Okay it’s now just after nine London time. I’ve made myself yet another large mug of coffee and sat down to work on Lover’s Retreat, novella #2 of my series. I’ve been distracted by the fifty two week Romance Writer’s Blogging Challenge. I’ve missed a few weeks, I do have a good excuse I’ve been writing. So here I am catching up with Jazz FM playing nicely in the background. Week fifteen is all about social media hang-ups we may have as writers… well what can I say, believe it or not I have a rather love hate relationship with social media. Which is probably not the best thing to say as an author! As it does so much to reach out to readers and showcase our work.
Here’s the deal, before I was a publish author, when I just messed around writing and journaling with no real intention to publish anything or write novels I NEVER used social media personally. I hated it. My view was (and I say was as I use it for a different purpose now) I don’t need a Facebook account to keep in touch with friends and loved ones. If I know you you’ll be in my phone book or contacts and I’ll call, text or whatsup message you. I don’t need to email you, or put an update on the internet to tell you what I’m up to, you’ll know via phone or in person.What the fuck is Facebook all about? What’s the point in that.. huh? That was me before this whole new direction in life kicked off.
I also thought that social media was the cause of many relationship problems, your other half spending too much time on it, sending messages to random people, keeping in touch with ex- partners that kind of a thing. Anyone here ever watched Jeremy Kyle the day time talk show… umm you know what I mean now? Why are all the people on that show obsessed with Facebook? Or have some kind of problem that started with ” I saw this on Facebook and so I ….” So I just ignored social media.
My hang up with it (social media) was as I thought it could be used to just paint a picture of your life, that may not even be true. You may not be as happy as Larry, enjoying all the updates you post. I thought Facebook was full of smoke and mirrors. As for Twitter… who? I’m a rather talkative person, I could not imagine squeezing all I have to say into 140 characters LOL.
Now, of course I see the benefit of social media, and it has done wonders for me to grow as an author and continue to grow. My feelings now are that social media can be a positive thing, you can connect with people you’d never have a chance to meet in real life. Take for example my new monthly feature Meet The Author, this has been sooooooooooo popular! I’ve had so many authors contact me for a feature, which I am over the moon about. I would never have the chance to connect with them, or read their wonderful work if it were not for social media. That’s because I put out a call for authors over Facebook and Twitter, authors from the other side of the world as well as the UK have connected with me. I can’t wait to share all their interviews with you. Meeting a lot of you out there who are reading this, has all been down to social media. Which is great. I now see that social media does have a place in the world with some kind of use and meaning.
So I guess, my hang-ups on social media have changed (a bit),as I can now see how it can be used to my personal advantage as a writer. In my personal life I still think just call me don’t FB me and ask me how I’m doing! I doubt I’ll ever entertain it for personal use, as an author yes and that’s as far as it will ever go.
Do you have a hang up with social media? Do you love it or hate it?