Like anyone else, there are moments when social media chaps my ass.
The time sucking factor. The guerilla warfare book marketing tactics – zombie erotica…I think I’ll pass. But, it’s free on Amazon this weekend. I’ll still pass. And, the selfies. So many, many selfies.
For better or worse, social media is a communication tool.
Whether we love it or we hate it, it’s there for us to interact with people anywhere in the world, to express our thoughts, dreams, and opinions, to try to make it out there when you’re a one-woman indie author show like yours truly.
I admit it. At first I didn’t know how in the hell to use social media properly, especially Twitter which was a complete mystery. No, I wasn’t ever the hardcore zombie erotica book salesman that you wanted to strangle.
I always understood that social media was about reaching people from a personal standpoint, not by going apeshit and throwing poop at their faces while screaming “Look at me, damnit!”.
Instead, you have to go the baby chimpanzee route: make odd and adorable faces constantly, cling just enough to show your softer side, build a kick ass community to keep you warm and safe, and share the love for cyber hugs.
(Not sure what’s going on with the primates in this post…my sincerest apologies. I’ll get to goats soon, I promise.)
Anyways, I used to try to keep up with everybody and everything and I almost lost my damn mind. That’s not how you use social media, unless you want to end up in the loony bin trying to rub off that hashtag forehead tattoo you thought was a bitchin’ idea.
Over the past six months, I’ve scaled back a lot of my social media playtime. I’m a busy gal, so I tend to concentrate on deeper connections with some and let the rest just keep on streamin’.
Yet, last week something truly magnificent happened, a legendary dialogue, one for the social media history books. While feces flew all around, the baby chimps were making cute conversation and playing social media the right way.
I simply had to share…
The Scene: Twitter
The Muse: Goat
Clearly if you’re not following us gals on Twitter, you’re missing out. Feel free to chime in about goats or other subjects if goats aren’t your thing.
Sheila – @SheilaHurst11
Carrie – @carrie_rubin
Letizia – @readinterrupt
Me – @brittskrabanek