SLOW DOWN AND SMELL THE COFFEE!

Moonday Madness

A blog about the craft of writing

March Moonday Madness has become Social Media Monday’s. We started off with Keri Silk and her new book Virtual Freedom: Stop Wasting Time on the Web – Get and Retain Customers Effortlessly. Read Keri’s blog “Don’t Should On Yourself” HERE. Last week I blogged on one of the easy ways we newbies can improve your blog. I’m sure some of you noticed I violated it immediately. To find out my number one tip for bloggers, click HERE.  Today I’m adding in another nugget in my series of where people go wrong with blogs.

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SLOW DOWN AND SMELL THE COFFEE!

If you read Keri’s blog, she advised figuring out what you want to do with your blog and your business and directing your efforts. I’m going to take that one step farther and say, only do what you enjoy.

“So, my recommendation to my clients is: find things to do online that you enjoy (blogging, answering interviews, hosting a website, talking on twitter, etc.) and do those things in moderation. Be authentic, have fun with it, and keep the time commitment reasonable.” Sara Megibow, March 2012 Nelson Literary Agency Newsletter.

As busy beavers we work, work, work at out chosen career. And we blog, blog, blog trying to maintain what others have said we need to do. When we try to do too much it not only takes the focus away from our writing, but it rips all the enjoyment out of it. One of the lovely things about being an author is having a career you love and when you add in too many things you don’t love, what happens? You end up hating the career that is supposed to be your dream.

No one want to end up hating their dream. Writing is tough anyway, it should at least be fun.  Limit yourself, not just to doing what you have time for and advances your readership, but doing the things you enjoy. For instance, I don’t do Linked In. I tried it and I realized it didn’t connect me to readers, just business people. I don’t have time for that. Maybe some of you have found it valuable, but I think it’s just one more thing for me to do. So I’ve opted out.

I am still struggling with Facebook. I don’t love the format and just when I think I’m figuring it out, they change things. REALLY don’t like that. But I’m able to struggle along with it and it can be fun seeing what everyone else is up to. I figure it will get easier, so I’m keeping it. I do like seeing everyone’s comments and there is so much more room than Twitter. So for me, it’s a keeper.

The real keeper is Goodreads. I am just starting to explore Goodreads. I get to see what everyone else is reading and keep up on discussions. Not that I’ve got that much time to to that, but it looks like something I will enjoy, so it’s a keeper.

Twitter, I love.

No, seriously. I know I don’t always tweet, sometimes my life interferes, but I still like it. I love the sound bites. The skill involved in splicing a sentence down to it’s components so you can squeeze more in. I love the funny one liners. So Twitter is a win!

And of course there is the blog. I have two. This one and my first Friday of the month appearance on Paranormal Freebies. Paranormal Freebies is for sharing other authors with lots of readers, this one is just for me. And all of you, of course. Here I get to do whatever I want, bounce from topic to topic. Paranormal Freebies sticks to the supernatural side of things.

So I’m doing what I want, maybe a little over comitted and wishing I wrote more, but I’m having fun. How about you? What social media do you find fun? Do you use SM for your career, or just to connect with friends. I do both, how about you?

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11 responses to “SLOW DOWN AND SMELL THE COFFEE!

  1. Social media friends or writer connections? Both. There’s nothing like promoting each other, paying it forward, sharing the angst, celebrating the achievements to quickly establish a cyber-friendship with writers. The “now following your blog” emails are smooch-worthy!

    I am finally, finally moving into a comfort zone with my blog. Twitter? I use it to promote blogs I find informative and entertaining. Facebook? I don’t use it as effectively as I should. I know it’s a powerful resource for making connections. I’m a newbie with Goodreads, but see why you find it powerful, Jessica. And, I’m glad I accepted a Triberr invitation. It’s a handy place to meet up with fellow members of the tribe, read and promote their sites.

    Managing SM time? That burden is mine. I have no one to blame but myself–trust me, I’ve looked for someone else to blame–for using it as a procrastination fascination. GREAT topic and links, Jessica.

    • Thanks Gloria,

      I signed up for Triberr too, and have done absolutely nothing with it. Nada. Zilch. And I know it is supposed to be a time saver, not a time sucker. I just need extra time to figure out how to use it so it does save me time.

      Your blog rocks! You may be finally feeling comfortable, but it has seemed like you were a blogging natural from day one. Okay, maybe day two. But way earlier than me, for sure! And you are also a super friend, hopping by everyone’s blog on a regular basis. That’s something I need to do better. Blogging was scary at first, but now I find it a great place to share with my buddies. Thanks for coming by, buddy! 🙂

  2. Much of the new social media are time killers that distract me from my goal of connecting to readers and writing. My absolute essential social media list includes: Twitter (I LOVE IT), GoodReads (Haven’t used it to its full potential..yet) and the maintaince of my website/blog (darkersideofromance.com). I have never been able to connect with Facebook (Too complicated and too many changes). I primarily use social media to connect to readers & extend my platform. While it’s wonderful to connect with fellow writers-I have to limit the amount of time I spend doing so. Why? They probably aren’t going to buy my book.

    • You never know about the book buying from fellow writers, many of us are readers or know readers. But I agree that it is very easy to spend all your time conversing with fellow writers. Look at me today!

  3. I haven’t really built my boards yet, but I enjoy Pinterest so much more than Facebook. Of course, I’m a visual person. 🙂

  4. Jessica, I can identify with so much of what you say. I love Twitter, don’t love Facebook, like Goodreads and want to spend more time on it in the future. I keep telling myself, “I can do it. I can do it.”

  5. I don’t understand how anyone can keep up following 13,000 tweeters. Boggles the mind, but I do like the format.

    I find Facebook easy peasy, and have joined a few groups.I love Goodreads, but I find Twitter and Facebook are growing faster.

    Like anything, social media grows as a result of the effort we put into it, so my struggle as my readership grows is to find the time to reciprocate, which can never be undervalued.

    • After reading the RWA survey where all these social media things didn’t add up to how influential an author’s webiste is, I had to re-evaluate. Not that I’ve had time to re-evaluate, but it’s on my list!

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