When somebody explained to me that introverts recharge their emotional and even physical batteries in solitude, I wasn't even school age, but my reaction was, "THAT'S ME!" Growing up in a family of nine, solitude was at a premium, and having the house to myself--even having a room to myself--was a rare and delicious treat.
Similarly, when somebody told me much later in life, "A published author must be accessible on social media," my reaction was, "THAT'S NOT ME!" Yes, I'm a published author, but the accessible on social media part?
The idea of adding tweets, FB posts, website updates, weekly blogs and other social media mandatories atruck me like going to the gym: I have been to many gyms, many times, and never once can I say I've enjoyed it. We're adults. We brush and floss, we file our taxes more or less on time, we get our mammograms. We understand there are certain things we do without expectation of enjoyment. In general terms, I still bristle at arbitrarily imposed structure, though. Must is a four letter word.
I have no writing schedule, no daily word counts, no writing goals. I turn on the computer most days--not all--and hope for good things. The idea of adding tweets, Facebook posts, blogs, website updates... oh, must I?
Except... social media do not require the house to be cleaned, they dot even require the teeth to be brushed. On FB, I can ask fifteen people to help me think up a title, and if they feel like it, they can respond--or not. I Like That. On twitter, I can offer 500 people a link I think is really cool, and not a one of them will feel pestered or compelled to click on it.
My blog has become a place to tuck the small writing exercises that won't find an outlet in my fiction writing, and a place to converse with those who might also be most comfortable trading ideas without leaving their homes or getting out of their fuzzy socks.
So when I was offered the chance to do a Live Chat tonight with RITA winner Joanna Bourne and Discover a New Love readers, I accepted, and--dare I admit this?--I'm looking forward to it. We're giving away a Kindle HD and a NOOK, signed books and maybe even a few writer's trade secrets. If you can join us at 8 pm EDT, we'd love your company too--come as you are, fuzzy socks entirely welcome.
So how do you get along with social media? Is there one that works best for you? One you absolutely do not understand?