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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Insecure about Social Media

I've been posting a lot about this topic lately, probably because I'm still insecure about parts of it.

Like Facebook-- should it be just for friends and family or shall I join writer groups and make it a social media outlet for me as an author?

And my blog-- should I ignore my website (which I've done) and keep posting only on my blog? Or should I wind down my blog and do everything on my website?

I'm insecure about how or when or how much to comment on my own posts.

Twitter I'm not insecure about. I think it's a fun and pointless diversion. But I do get tired of everyone tweeting endlessly about their books. I've never once bought a book because of a Twitter campaign.

(This post is part of the Insecure Writer's Wednesday Blogfest. And despite many of us posting every single first Wednesday of the month, we don't ever seem to run out of insecurities LOL.)


25 comments:

  1. LOL, Karen, I'm insecure about all the same things except I don't have a website anymore. Too much, too little time and not enough energy for all of it.
    Karen

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  2. It's difficult to know what is working and what isn't working. I blog because I like to blog. But, I don't think it's been responsible for any significant book sales.

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    1. Michael, I agree. The people who buy my books aren't the ones who follow my blog, and vice versa, except in just a few isolated cases. Which is why I don't like promoting my books on my blog. Generally, I think people go to a blog for other reasons than to hear a sales pitch.

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  3. I am so insecure about social media and all the other things out there for authors.I seems just as I get a handle on one, there are dozens more that crop up.

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  4. I've been wondering about my blog vs. website too. I can put my blog within my website, but then I'm losing Blogger. Not so sure I want to do that.

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    1. Donna, Yep that's what's holding me back too. Blogger is its own community and I value that community.

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  5. I try to stick to blogging with a little Twitter and Goodreads thrown in for good measure.
    And I don't think I've ever sent out a 'buy my book' Tweet.

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  6. Insecure writers, huh? Is there any other kind? *grin*

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  7. Hi Karen,

    Just yesterday I read a post from a reader who said she buys lots of books because of Twitter. She doesn't like the @ and # in tweets but loves the book promos. Go figure.

    I've deserted my web site as well, but am going to devote some time to it soon. It's good to have both, I think.

    Monti
    Mary Montague Sikes

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    1. Monti, I'm amazed by this but I guess it must work or so many wouldn't be doing it right? Even when I've tweeted about my free book promos it doesn't seem to have any effect, but then I may tweet once or twice and I think the word is you have to do it every 5 minutes or something like that.

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  8. I like blogging and the community here. I'm only on FB to make sure my kids aren't doing anything stupid in public. And I don't get the point of twitter. I'm not at the point to worry much about it yet. I'm sure I will when I'm closer to the finish line.

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    1. I agree Tonja - Can u imagine the Twitter Buzz - I cannot even begin to imagine someone getting excited because some famous movie star sent a tweet to 1 million + tweeters and everyone thinks the message was just for them - YIKES - get real people. I would never purchase a book based on a tweet. I search for new authors and read reviews and read previews and I just found Karen in the Blogging Community and I am now just going to read more of this girl. Best of luck with new book. Atlantic small town Canada :)

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  9. i think a lot of people feel that way.

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  10. All I do is blog, but I can definitely understand being insecure about it. I've been questioning my own methods lately and wondering if I should do an overhaul.

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  11. So much insecurity… No one knows what works, if by this we mean what sells books. But I am certain the writerly juices will run dry if we put energy where there’s no joy.
    Got to like it, and worry about efficacy later.

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    1. Mirka, I have a new book coming out. I think I'm transferring the insecurity about that to my blog LOL.

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  12. Oh yeah, you just reminded me to Tweet about IWSG. I've been getting a little more into Twitter...but yeah, what you said about tooting your own book.

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  13. I think you can put as much time into each social networking site as you want to. Otherwise it would feel too much like work or an obligation, and then it wouldn't be any fun.
    Even though I don't have a Twitter page, I have looked at other people's pages. My favorite is Conan O'Brien's because he's so funny. But then the other day I saw one random guy's page where all of his tweets said "I posted a new Facebook photo." Sheesh. So I can relate to your not wanting to read endless Tweets about the same topic.

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  14. I have found that having my stuff/writing in too many places, people don't stay up w/ all of it. I combined my blog fb acct. w/ personal, b/c I don't get too personal anyway online, so it seems fine to just have one fb acct. I don't tweet, b/c I don't want to read running details about mostly insignificant things. I direct my google + and pinterest and fb accts. to my blog. That's the most comprehensive picture of who I am and what's happening in my life. I just joined pinterest b/c I love getting new ideas for all kinds of things, but I only log on about once a week. (Just wrote a post about it, actually.) I think a website could be designed into your blog, the main components anyway. You can set up different pages for the website info. When I'm reading, I like to find everything about a blogger/writer in one place, if possible.

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  15. I've got the same insecurities. I never know whether to Tweet something or not, always wondering how it'll make me come across or whether I've been keeping myself visible enough or if I'm not enjoying the friendship aspect of social media enough.

    For the moment, all of my social media reflects my professional side as well as a certain amount of my personal stuff. I never was very comfortable broadcasting lots of my personal life online so I think I slipped easily into the routine of trying to keep a professional appearance with social media.

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  16. Social media is a tricky one. I have to say though I do enjoy it. I have a personal Facebook page for writing, and keep my others private. Even still, we all have to be careful with how much we share online. Facebook is more about 'acquaintances' though than actual friends. I doubt too many people communicate with their real friends online.

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  17. I think you should do what you are happy and comfortable doing, not what you think you should be doing. I know there is some pressure to have an online presence, but you have that, so how you do it from then on, is your decision to make. If you're doing it, you need to enjoy it.

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  18. However you arrange it you'd probably wish you' done it another way. I keep my blog for writing and Twitter for anything and everything. I used to have a web site but the blog subsumed it...

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  19. Hi Karen .. I'm quite glad I'm only doing blogging at the moment - but really am not sure about Google+ .. I get so many emails about it and I don't do it - I did join .. but have never tried to use it ...

    Not having kids - removes the FB urge, and Twitter - no need right now ... but I enjoy reading everyone's comments etc - and learning from you all.

    The blog keeps me fairly occupied! If I had a book etc ... or even books ... I'd be somewhere in the middle of the ocean!!

    Cheers Hilary

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  20. Hi There - First Time Commenting - I have a kindle and love it. I search for new authors all the time and give the newbies a change - kinda tired of reading all the "Usual Great Authors" - everyone has to give the new kids a chance. Just ran into you today and now I shall go see if I can find you in kindle world. Cheers - Like your Blog :)

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