Friday, April 26, 2013

Social Media Overload

Gosh, is it Friday already?

Haven’t had a chance to try my new walking shoes yet. Why? Rain. Cold. You pick and you’ll be correct. Looks like the weather will be drying out and warming up this weekend, so I’m hoping to get more walking in next week.

I signed up for a free class with RWA regarding Social Media. Yikes! Too many people signed up for that. Frankly, I didn’t really learn anything new with what I’m doing already. I doubt I’ll ever tweet - not unless I owned a smart phone first anyway. And regarding an author page on Facebook, I think I’ll worry about that if I ever get close to 5000 friends. I’d be surprised if that ever happened, though. But don’t let that stop you from friending me (pick me! pick me!). My badge is located on the side panel, below all those blogs I follow!

The thing that gets me is that all these writers are setting up author pages and asking everyone to LIKE them. Why? I mean, if I had a page, I would want people who will read or have read my books to like my page. But to have likes just to have likes? It doesn’t make sense. Don’t you think it’s better to have 5 people like your page who have read your work and are willing to buy your next book than 100 likes of people who only liked you because you liked them back?

FYI: If I like your page, it’s because I like your work. I thought that’s how Facebook was supposed to work. Am I wrong?

Then there’s my blogging. In case you never noticed, I don’t do blog hops. Maybe they generate followers, but they’re time suckers. Not only do I have to come up with one or more postings, I’m kind of required to visit everyone else, too. Sometimes I feel like I spend TOO much time blogging as it is, but hey, it’s about the only time I’m actually interacting with other people. Besides, it’s fun now. Why turn it into work?
I'm hoping to see "Oblivion" this weekend. Anyone else interested in that? Don't know when we'll see it, though. We have tickets to a Dragons Game Saturday night. At least this Saturday night won't be as cold as last Saturday night, but I'll probably still need to bundle up.

On Monday I hope you’ll stop by. I’m helping James Garcia Jr. in revealing the cover to his new novel, and it’s pretty cool!

Have a great weekend!





LD Masterson said...

I'm still resisting Twitter, too, but I'll join in on the occasional blog hop if I like the topic and it only runs for one day. (I can't even think about the A to Z challenge.) I've discovered some enjoyable new blogs that way and picked up some new followers of my own.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Linda - I've discovered those kinds of blog hops way too late to join unfortunately. Or maybe fortunately. I'd probably end up forgetting if it was too far into the future! :)

Maria Zannini said...

Nowadays, I'm rather particular about where I appear for a book release but I'll never willingly do a blog hop.

In theory, it's a nice idea. Lots of people getting together to comment on each other's blogs, but I can't help feeling it's a bit false.

People reciprocate because they feel obligated. I'd rather people comment on my blog because they felt I said something interesting, beneficial, or I gave them a place to give their opinion.

Yes, blog hops are a good way to meet lots of new people. And maybe it's like speed-dating. With lots of options you're bound to find someone with whom you have chemistry, but it seems an awful lot of work.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Maria - I agree, it does seem like an awful lot of work. So glad I'm not the only one who feels that way! :)

The Happy Whisk said...

No Twitter or Facebook for me. Though Tim set one up so I can like pages and get coupons. That's fun but I don't go back to those pages of ever really do anything else with it.

I don't SmartPhone, and barely even turn the cell on. People do all these mobile coupons and eh, just not my cuppa.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Ivy - If not for this writer's business, I probably wouldn't even bother with Facebook. And don't even get me started on a smart phone! Ha ha!!

The Happy Whisk said...

Stacy: Have you tried G+ yet? Me no.

Stacy McKitrick said...

I think I looked at it once and didn't care for it. I'm on another social site (WANA), but never go there, either. If I went everywhere, I'd never get any writing done.

Jen B said...

I do Twitter, Google+, and recently tried blog hops for the first time. All this social networking forced me to be more social with my blog than I ever had been and it's been a lot of fun so far.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jen B - I guess I'm just not a very social creature. What am I saying? I'm NOT a social creature! :) At least you're having fun, and that's the important thing. If it's not fun, you shouldn't do it.

Jen B said...

I'm normally not very social so this is all new for me. But I'm having fun til it stops being fun! :)