I did it to myself, I know. I spent this past year learning about how to use social media (or at least experimenting with it) in order to increase my writing skills and visibility. I’m Facebooked, Twittered, LinkedIn and Inked In. The bottom of my information pyramid is print media (magazines) and email.
I like Facebook and have connected with old friends and made new ones there; they also have an application – Networked Blogs – that provides an automatic feed from my blog into my profile page and makes it accessible on its own network for others who are searching. This one I’ll keep.
Twitter’s fun; I can follow my two not-so-secret crushes (Dr. Drew and Cesar Millan) and other random friends and family. But after I decided to follow a popular literary agent and Writer’s Digest, I’m being stalked by writing coaches who offer services; not something I had planned on or wanted. I don’t mean to single them out, though – my other stalkers include dog trainers and political campaigns. So I’m considering modifying my Twitterhood and sticking to non-professional interests.
LinkedIn is my least active site, but I’ll keep it just to have a work presence and to give other people references; Inked In is good for late night conversations with other insomniac creative-types and I’ll drop in occasionally.
But the time has come to reach some decisions: Today I received the same information via Twitter and email from Writer’s Digest. Enough is enough. Unless you want me to post it here for you on my blog…
Oh, yes, my blog. More social media – but at least I own it.