(Producer notes – insert voice over – use the deep radio voice). “This is Doug Green reporting on the 99 Days of Freedom from Day 79”
(Producer notes – go for some semblance of sadness here) This is the “sad but true” ongoing issue of sorting out social media and the role it plays in my life. As members of society, we interact with people and we now have more choices than any past society. Authors have been told to get out there and interact – to promote their platforms – to support their readers and share.
There are only so many hours in a day and I get to decide how to spend those hours.
Doug notes to producer – sounds a little stilted to me.
Producer to Doug – shutup and just get on with it.
I can spend them in rich, person to person interactions with a very few people or I can spend them in relatively shallow fleeting relationships with many people (to identify the two extremes) The first is obviously with family, friends and neighbours. The second is on social media sites in full view of thousands of others. Somewhere between those is email and website commenting. When you think about it, it’s an amazing set of options we now have at our disposal.
Over the last few years, I’ve done all of those (and sometimes I think more) and it’s time for me to fully think about them all – and what they mean both for myself as an individual and also for me as a writer. So as a diary and experiment this is fully meeting my goals and expectations.
Tuesday September 2
It’s September and this means first day of school. Oh yeah – parents weep with joy and kids are excited/terrified/pissed-off about resuming their
I got a note from Facebook this morning. “Doug Green fans want to hear from you” was the title and in the lovingly-crafted note from Mark’s computer was the suggestion I get my ass back to Facebook and start communicating. It told me of all the content I could put up there and even gave me a link to do so.
There’s nothing says success like having tripped an automated email switch for non-participation.
But then this little note also appears in my inbox about how there are growing signs that social media sites may not be healthy for individuals. This is not the first I’ve seen but clearly one of the larger studies. I can’t make an assessment of the study methodology I note.
But I’m starting to recover from any need to go online. How the twitch to check out the latest link or latest update has almost totally disappeared. How I’m feeling much better about shutting down the computer and going outside to do “stuff”. Interesting – but it’s still early days.
Thursday September 4
I’m working my way through several ebooks on e-publishing right now by Steve Scott “61 Ways to Sell More NonFiction Kindle Books” and Tucker Max’s “The Bookstrapper Guide to Marketing Your Book” and both are interesting. Both repeat the now-familir refrain from Sean Platt et al’s book “Write Publish Repeat” about the most important thing to do – write a ton. Nothing else works as well as continually adding more material to Amazon, getting the metadata right and then putting another excellent book out the door.
Social media – if done at all – is limited and tested for effectiveness. But bottom line, it’s about putting out good material and getting a lot of reviews that drives ongoing sales.
I shouldn’t say I’m working my way through two at the same time. I read one at a time and make copious notes
This is how they look in my “learning” notebook. I use an artist’s blank page drawing book, stock up with coloured pens and make notes about the content highlighting in different colours for different kinds of thoughts or actions. In this case, green is “author action required”. I’m not saying I’d really do this stuff; it’s a note from a book after all and this is one way I force myself to remember and sort through all the stuff I read about. Yeah – some of the most important lessons you learn, you learn in kindergarden (like how to colour) 🙂
The takeaway lesson from almost every book I’ve read this year (about a dozen as I write) is that making readers happy is the single most important thing you can do. After that, it’s write more, get the metadata right on Amazon and let that system take care of e-sales. Then write some more.
Questions of the Week
Is social media like an addiction? Can you do “just a little bit” ? Or, does it suck you in? If you have an addictive personality – does that make a difference? How much is “enough” and how much is overkill?
p.s. I’m not asking you these questions – they’re the ones that are appearing in my writer’s journal. But the notion of social media addiction (and the explicit social approval it generates) interests me right now.