Swimming Through More Social Media!

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photo by Soljaguar

Thanks for the tips about handling Twitter and Facebook. I’m glad there are so many of you who are comfortable with the ever-changing landscape of social media. You’re heroes to those of us who aren’t so comfortable! Let’s continue the discussion. I’d love to hear if and how you use the following, and any ideas you have for me to join the fun.  🙂

Websites – I’ve visited a lot of websites over the years. Some are wonderful – easy to navigate, fun information. Others are a bit of a nightmare – difficult to navigate, dark and gloomy, nothing relevant or even interesting.GoDaddy logo

I’m pretty sure my website falls in the second category. I don’t think it’s dark or gloomy, but I’m not sure it serves a purpose. I haven’t really done anything with it lately. Feel free to take a look at it and let me know what you think would Wordpress logohelp (including dump the whole thing and start fresh!). I’m wondering if I should move it over here to WordPress so it’s one-stop shopping for my info. Not sure if that would make a difference?   stacymonson.com

Questions for you:  If you have a website, did you create it yourself or pay someone else to do it? How’s it working for you? (e.g. do people visit your site? comment on it? contact you through it?) How often do you update it? What do you appreciate about other people’s websites?

Goodreads – I hear this is a great place to interact with readers and writers, but I have to be Goodreads logohonest. I haven’t been out there much since I’m either writing or editing lately. And to make matters worse, I don’t know where all my info went! I had a bunch of books listed, connections with friends, etc. but now it’s a blank slate. Eeek!

It may be obvious by now that I get quickly overwhelmed with the sheer volume of information on social media sites. And there’s a ton of info on Goodreads. I’m not sure how to wade through and find what’s the most useful. I’m thrilled to have my first book coming out in June 2014, but I don’t want to be one of those people who pops up here and there just to promote my own work. If I’m going to utilize Goodreads the best possible way, I want to know how to interact with people, share helpful information, and learn from others.

Questions for you:  How do you use Goodreads? If you’re a writer, do you find it a good place to meet and chat with readers? What do you find most useful?

Brenda

Brenda

Blogging – If you read my Home page of Land of 10,000 Words, you’ll see that I started this blog a bit under protest. To succeed in the writing world, I was told, I must blog. Blog about what, I asked. Find your niche and blog about that, “they” said. My niche? There are millions of blogs out there and I’m supposed to come up with a unique niche???

I know a lot of writers. And most of those writers blog. I wish I had time to read all of their posts but that would take a huge amount of time. I’ll admit it – I tend to skim. And I rarely leave a comment, mainly because I’m trying to read as many as possible and I don’t want to make some inane remark just to say something. But is it better to leave a quick remark to let the blogger know I stopped by than say nothing at all?

Joe

Joe

Questions for you:  Do you blog? Why? If you blog, do you find it a good way to interact with people? Do you blog for your career (if that’s outside of writing)? How do you build readership?

Here are a few that I follow. Some are informational, some are interesting, some are entertaining.

Steve

Steve

http://commotioninthepews.com/
http://brendaandersonbooks.com/
http://loveandlaundryblog.wordpress.com/
Rachelle Gardner
Steve Laube Agency
Steve Weins

I know many of you are happily blogging, or have a fabulous website, or know your way around Goodreads. I can’t wait to hear how it’s working for you! Thanks for sharing your expertise, knowledge and opinions. That’s the best way for all of us to learn – from each other!

Next Monday we’ll wrap up this topic. Any particular social media I should mention? What do YOU most like to do?

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About Stacy Monson

Stacy is an award-winning author and freelance writer. Shattered Image and Dance of Grace, Books 1 and 2 of the Chain of Lakes Series, are available on Amazon in print and ebook formats. Book 3 will release Spring of 2017. Past president and founder of MN-NICE, the Minnesota ACFW chapter, she is now the Area Director for Minnesota.
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2 Responses to Swimming Through More Social Media!

  1. Brenda Anderson says:

    Good questions, Stacy.

    Your website contains very good information. It’s easy to navigate and not too busy. Your site gives readers a taste of who you are, without being overwhelming. I think it’s smart for authors to have a website so readers can easily access that static information like your bio, the books you’ve written, links, etc.

    I created my own website & blog using WordPress–I like having control over it, being able to update it as needed. Although, I had an existing blog on Blogger, the experts all said to go with WordPress, so I made the switch. I’ve also read that it’s wise to have your blog as part of your website, so I’ve done that. Many readers have perused my website after landing on the blog so that proves that out for me anyway. Growing a readership? That’s a work in progress. Now, if I had the money, I’d pay someone to build a professional site and do all the SEO-type stuff that helps draw readers in. Someday maybe …

    As for Goodreads, I do have an account there, but use it mainly to track the books I’ve read. I’ve participated in a couple of author Q&A sessions, but found that that takes time I don’t have. (Also, Stacy, when I looked you up on Goodreads, it shows you have friends plus books on your shelf! Here’s the link: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/8084767-stacy-monson).

    My biggest question when it comes to social media, is how effective is it? Most people I know who are very active are writers–there are a few exceptions, of course, but it’s usage seems to be dwindling. I’m curious to know what others’ experiences are.

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    • Stacy Monson says:

      Brenda, you are one of the most social media savvy people I know! I love your website so I think I’m going to move mine to WordPress. I haven’t found GoDaddy to be all that user-friendly.

      I’m curious to hear from others on the importance and effectiveness of social media for others, as well!

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