This past weekend I failed to reach my writing goal but I was hard at work on my writing career. As writers know, there is so much more to writing then just writing. This is a business so the trick is trying to consolidate where we can and strive for more actual writing time. That is why it is important to take a day every now to update and check-up your social media avenues.
It is becoming more important to have a web presence these days. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Youtube, Triberr, etc. On Saturday I made the big move from Blogger (my Pen to Publish blog) to WordPress. This was big for me. I am a writer and not a techno girl so it took hours of playing around and I’m still playing with it. For example, I really want to add a picture further up in my header on the home page but I’m still working on that one. The important thing is that I have content and a way to provide my followers with content on a more user-friendly avenue.
I also played around with Triberr. I feel that this is going to be a fantastic time management tool, which I love. Being the mom of a 20-month-old crazy toddler, an epileptic dog and two bunny rabbits- I need all the time management assistance I can get.
I want to spend sometime playing on Pinterest but I didn’t get to it on Saturday. I do plan to to give this a try especially after ready Bob Mayer’s post on Pinterest for Writers. There also is a webinar through Triberr coming up on April 3rd titled, Pinterest for Bloggers. I’m working this into my schedule around a family photo shoot. Yes, I’m attempting the impossible to get a professional picture of my husband, toddler, dog, two bunnies and I. Wish me luck and it is possible that I’m crazy.
Back to my social media topic, new social media options are popping up all the time. My advise to give each of them a 15 minute test. Play with it. Yes, it takes me longer than some to figure out online sites but if I’m not liking what I see as a user in 15 minutes then it probably isn’t for me. I knew within a 3 minutes (yes, I timed it) that I liked WordPress, the trick was setting it up. I also knew that I liked Triberr very quickly. As for testing results, that may take longer. I have the bonus of access to metrics analysis for most of my online freelance articles. This tells me how people are getting to my articles and therefore what medium is affectively getting me page views. Twitter is hands down the winner here where as Facebook hasn’t shown me much. Knowing such information has helped me customize my social media plan so that it helps me.
My friend Kristen Lamb is the go-to-gal when it comes to all things social media. Seriously, if you haven’t read her books “We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s Guide to Social Media” and “Are You There Blog? It’s Me, Writer” then you must! She also has a great blog, Warrior Writers as well. She really does a great job of explaining social media in a way that makes sense to online challenged folks like myself. Anyone can master this growing frontier and use it to harness more writing time. Let you platform eventually build itself and you can manage it while cranking out that word count.
What social media tricks and sites have impressed you lately?
How are you using them to gain back some more valued writing time?
Nat’s Personal Note:
Again, thanks for following me to my new home at WordPress. I will still be posting the same posts at Blogger for a month to help with the transition. During this time I would appreciate any help from y’all in trying to build my tiny following. I really am interesting J
I’ve been working on sending out family Easter cards. Yes, I’m behind on getting that family picture I mentioned but below is what I’m including in the card. I think it’s Easter appropriate! Meet my new bunnies, Jedi and Diamond!
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Until we meet again on Friday, keep writing and remember that we all have bad days- it’s how we manage the chaos that sets us apart in our attempts to be great instead of good.