Tuesday, November 8, 2011

What's your preference?

Like everybody out there, my life is busy and time to do the things I love is always very precious. If you're anything like me, you snatch whatever free moments you have to work on your writing or any aspect related to that.

Because my book went online this week, I have decided to dedicate this week to marketing. Next week, I need to establish a routine where I manage to fit in marketing and writing. I know the balance is going to be tough to find.

I find social media all consuming, but it is so necessary. I have a Facebook page, this blog, a twitter account (MelissaPearlG) and author pages on Goodreads, Amazon and Smashwords. Keeping up with all of these things takes time and finding minutes spare for writing is becoming harder and harder.

I guess what I'm wondering is how people fit it all in? I love to blog, so I often fall back on that as my main form of social media. I know others prefer Twitter, some are Facebook fanatics. Realistically, we can't do it all.

So, what's your preference?
How do you like to get yourself out there?
How do you find time to fit it all in?

12 comments:

  1. I have to confess that almost socail-media illiterate. What I mean is that it's really hard for me to use it (even my blog is a challenge). I have facebook and twitter accounts, but I only end up logging on once or twice a month. I'm far too absent minded; I genuinely don't remember to check facebook/twitter or post anything on them. If I ever get to the point where I can afford it (e.g. if I ever own a business or something like that), I'm totally hiring a personal assistant to handle those things for me.

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  2. A personal assistant - I'm liking that idea :)

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  3. Boy, this is hard. I've mostly worked on keeping us with my blogs--personal blog and book blog. I joined FB, but I mostly use that to keep in touch with friends and family. I joined Twitter and make the mistake of following everyone who followed me and I was drowned in tweets. (Authors promo-ing their books (a few is okay), but one author was sending out dozens of promo tweets a day, other people retweeted everything that others tweeted.) The bottomline is the most beneficial to my book sales have been the blogs. But then, maybe I'm not using FB and Twitter as well as I could be.

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  4. I feel like I'm drowning a little in tweets, which is why I enjoy blogging more. I guess it's matter of finding what you like and using it as effectively as you can.

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  5. Personal Assistant?? Pick me, pick me!!!

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  6. I consider myself pretty savvy and yet even I know that were I to take my blogging to a bigger scale, I would need to get help to do so to make sure I was maximizing my reader potential. For now, I just do it for fun. I have my blog post to Facebook and Twitter every time I publish a post. In the last three days, I have had over 100 hits a day on my blog. My lifetime average is about 45 hits a day. A number of people have said that they find it easy to follow my blog because the notification of a new post is right there in their feed (although I think it could get a little annoying?) and so easy to click on. For me, the blogs I follow are ones I find worth following. I start all blogs in my Google Reader and follow notifications of new posts. I read the posts diligently and then, if I think they are useful blogs to spend my (precious) computer time on, I will bookmark them. Works for me. Oh, and I would like to throw my hat in the ring for Personal Assistant. Dream job!

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  7. That's a pretty good hit rate on your blog, Sonya. I'd like to aim to get mine that high. I've started to blog more frequently, partly because I enjoy it and also because it puts me in people's faces on a more regular basis :)

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  8. I'm terrible at managing my time! Still trying to find a way past it. Recently, I plan out which days I will just write and dedicate another to blogging. But it might not be a good idea -.-;

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  9. Sabrina - I was thinking of trying to dedicate one day to blogging and others to writing. I guess I'll have to test it and see if it works :)

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  10. Mel, you pipped my post. :) I am doing a post on social media later today which may answer your questions. My personal preference is FB (setting up a separate author profile that runs separately from your personal profile), FB Fan Pages, Twitter and my blogs. I do have a G+ account but do not really enjoy it. I still find most people are on fb and twitter. FB also has networked blogs so someone ca follow your blog/s through FB instead of opening a whole lot of different windows on the browser. The most important thing is that if writing is your business you have to treat it as such and use every marketing tool available. Twitter is fantastic for attracting new fans and readers as well as networking from all over the world. You put out a tweet and it is readable by anyone in the world who happens to be online. That is a potential huge fan base. As indies (self pub/smallpress) we have to get market savvy and start promoting ourselves. Even if your are traditionally published with the Big NY 6 you are still expected to have an online presence.
    Anyway will post more tips in this regard on my bog later today.
    :)
    - KK

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  11. kkoning - you're a total legend when it comes to social networking. You write amazing blogs and seem to have a real business sense with the way you approach writing. I admire you :)

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