Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Other forms of media.

So who missed me yesterday? I was commenting but had to do some revisions to my baby and the kids are sick again so I have not been sleeping.  I also joined a book club, so I was trying to finish the book.  I talk more about that on Friday. I have made a decision that I am going to try and post three days a week.  If I post more--yeah-- but I need to really concentrate on my revisions plus I thought I would have more time to come up with some awesome posts.  I will try and comment everyday though.  So you haven't gotten rid of me yet :)

Some contest info:

Check out a cool contest on Elana Johnson's blog--great books will be given away.

Another contest on Shooting Stars (Bethany and Suzette)-lots of cool prizes.

The photo has nothing to do with this post but I liked it.

Here is something I have been wondering about and Jody Hedlund did an interesting post on this on Monday. She was so nice to respond to me. Thanks Jody!  The adventures of every form of media to get yourself out there.  Where to begin and what forms to choose? I was not a person to talk about myself what so ever and now--well-- I can't seem to shut up. I have e-mail, a Facebook page, joined Teen Fire and YALitChat but there is more. When and should I join Twitter and start a web page about myself? I see others have all of this but is it too much and when is the right time? So, I will focus on the two I don't have. The whole post is mainly questions because I would like to know about this stuff. Anyway, let me stop the babble and move on before you skip over this post entirely.

Twitter--When is the best time to join this group?

Do you think that it has helped you?

I guess I am wondering what is it?  Is it just another form of Facebook? (Not trying to sound naive or dare I say it ...old).

Should I consider getting involved in something like this?


Web page--Now is this something I should be looking into too?

I just finished my first draft and I am revising like crazy but should I consider a web page now?

I noticed many of you have one but I was not sure if there is a right time to do this?

I am looking for feedback on this so in advance --thanks. I am serious about my writing and hope to find an agent and get published (one day).  I am just looking to see what the masses thought of these forms of media and if I should wait on joining/starting these new ventures.

BTW- I will say it again, I do read all your comments and thank you for all your feedback from Monday's post.  It helps so much.  I think I may put up a little disclaimer in my sidebar to say-- I am sorry I may not get to answer your comments but I do read them.:)

Have a great day!

18 comments:

  1. I use Twitter just for fun, but there are also many useful bits of information out there (which I might never have found any other way).

    Now, a website, that's something different. I don't have one. Yet. But I guess if you're serious about all this writing and getting published stuff, it might be useful to build a website in advance, so by the time you might need to attract readers and spark their interest in you, there's already enough stuff you put on your website so they can go digging around.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi Christine! You know, I have all these same questions myself, but every time I think it over I arrive at the same conclusion, for me, at this point in my journey:

    Each new media platform takes time away from working on my WIP. I have been very active on Writing.com for two and a half years, and have been a blogging fool here since January. If I begin Tweeting, and create a FaceBook page where I open myself up to people I don't remember from high school, and launch a web page that will get my PaintShop Pro juices flowing again, I'll never finish my manuscript.

    I say, if you're a busy woman with kids and a hubby and a job and housework and a blog and the need for downtime...you should cross each bridge when you get to it. For me, the first bridge is finishing my book. Without that goal achieved, what's the point of all the other stuff, anyways?

    Others will probably have different advice -- and I look forward to hearing it!

    Have a fab day, sweetie!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hi Christine!

    Glad I could get your wheels spinning! I'm known to do that to people! ;-)

    Since I already gave you my thoughts about Twitter, I'll give you a brief thought about websites. Don't worry yet. If you want to start something, do it cheap and design it yourself. It will get you in the practice for later. But now that blogger has the website-like tabs that you can add to the blog, I'd even suggest just using them.

    I started to design my own website last year through Yahoo sitebuilder (very easy and inexpensive). But then I got a contract and stopped. Now I'm in the process of paying to have on developed professionally. I certainly wouldn't have paid big bucks before now; it just wouldn't have been worth it. Save the money and insteady hire a professional editor or go to a conference! Just my two cents! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Twitter hasn't helped me, but then again, I still don't get it. I use Facebook and I blog. I'm on Teen Fire and twitter but I don't really use either. I think it's best to do what you love, what you feel comfortable with. Try twitter anytime. If you love it, great! If you don't, I wouldn't stress about it. :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. Lots of important questions, especially as digital platforms are getting more and more important. I don't twitter, but do blog regularly. Also a web site does take a lot of thought to put together, but once it's up, the maintenance is minimal. It's just the initial set up that is time consuming, but when you're ready to query, agents see that you've given it attention already.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I don't know the answer to your question since I'm newer at this than you :) But just wanted to tell you we did miss you yesterday, hope your kids get better soon, and thanks for commenting on my blog even when your life is so hectic. Glad to see how serious you are about writing :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. Sorry to hear your kids are sick. Hope they feel better soon. My experience is that blogging takes up a lot of time and writing takes up a lot of time, and real life takes up a lot of time, so sometimes something has to go. I don't tweet or keep up my Facebook, but that's just me.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I agree with Nicole above, that every form of social networking is another small detour from working on a manuscript. If you think you can handle another thing to update, go for it! Some people work well when busy, though I'm not one of them. Right now, I'm only using Blogger, but I plan to sign up with Twitter and create a Facebook page if I get published.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Oh Christine, I feel your pain. It seems I did everything backwards. I actually had a website, Twitter, Facebook, etc before I even started my blog.

