Tomorrow I'm speaking to a group of aspiring authors on the whole online presence thing-- blogging, twittering, Facebook, website. Pretty funny, isn't it, since those of you who have been following me from the beginning-- um--last June, 10 months ago--know what a novice I am online. My blogging which started out as a response from my publisher to "establish your online presence" has now morphed into what you see today, giraffe and all. As for the rest of it....
Twittering-- not interested. Maybe I should be, but I'm not and don't plan to be.
Facebook-- oh please no.
Vox-- yes. It's a smaller, cooler, wannabe Facebook that most people have never heard of. Probably why I like it.
Linkedin-- leaving that one to my husband
Myspace-- that is so 5 years ago
Website-- what you see is what you get, folks. This is it. (Well, this and my Vox blog.)
And I have to speak 30 minutes? HELP! So I turn to my good friends in blog land who probably know way more about this than I do and would no doubt be far more interesting and attractive, with better hair. Yes, I am taking a poll. Your responses on any or all of these would be oh so helpful :)
What is your online presence?
Do you think it's essential to be online as a writer, either published or not?
What have you gained from your online experience?
If you twitter or pursue any of the others (besides blogging)-- why?
Which online experiences would you most recommend?
Are there any of these you've given up for various reasons?
If you've got anything else to add, please feel free. I may even quote you! And if you have a book out, be sure to tell me the title, so I can mention that as well. Thanks for your help!
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown
"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it." ~Jesse Stuart
"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf