The Importance of Social Media

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I have found social media to be a time consuming process; but it’s worth the time, so don’t snub it.

I’ve created an exponential growth of valuable followers. I have found excellent websites, very creative individuals, and supporters. The amount of information I find from those tweets, through Facebook, images through Pinterest, reviews from Goodreads, etc. provides something; whether that is an idea, a fact, a decision, laughter or helps me with my thoughts—it’s a piece to the creative puzzle—for use.

That’s important to think about as a marketer. Regardless of your background—writer, artist, scientist—it’s allowing you to put yourself and your ware out there for sale, for information, for increased attention. Think of Tyler Oakley (to read more visit my 22 February post).

Examples:

Through Facebook, I learned what vibrissae are. For readers who don’t know, it’s the stiff hairs on the snout of an mammal. That might not mean anything to you, but it does to me as a writer.

From a tweet, I saw an image that blew my mind away. Two hours later, I had written a 3,000 word short story that I can see as a book and a series. There was no pause in my writing; it was immediate. It was pure euphoria.

That’s what any creative wants; that euphoria of creativity.

What I ask from my readers is to rethink what you know about social media and see how it can work for you.

2 thoughts on “The Importance of Social Media

  1. I so agree, Christine. When my computer dies or my internet goes down, I panic. To me, the internet and social media are like a 24/7, worldwide library. I’ve always been a rather introverted, shy person, but social media gives me the opportunity to learn from and interact with people from all walks of life, all over the world. I feel more comfortable communicating through the written word, or through pictures, than by speaking.

    For my upcoming memoir release, I’ve had the best time learning how to use social media to spread the word. And like you, sometimes a link from a tweet or a FB post spurs a whole new avenue of creativity for me.

    Thanks for this inspiring post!

    1. Hi Frances,

      It does provide another avenue of experience, one specifically for me is fact finding…it’s those bits of information that can provide depth to a story. Images are another one to help me out of a writing slump or to nail a part of the story I couldn’t see.

      I never know what I might find…

      Thanks for reading!

      Christine

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