If you are a writer, especially a writer who is trying to get noticed, then you know the importance of Social Media. Yes, Social Media is a tool for sharing your stories with the world, connecting with your readers, and creating a name for yourself.
However, there is one major problem with social media that I feel writers face. I know it’s a big issue for me. The issue is – there are so many options!
Yes, with the ever growing internet and numerous websites, one has to wonder which sites work best for them. From what I’ve learned, it all depends on your goals. For example,
Deviantart – It’s one of the best websites for artist
Scribophile – For story reviews
WordPress – It’s good if you want to write articles and post flash fiction.
On all three of these sites, you can post your stories. However, certain websites have a different focus. Then you have to ask yourself, “Which website works best for me?”
Honestly, it’s hard to know what website will work at first, and most of the time you have to do a test run. When I first started out on WordPress, it was just a test. I never expected to get almost 500 followers. It wasn’t my goal to get followers here, and I was just blogging for fun.
Now since I’ve done well here, I want to keep writing content for everyone. Remember, if you don’t do well on a website, don’t get discouraged. You won’t do well on every social media site you’re on. My only advice is to find a site that works for you and keep growing followers there.
Once you have a main base of operation, bring your followers from one site to another. That’s what I did with my Wattpad, Fanfiction.net, and FictionPress. However, I do still post some stories on Wattpad. Why you ask? Because even though I hate that website, I do have some wonderful readers there. It may not be many, but the readers I have always comment on my work and support me.
If you find you don’t have time to manage all your sites, well then, make time! I’m not trying to be harsh or mean, but social media is a monster that craves attention. It wants to chew on new and meaningful content every day. If that monster decides to message you or comment on your work, then you better respond.
For me, I try to dedicate an hour every day to every social media site I’m on. For example, WordPress gets an hour of my day for reading blog posts and commenting. That’s on top of work, schoolwork, reading, and writing.
When managing your social media, you want to remember the following:
- Dedicate time every day to your sites
- Post new and meaningful content
- Decide what your end goal is. If you want to write YA books, then consider a site like Wattpad.
- If you post stories, try to post only complete work or stories you can often update (I’m bad with this one, trust me)
- Respond to your readers and messages
That’s all from me today. I hope this was helpful – ^__^
How do you manage all your social media sites?