sending out updates on the status of my life or my current thoughts. I've toyed around with Twitter, but most of my tweets are direct messages (DMs) to people I know. One big barrier is the fact that I can't connect with either Twitter or Facebook at work. And after I come home, eat dinner, and take care of family responsibilities, I only have about an hour or two to spend on social media and writing. And every minute I spend on Twitter is one less minute I could be writing. Besides, I feel silly retweeting something that happened eight hours ago.
I guess you could say I spend more time and energy avoiding social media than I do using it.
My lack of social media kung fu was brought home to me last week during Melissa Maygrove's Follow Fest. I made many new social media connections during the blogfest, but if I don't get onto Twitter soon, I'm not going to be interacting with any of them.
So here's my current status on the various social media sites:
Facebook: Haven't updated it for years, although I do occasionally post on blogs of friends and family. Haven't decided if I going to stick with a profile page or create a fan page once I'm published. But if I don't start posting on Facebook regularly, what difference does it make?
Twitter: It's been so long since I've even checked on Twitter that I only just discovered my version of TweetDeck is so old it won't even run. And there doesn't appear to be an updated version for Linux, which is what I run on that particular computer. What do you guys say? Should I put Windows back on my computer or should I look into Hootsuite?
Pinterest: Finally followed a few other people's boards this week. Haven't uploaded any new pictures in half a year.
Google+: Didn't even remember I had set up an account until a few people asked to connect with me. Embarrassing!
Goodreads: I've had an account for over a year, but--no surprise--haven't done anything with it. Not even sure what my password is. Bad writer! Bad, bad writer!
Amazon Author Page: Almost makes me glad I'm not published, so that I don't have to worry about starting one up... yet.
ISWG: At least I've been diligent here, slowly working my way down to number 60 on the ISWG list. My goal is to make it to 50!
Sigh... It looks to be a long road ahead for social media and me.
The co-hosts this month are Julie Luek, Rachna Chabria, Beverly Fox, and Ilima Todd! Be sure to stop by their blogs and say hello.
BTW. Good luck to Alex with his new book, CassaStorm.