If ever there was a love/hate relationship, it has got to be the one between me and Social Media Networking.
I’ve mentioned before that I love to blog and tweet–mostly tweet–but once you start calling it “Social Media Networking” it really takes all the fun out of it.
Once I start thinking about blogging and tweeting as networking, it becomes, well, work. And then I look at my Google Stats and I see that the search that gets the most hits to my blog are Richard Burton and Funny Dog Pictures and then I get depressed.
The thing is, I don’t blog or tweet or facebook to sell books–I use it to connect with my readers (as well as friends, colleagues, and random people I find funny and/or insightful). Sure I also use it to get the word out when I have book news, releases, or signings, but that’s part of that connection.
By far my favorite part is when I can interact with readers. I love to get email and comments. I am delighted that so many of my readers are as clever and funny as I try to draw the characters in my books. I used to be hesitant to respond to Tweets or Blog posts that came up in searches on my name (it seemed weird and a little egotistical), but a quick ‘thank you’ comment or reply has yielded some delightful exchanges. Like this one:
Caillie @darcybear When I was a kid they had lobsters in the tank at the store. I tried to free them when I was about 6… It ended badly.
So I had to take her up on it:
For the record, this random exchange TOTALLY made up for finding a one star review that said my book was “so boring [she] wanted to die.” Which, you know, is the DOWNSIDE of Social Media Networking. (And Google Alerts.)
But when the Internet reminds me (painfully) that not everyone is going to like my books as much as my mother does, the same Infernal network allows me to connect with the people who DO ‘get’ me, and vice versa–lovers of books, cupcakes and snark.
But not, apparently, lobsters.