Journal Entry: 3.29.12
Spent the day trying to learn how to be a better social networker. (I can just imagine some mom of the future saying, “Johnny, no girl is ever going to date you unless you expand your social network. No one wants a guy with only 50 followers.)
Anyway, this means I spent the day staring at my computer, googling, reading, scrolling, clicking, and trying to decipher what social plan of action to take. This is what I learned: If you google, How to increase your following on twitter, it’s like jumping down a virtual rabbit hole. “Ahhhhh” T.M.I., Google! Way too much information!
About 4:30 p.m. my dog, Henry, plopped his little furry behind beside me, looked up, and gave me that look that said I’d been ignoring him, I was bad dog owner, and I better take him for a walk or he’d call the Anti Cruelty Society. Woof, woof! So I did. I took him for a walk. Henry is so smart.
The walk cleared my mind and reminded of my goal:
I’d like to spend a half hour in the morning on social networking.
- Tweeting and scrolling through twitter to see what’s up.
- Checking out interesting websites and links, people’s books and such
- Posting on Pinterest.
- Glancing at Facebook
- And Triberr? (See more about this below)
Then, one half hour at the end of the day doing the same thing.
Is that unreasonable? I know-I know…if I don’t use a timer there’s no way that half hour plan of action will stick. However, as an author, whether you’re picked up by one of the big publishing houses (like I was for my first picture book) or a self-published eBook author (like I’m contemplating becoming in the near future), unless you’re one of the lucky .01 percent, the marketing falls on your shoulders. And, in today’s world, that means social networking. So… how to do it and still have time to write? I don’t know. However, today, I did take a baby step: I joined Triberr.
That’s triberr.com. I like the concept…I think? If it is what I think it is, by joining so-called “tribes” you add power to your tweets by having them automatically reposted by your tribe mates; thus, expanding your twitter exposure.
I’m still learning. In fact, right now I’m a bit overwhelmed. That said, if you want to join my tribe (is this sounding a bit like social gang talk?) comment on this post, adding your twitter account, and I’ll send you an invite.
By the way, my Triberr group is “Middle-Grade/YA Sci-fi and Fantasy Books and Writing” We’re all about: Writers and Readers who love everything from Tolkien and J.K. Rowling, to Clive Barker and Neil Gaiman…and more, so many, many more! Let’s talk about books we love, share writing tips, give support, blog about each other’s books, and maybe add a few laughs along the way. Go ahead, be a nerd, join our tribe–may the force be with us!
That’s it. I’ve had enough of staring at a little glowing screen for one day. Check out the links below if you want to learn more about Triberr. Also, comment. Tell me what works for you. Point me in the right direction. Better yet, invite me to join your tribe!
- http://jennyhansenauthor.wordpress.com/category/technology-fun/triberr/ (5 part series on Triberr)
- Social Media Tip Tuesday: 4 New Useful Social Networks for Small Businesses (thenextwomen.com)
- My Top 7 Favorite Tools (iamallatwitteraboutlife.blogspot.com)
- Guest Blogging Made Easy With Triberr (seanclark.com)
- #Triberr: 8 Steps To Being A Great Tribe Mate (anisesmithmarketing.com)
- Four reasons why I finally like Triberr (businessesgrow.com)
- Blog Traffic, Think Tribe ..Go #Triberr (anisesmithmarketing.com)