When I first started writing romance the internet was a fresh new world, full of unfulfilled potential. We knew it would be useful for research eventually, but I don't think anyone could ever have pictured the absolute explosion of social networking that has now occurred, and how it complicates our world.
Writers, for the most part, really enjoy connecting with readers and other writers. Many of us work lonely hours at the computer with nary a sound but the neighbor cutting his grass or the birds chirping outside to disturb us. It is lovely to hear from readers, and I value the many supportive emails I receive and I'm happy to answer questions. That is the personal touch.
But in the larger internet world, we interact in a bigger global sense. Social networking. We all do it, I'm doing it now by writing this blog. But I thought I would share the ways I network, and ask a little about how you all do the same.
First, I blog here, and I have my own blogs, two of them now. I am at:
I am, inevitably on Facebook and MySpace:
Mind you, I haven't updated my Myspace page in so long, I should be ashamed of myself. I AM ashamed of myself!
However... there are only so many hours, minutes, and seconds in a day. I am also on several other networks, among them Goodreads, BookBlogs, and Published Authors.
Published Authors Ning: http://publishedauthors.ning.com/DonnaLeaSimpson
Book Blogs Ning: http://bookblogs.ning.com/profile/DonnaLeaSimpson
On a whim I joined Storycasting:
...and likely a few others I've forgotten.
I've been invited to join others, among the most attractive a romance writers network:
But... where does it end? Sometimes I wonder where I find the time to write, and when I do devote myself to writing I feel like I'm letting down the social network!
Please, somebody... stop me before I join again!!
I know, I know, I need to prioritize. Does anyone have any suggestions?
First, how many social networking things do you belong to online?
Do they help your business, whatever it is?
Do you do it just for fun?
Do you limit yourself?
How do you respond to new invitations?
Help me out, here! What do you do to keep yourself from going nuts with all the scattershot of invitations and proliferation of social networking opportunities?