Meta Monday: Social Media Help, Please!

MetaMondays5I signed up for Snapchat recently. I don’t think it’s meant for people my age—the forty-somethings—but hey. The New York Times praised its innovations, so I figured I’d give it a try.

Wow. I have no idea what to do with it. I managed to set my profile pic so I’m not just a ghost. And I’ve viewed certain stories, but otherwise I’m lost. Fortunately, I have younger cousins who will, I hope, take pity on me and show me what to do. (But if you have any hints, leave them in the comments!)

Meanwhile, I’m rethinking my use of all social media. It’s supposedly important for an author, so I should pay more attention to it than I have thus far.

I spend a decent amount of time on Facebook, so I’d like to create an author page. Goodreads is an excellent resource for both readers and writers, so my goal for 2017 is to do a lot more with my groups than just casually check in.

But what about Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram? They’re all fun, but I don’t lavish attention on them—except to follow fandom news. I’ve rediscovered my love for Pinterest, however. Now I’m trying to figure out how to use it in a way that will magically satisfy my cravings as an author, reader and fangirl.

And should I regulate my time? Give myself an hour on social media every morning and then ignore it for the rest of the day? No, I’ll break that rule with the first alert that Misha Collins is live-streaming.

All right. Clearly I need to research more and experiment more.

How do you use social media? As an author tool, a blogging tool, a fandom tool or just a way to keep up with friends and family? Do you set limits on the time you spend on your favorite sites? Do you restrict yourself to just a couple of sites, or try to keep on top of them all? Help me out by letting me know in the comments!

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12 Responses to Meta Monday: Social Media Help, Please!

  1. inkbiotic says:

    This is a real problem of mine, I don’t like social media. I have a Twitter account, but my thoughts are too rambling to fit the space; I have a Facebook account, but it brought out the worst in me, so I quit. Blogging is the one bit of social media that makes sense to me. I keep hearing about Goodreads though, is that a good way to connect to other writers?

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    • J.R. Handley says:

      Me either…. hopefully Facebook and my blog better be enough! 🙂

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    • Jenn Moss says:

      Thanks for the response, Ink! I think lots of people have had your experience on FB–was it because of political arguments and such? (I’ve mostly been successful at avoiding angry debates, though there are a couple of notable exceptions.)

      Authors seem to be split about Goodreads. (See Liz’s comment below.) I think Josh Lanyon uses hers very well, for example. She has a fan group on there with good interactions (or she did last time I was on regularly.) She just doesn’t comment on reviews. (A good thing, I think.)

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      • inkbiotic says:

        Hmm, I just have to check Goodreads out, I think. If nothing else it will get me reading something new.
        With Facebook, it just seemed to bring out paranoia in me, I’d compare my life with others and feel like I was doing it all wrong. Which is daft because I’m doing exactly what I want with my life (well, more or less) and I didn’t really want the lives I saw on FB. That may just be my wonky brain playing tricks though.

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  2. Liz says:

    I used to blog a lot as an author but the only ones who read my posts were fellow authors. I needed to reach readers and for that, I went to Facebook. I have a Facebook page and also a readers group, and I try to engage the best I can with readers and fellow authors. I’m also on Instagram and Twitter. I used Snapchat a lot more when my son’s friends were on there but as an author, I didn’t see any reason to use it as my target audience is a lot older, from about 30 – 50 and I find them on Facebook the most.

    I guess it depends on your target audience, and where they mostly hang out, but also where you’re most comfortable. I schedule some of my posts with Buffer and Crowdfire, and also interact with other authors via hashtags on Twitter like #teasertuesday, #mondayblogs, #1LineWed and so many more.

    Now Goodreads for me is a no-author zone. Perfect for me as a reader but not as an author. But my books show up anyway so I have an account there but I try not to go there at all if I can help it.

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    • Jenn Moss says:

      Wow, thanks so much for this meaty reply and for sharing your experiences! Yeah, I don’t think Snapchat will help me as an author either. I’m trying it mostly for the way they curate their stories. Haven’t figured out what else to do with it yet.

      Thanks for the Twitter hashtags! I’ll check those out. I mostly use twitter for friends and fandom now, so I really should expand. (I’m not familiar with Buffer and Crowdfire, but I shall investigate!)

      As for Goodreads, I wouldn’t comment on my own reviews or anything, but I’ve seen authors use it to good effect. (Like Josh Lanyon, whom I mentioned in another comment above.) That may be more an LGBTQ thing? A lot of the groups about books with LGBTQ protagonists–that’s primarily what I write–seem to be quite author-friendly. But in the end, you might prove right! I’ll just have to experiment.


      • Liz says:

        I started on Twitter as part of a fandom but had to leave that fandom when I had to concentrate on my author profile more. The hashtags are fun and there are some wonderful weekly discussions about writing that I join when I’m online and also those hashtag events as well.

        I do like Snapchat as a viewer, nothing more. As a producer of my own content, I’d rather stick to Instagram because it last longer and there’s a company, Chatbooks, that compiles all my posts into a mini book every month 🙂

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  3. sepultura13 says:

    I hate (anti)social media – no Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or any of that crap for me…and I’m still a thirty-something, so it isn’t an age thing!

    WordPress and my online game are pretty much my only forms of ‘social’ media, and they get me foaming at the mouth with rage in their own ways, LOL

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