I started blogging late last year and it has been an interesting experience to say the least. I’ve spoken to some of my idols on social media like Steve Alten and his Assistant Kelly Rollyson. I talked to a lot of good writers and have read their work, something that I thoroughly enjoyed. Not only did I come across some good writers, nay I say great fiction writers but I’ve also come across self-help writers that range from how to “blog better” to lessons on “how to mediate.” All of them have helped me in making my work better.
I started advertising on Facebook and although slow at first it has recently increased by a number I never would have expected. My early experience I wasn’t reaching enough people so I decided to expand and try Twitter. I’m not a fan of social media, but it is a means to an end. Twitter has been more interesting than Facebook since you feel like you’re actually engaging with people, positive or negative. And there is plenty of both positive and negative people on Facebook and Twitter.
I’ve been Blocked by several people, mostly because they don’t like what I have to say. Really though they’re Blocking themselves since it shows how closed minded, they are. Blocking and calling people racist, sexist and so on seems to be the thing on Twitter. Rather sad but that is the platform and how it is currently modeled.
I want more views of my work like everyone else so it is a struggle sometimes to work out what people want to read, but as a writer I can’t write to their whims, otherwise I’m not writing what I want. It’s a fine line and hard to figure out what the best approach is in gaining more engagement on your page. It will come with time.
At first, I found Twitter rather addictive but as time when on the less it affected me, mostly due to the negative side of some of the people on it. I didn’t believe social media could be addictive however, that changed when I came to Twitter. I think as time goes own that will gradually disappear as well.
With blogging also comes trying to figure out how to grow and expand. If there are rules/guides that provide the exact information to suit your style then it is hard to find. It’s out there, but in small bits and pieces and although I’m no expert at understanding all of it I am learning as I go.
All and all it has been an interesting first year and now I need to set myself up to go even further this year. With what I’ve learned, I can evolve and get better, and more efficient.