Last summer I attended a writer’s conference (Killer Nashville) and learned the trend is for writers to promote themselves through electronic media such as Facebook, Twitter, a personal website and a blog. The idea is to create a following and to promote one’s books.
I do have a Facebook account and have found it useful in reconnecting with friends from my past, keeping up with the lives of the people I know by reading their postings, viewing their pictures, etc. I don’t like all the “gifts” I receive. I have to download applications to view them and it seems like too much work for a “gift” so I don’t send them. And I haven’t built a farm, bred any zoo animals, or joined the Mafia. I don’t post much about myself on Facebook—I’ve found it more amusing to read about others. When I have something to say to someone I usually send a private messages instead of writing on his or her wall…maybe it goes back to some long ago memory of a punishment received for actually writing on a wall.
All I know about Twitter is that it’s limited to a certain amount of characters, which I’d think would be annoying if one had a lot to say.
I do know what websites are…I visit several daily and find them useful. But I don’t have a personal website….yet. I never thought I’d need one. Guess I was wrong. Fortunately I do have a 22 year old stepson who is computer savvy and I suspect, with the right enticements (translation money) he would help me set one up. Recently, I purchased a domain name (kayelam.com) so I’m on my way.
When I first heard the word “blog” my brain translated it to “blob” which, according to Encarta Dictionary is an indistinct or shapeless form or object. Needless to say, I didn’t quite get it. Truthfully, I’m still not sure I get it, but it seems I’m going to need a blog to promote my book if it ever gets published. I saw the movie Julie and Julia (no, I didn’t read the book) and Julie’s blogging seemed to certainly create a following. So maybe there is something to this phenomenon….and I guess I’m just going to have to figure this blog thing out. So, dear readers, if I actually get any readers, this is my blog. Welcome.