Goat Repartee

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 Players:  Sheila, CarrieLetizia, and Me

The Scene:  Twitter

The Muse:  Goat

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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

27 thoughts on “Goat Repartee

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    Ha, that’s awesome, Britt. It was a fun conversation, and it’s exactly what one can expect on Twitter. Thanks for including me in the fun!

    This is the part of Twitter I enjoy. I keep lists, and I have a special list of those I know who use Twitter mostly to interact with others and not to promote. I’m happy for an occasional promotional tweet–I do them, too–but you know what I mean. Too many gets old. So I love checking in with that list frequently. It’s fun to see what people are up to.

    I was surprised by a tweet I received recently from someone I don’t follow. An author, having seen that I recently reviewed Sue Grafton’s latest book, sent me a tweet telling me if I liked Sue Grafton, I’d like her books, too. Okay, I’ll give her that promotion; she’s got more guts than me when it comes to marketing. But when I opened her profile to read her other tweets, she had dozens and dozens of similar tweets to other people, telling them if they liked such-and-such’s book, then they’d like hers, too. That seemed a bit much to me.

    • Britt Skrabanek says:

      Absolutely! Gotta love those wonderfully pointless conversations. This was especially amazing since it went on for so long. As I read it back I knew this goat business had to be unleashed into the world. We ladies are onto something. : )

      I’m a list user on Twitter as well. Before that, I was pretty lost. Now I can check up on my buddies and see what I missed during the social media frenzy.

      My promotional tactics are pretty carefree. I keep it to book releases, sales, and reviews. That’s about it. No need to add to the noise.

      Grafton’s promo tactic seems so pitiful and impersonal. I guess I’m such an itty bitty author that I don’t have to cook up crazy schemes like that. : )

  2. Letizia says:

    Your primate references had me laughing as much as the goat repartee did! You really have a knack for finding the beauty, silliness, and tender moments of everyday moments, Britt. I was laughing all over again!

  3. Sheila says:

    This is making me laugh all over again too! That was probably the best conversation I’ve had in a long time. We’re definitely on to something – goats are fun! Thank you for entertaining me so much! I’ll look forward to lots more laughter. Baahahah

  4. 4amWriter says:

    It’s Twitter convos like that which I love … and always miss out on! I wold have jumped into that thread in a flash if I’d been more on top of my tweeting game. Twitter is a mystery to me until something like that happens among people who already are connected elsewhere. Such fun!

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