Ladies and Gents, I present…. Stacy Jensen! I met her on my blog a while back when I blogged about my memoir. Yes, I write memoir. The entries have been far and in-between but slowly there is content growing. Stacy has been a stalwart commenter for me and when I asked her to do a guest post she said yes, to my delight. She has some wonderful insights to share with us.
The Key to Social Media: Do What Fits You
By Stacy S. Jensen
Social media is wonderful.
Social media is horrible.
I lean more toward wonderful, but some days it’s not so great.
Sometimes, I hear a bit of exhaustion in blog comments, Face book status updates and in Tweets. When a new social media site is mentioned, I hear groans, “Oh, please, not another one.”
Here are some ways to lighten the social media load:
- Write first, then socialize. Last year, I did the opposite. This year, I have more than 130 pages in my memoir written.
- Turn off all email notification in your profiles. If you visit your Facebook or Twitter feeds, you don’t need the emails. Turn them off.
- Change your blog schedule. Three posts a week is my magic number. Some bloggers post every day and others post once a week. Figure out what works best for you.
- Say yes to what you want to do and no to what you don’t. There are a lot of fun, wacky and time-consuming events in the blogosphere. Evaluate what works for your writing schedule, your blog and your personal life.
- Develop a social media schedule. Figure out how many blogs you want to visit each week, then divide that by the number of days you want to surf the Internet. Consider ways to show your love by leaving a comment, tweeting a link or sharing a link on Facebook. Use the share buttons on the blog to make it easy and quick.
- Take a break. I took a short hiatus around the holidays. I’ve seen other bloggers take off weeks or months. It’s okay. I think it’s wonderful when a blogger, who is a writer first, says, “Hey, I need to focus on my manuscript. I’ll be back.” Many of your readers are also writers and should respect this. When I see a post about a blogging break, I cheer and comment, “I’ll be here when you return.”
The importance of social media in the new publishing landscape whether it’s a Big Six publisher, an agent or a self-published author is clear. Reading all the expert and newbie blogs makes me understand it’s a numbers game of monthly blog hits and subscribers to establish a platform.
However, I cling to the idea that it’s really all about my writing. I need to focus on building a strong writing foundation or my platform means nothing.
Are you an out-of-control social media butterfly or do you have your social network under control?
Stacy S. Jensen loves her social network time after she’s finished working on her memoir and picture book manuscripts for the day. She used to work as a newspaper journalist. If you have time, visit her blog, like her Facebook page or send her a Tweet. If you don’t, she understands.
I took this photo in Tanzania. Thought it might go with this. This zebra stands out in this crowd of wildebeest.
Thanks to Stacy Jensen for this informative and fun guest post. I am amazed at how small the world is. I recently organized a crit group from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators MidAtlantic conference goers. One of the members had come across Stacy’s guest blog on Julie Hedlund’s 12X12in2012 blog and asked if I knew her. It was with great pleasure to tell him I did. And it has been an honor having Stacy here on my blog. If there are any questions please write them in the comments below. We love comments.
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