    And usually, the only thing I use any of them for is to advertise my blog posts. LOL. As you can see, I'm putting them to good use!

    But, I think that Twitter and Facebook can help you, if you put in the time and utilize the tools and groups each site provides for you. : )

    Good LUCK!!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Good questiono on the website. I was just wondering about this myself. I don't think it's ever too early to start thinking about it, but it seems to me once you have a manuscript or two, maybe that would be a better time to start investigating. I've purchased my domain, but I don't have one up yet. I do hope to get one soon though. Maybe :)

    Thanks for the links!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Great post! I love hearing what everyone else has to say on this subject. I'm trying to take one step at a time. I started with Facebook, and then when I was comfortable putting comments out there for all the world to see, I put up my blog. At first I just kept up with my personal friends who also have writing blgos, but eventually I branched out to get to know other bloggers (like you!) It's been a pretty natural progression to know when it's time to move on to the next step. I doubt I'll ever Twitter though - I just don't understand it.

    ReplyDelete
  12. They all take up so much time, it's hard to choose. I loved what Mary Kole said about it: http://kidlit.com/2010/02/26/online-platform-dos-donts/

    And you have a Meme Tag on my blog. :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. Christine - just wanted to let you know that I let Kristi Faith at Random Acts of Kindness know that I found her blog through your site and became a follower...so a couple of extra points for you if you're keeping track. :)

    ReplyDelete
  14. Having been there and wondered exactly the same things, I have to say this is a great post and a wonderful way to get feedback, allowing you to look at your priorities and make a decision that you're comfortable with.

    The journey into all the different networking arenas out there is very time consuming, and (for me anyway) it's better to just take things as they come. You'll know when you're ready to start "branching out."

    I have a Twitter account, and no it's not like FB. Truthfully I really don't see what all the hype is about, but I do know people that love it. There are apparently many things you can do and utilize with Twitter, but I've yet to be so inclined as to check into them any further than putting a blurb on there about the subject of my day's blog post.

    A website involves time, effort and money (unless you go with a free hosting site) – and I think you can wait a bit for that step.

    Facebook is a good networking tool. There are book sites and writer/author sites that you might find helpful not only with this decision, but with writing and planning out your networking strategy.

    I think your plan of concentrating on your book and commenting on blogs is a great place to be right now. You'll be amazed at the benefits you get from commenting, and it's a domino effect. It's a great way of getting your name out there, and you'll learn quite a bit the longer you're at it! Commenting is a commitment that is time consuming; it's a great initial (and on-going) step that I think you'll find is well worth it.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hi Christine, how nice that you found my blog, and how nice that you like Hamburg. A little while back I wrote some posts about my stay in State College. Pa. and how much fun I had in my high school year there.
    I must say I like blogging best. Facebook is too "big" for me, and for twitters I am too old, I guess! But meeting people here in blogland is lovely. Cheers from Usedom!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Just found your blog - I wrote YA SF too - and I've also got a sprog off school with the lurgy!

    I don't tweet, but I recently joined FB. Not quite sure how to use it to the best advantage yet :-)

    ReplyDelete
  17. Twitter - I actually really like it, call me crazy. At first I didn't get it either, but I think it's one of those things that you have to try out for a little while to get the hang of things. So many people sign up, never really give it an honest shot, and then they wonder why they don't "get it" like everyone else.

    Webpage - I don't have one. I have my own URL that goes to tianalei.com, rather than a .blogspot address. But in this day and age, I think you can build a nice looking blog and it can function as a website for you. Maybe I'm just cheap and I don't want to pay for a website ... :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. Thanks for the Twilight link, Christine!!! Best 90 seconds of my life!!! : )

    ReplyDelete