Okay. I started this blog on purpose. At least I intended to do it, I may not have fully realized what it entailed at the time. All the “Get-an-agent” and “Publish-it-yourself” books and articles said I needed a platform. First time I heard that word.
So I started a blog.
I also read somewhere that it’s a good idea to get a Twitter account and start following publishing houses and other writers. So I went to Twitter, no big deal, and signed up. Then I searched for writers and publishers, came up with a few, and clicked the follow button. Easy peazy. Welcome to the world, cmsmith57. (The 57 was a necessary addition, because, duh, Smith, and it is my birth year, if I was to tell. I didn’t check but there are probably a million of us out there. Somewhere along the line I made the genius decision to use my maiden name for my online presence. Big mistake. )
Anyway, I’m on Twitter, I’m cruising and well on my way!
Then I got an e-mail that said “Mary Strubbe (@MaryStrubbe) is now following you on Twitter!”
Oh my goodness. That set me into a panic. Why is someone following me? I’m not going anywhere. I don’t even know how to tweet.
Anyway, that was my less-than-glamorous beginning.
I waded out into the Twitter water. Luck struck and one of my favorite blog writers, Julia Munroe Martin (wordsxo.com), found me on Twitter and started following me as well. She has opened the door for me to several interesting and helpful writers, bloggers and tweeters.
Julia also recently awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award for which I publicly thank her here and now. Thank you Julia, for this and so much more! As this was the second time I received this award, I don’t plan to devote a whole post to the award requirements of sharing seven things about myself and passing the award on to 15 more bloggers. (I’m sure there are at least a couple of readers who are thinking, thank goodness, not again!) What I will do is try to slip that information into blogs as I go.
Anyway, I gave you my birth year above, so I have six factoids to go.
As for bloggers, Nina Badzin (NinaBadzin.com) just saved my Twittering life today. She gave some very good blogging tips in a recent post which led me to her site to begin with. While there I found three posts on TWITTERING. Hooray! Very good tips in these posts about Hootsuite, Lists, the use of Favorites, Direct Messaging, and retweets. If you’re not on Twitter you might not know what these mean. If, like me, you’ve just started Twitter, you probably still don’t know what these meant.
I think Twitter will allow me to find helpful information more quickly and easily, which in the long run will be a time saver. Although, I’ve got to tell you, right now, not so much.
So yesterday, I wanted to view a photo on flickr and I ended up having to sign up and start a new account. Oh no. Not again.