Despite what seems like user apathy, Google+ continues to move forward
In talking about social media for authors, we’ve looked at Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Goodreads. What about Google+?
I’m on Google+, but I often wonder why.
Google+ began six years ago as a direct competitor to Facebook. That didn’t work out so well. Though I launched my page and played around with it, I didn’t get it.
Two years ago Google+ began shifting from a basic social networking site to a content curation site. I still don’t get it. But I’m still there.
And this year, they rolled out some new features.
Maybe someday I’ll understand how to use Google+ and begin to do something with it other than automatically post my blog entries.
I want to know what you think about Google+. Do you have a presence there? Do you use it? My page is https://plus.google.com/+PeterDeHaanAuthor
Your Turn: In the comment section below link to your Google+ account or let us know what you think about it.
Authors who use dictation claim a much higher writing speed
I’ve recently been experimenting with using dictation to write and bought a USB headset to reduce dictation errors. So far I’m excited with the process and anxious to get better at it. To accomplish this, I’ve bought Dragon speech recognition software and will begin using it.
What are your thoughts about dictation?
Have you considered it? Did you try it and give up?
If you do dictation, what software and hardware do you use? What are the benefits? What advice can you offer?
Please share your input in the comments below.
Goodreads is the premier social media site for book lovers
In past months we’ve covered Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. One social media option is especially tailored to writers: Goodreads. “Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations.” Goodreads turned ten this year. It has 55 million members, 1.5 billion books listed, and 50 million reviews. (I’ve posted 91 reviews and left 133 ratings.)
Goodreads is a great place for readers to connect and share their love for books. This also makes it ideal for the authors of those books. But don’t think of Goodreads as a place to promote books, instead view it as a place to connect with readers, and potential readers, of our books.
Right now I’m on Goodreads as a reader. If you’re on Goodreads, I’d like to connect with you. Here’s my link: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/13489480-peter-dehaan. Send me a friend request.
Also, please share your link below. Then we can all connect.
With no shortage of social media platforms to consider, several may warrant attention
So far we’ve talked about Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.
But there are hundreds of other social media platforms to consider. While some platforms are obscure, others garner much more attention.
Though some of these social media outposts are worthy of consideration, my varying degrees of involvement on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pinterest already take up too much of my time. So, I’ll not add a fifth to the mix.
However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.
Perhaps another social media platform works for you better or more effectively connects with your audience. Then maybe you should be there in place of one of the above options.
What other social media platforms do you use? What do you like about them?
Please include a link to your pages so others can find you there.
Pinterest is a quick way to share images and connect with like-minded people
So far we’ve talked about Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn as possible social media platforms for authors. What about Pinterest?
Of the four of them, I’ve done the least amount of work with Pinterest. Maybe that’s because I’m a guy and most Pinterest users are females.
Nevertheless, I do have the beginnings of a Pinterest presence, and it’s growing little by little. I pin my blog graphics and have a board for book covers. Other boards have sayings and offer encouragement. My favorite board has a growing number of church signs, from the humorous to the profound.
Are you on Pinterest? Follow me on Pinterest and I’ll follow you.
My page is www.pinterest.com/peterdehaan. Please share your Pinterest page in the comment section below.
LinkedIn is the Social Media Platform for Professional Networking
We’ve talked about Twitter and Facebook as social media hangouts that many authors use to connect with fans and engage followers. Another social media platform to consider is LinkedIn.
LinkedIn is the social media platform to make professional connections, for networking, and to find work.
Are you on LinkedIn? I’m there. Visit Peter DeHaan on LinkedIn.
If you’re on LinkedIn, what do you use it for?
If you’re not on LinkedIn, what made you decide not to?
Please share your thoughts below, and if you have a LinkedIn account, be sure to include a link.
Being the world’s largest social media platform doesn’t necessarily make Facebook better
Last month I mentioned that Twitter is my preferred social media platform and the one I use the most. Though I’ve been on Facebook longer, I don’t find it as useful. In fact I find Facebook frustrating.
Aside from frequent changes that affect how things work is the reality that only a fraction of the people who like my page ever see the things I post. I suppose Facebook does this to motivate me to pay them to “boost” my post. Instead they’re motivating me to connect with people elsewhere.
Making the most out of Facebook is on my to-do list, but right now it’s far down that list. Maybe someday I’ll get to it—or maybe not.
Even so, I’d be honored if you’d like or follow my author page on Facebook.
Your Turn: In the comment section below link to your Facebook page or share your experience with Facebook.
The social media site Twitter is becoming the go-to platform for many
I’m on several social media sites, but the one that I use the most and am the least confused by is Twitter. I’ve grown a following, tweet and retweet regularly, and engage a bit with my followers.
Twitter is the one social media site where I’m enjoying some traction. Once a day I spend time to schedule most of my tweets for the next day, but I also tweet some things on the fly. And on most days I invest a few minutes to interact with followers and find more interesting people to follow.
I view Twitter a lot like broadcasting. Though only a fraction of my potential audience will see what I tweet, the possibility exists for anyone of them to read my tweets if they’re looking at the right time (quite unlike Facebook). I think that’s why I’m growing fond of Twitter.
If you follow me on Twitter, I will follow you back.
Your Turn: In the comment section below link to your Twitter account or leave your Twitter handle.
What do you like or not like about Twitter?
Sharing writing tips with other writers helps the whole writing community
I spend a lot of time learning about writing. I read blogs, listen to podcasts, attend conferences, scrutinize magazines, and study books. Though I will never finish growing as a writer, I have learned so much. In fact everything I know about writing came from one of these five sources.
In considering it all, the one thing that helped me the most was the simple adage to write every day.
This advice to write every day, however isn’t absolute, it’s a principle to write regularly. It means to have a schedule and stick with it. It reminds us to write on the days we don’t feel like it or have other things we’d rather do.
It was a big stretch for me just to move to five days a week, which later became six, and eventually seven. Now I’m working on scaling back to six days so I can have one day off each week from writing. It’s a hard adjustment for me to make. I’m still not there.
Yet the principle to write every day has made the difference for me and my writing.
Your Turn: What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
Please share it with other readers in the comment section below.
Writers can learn a lot by reading the posts of authors, agents, and publishers
While it’s fun to follow my friends’ blogs (and there are more than I have time to read), I learn about writing and the publishing industry by reading the blogs of authors, agents, and publishers. I’ve followed some of them for more than a decade.
Over the years I’ve learned so much about how to write better and publish successfully. Here are some of the writing related blogs I currently follow:
Of course time doesn’t allow me the chance to read everyone every day, but I do find value in each blog and have learned so much.
Your turn: Do you read blogs about writing and publishing? Which ones are your favorites?