The usual housekeeping notes….I’m wearing my Susannah hat and am over at Frankie Blooding’s Bookshelf today, doing an interview about the Pentonverse and doing a giveaway. Also today, thanks to Manga Mania Cafe for the review of River Road! And to Fae Books for featuring Storm Force.
I’ve been kind of a hopper with social media. Obviously, I’m comfortable with the whole blogging thing (duh, ya think?), probably because I’ve worked as a journalist and we’re taught to spew out words at the drop of a hat. Start me on a topic and I can go like the Energizer Bunny of Aimless Prose.
I have an author page on Facebook, but I spend more time on my personal page, where I talk about books and friend anyone who wants to be friends (although, alert to foreign men who want to friend me and then instant message about sex? Uh, not happening. I know how to unfriend). And music. And my silly dogs. And my hatred for shopping at Walmart. Susannah Sandlin also has a Facebook presence, although she’s a very poor correspondent.
I used to spend more time on Twitter, but now I’m almost a hit-and-run Tweeter because my day job has ramped up so much I’m freaked out by the number of Tweets streaming by. I still try to get on there at least a couple of times a day, though, to see what I’ve missed and answer any questions or Tweets directed to me.
Pinterest? Stuck up my book covers. Not sure what to do with Pinterest.
Google Plus? Usually feed the blog there.
Goodreads? The discussion groups scare me–they tend to be vicious if authors try to join discussions, so I mostly feed my blog there and keep up with what I’m reading. Man, my hair was short last summer!
Instagram…Flickr…on and on and on. And OMG let’s not even get started on email loops.
It’s pretty overwhelming, so I’ve retreated back to primarily blogging, my comfort zone. I think one could easily spend 24/7 on social media.
What do you use? Do you find books or authors via social media, or do you mostly socialize with friends? I know it’s important but I can’t figure out what’s an effective use of my time. Plus I want to be, like, SOCIAL and not this marketing whore.
Has the amount of time you spend on social media changed now that the novelty has worn off? And does the Facebook timeline drive you nuts?