It has been a little more than a month since I ventured out in the world of social media as a self-proclaimed writer. And it has been one hell of a ride.
By tweeting (and following other twitter-ers) and blogging regularly I have gotten to know many very interesting people, and learned there was a huge writers community out there.
I have learned so incredibly much! I learned how to actually *do* social media properly. When I started, I had this kind of lame blog where I would post some really lame posts about my lame life (you can still see the proof of that if you scroll way down).
Then I read Kristen Lamb’s book “We Are Not Alone” and made myself read every one of her blogposts at Warrior Writers. Lucky for me, this was a week after I had started using social media, so I could adjust my habits easily.
Thanks to Kristen and what she teaches, you are presented with me raving about psychology and philosophy. Ever since I switched, more people have visited my website and more people have started to comment to my posts. And who can blame them? I too would prefer to read about more interesting topics than having to read about someone’s lame life. It feels so dumb that I didn’t think about it myself. It makes sense, really.
Another reason why I am absolutely loving Twitter is the support I have received from writers, even random ones that I hadn’t connected with before. I would post a tweet with the #writegoal tag, for instance “My goal for today is 1000 words. #writegoal”, or “Ugh, I got only to 800/1000 words and my inspiration’s left me #writegoal”, and people would send supportive and encouraging tweets like “keep it up!” and “don’t give up just yet”.
It’s what has kept me going. I’m really happy to announce that my story, tentatively called Aeon, has passed the 10.000 words mark, which I had never expected to happen (what can I say, I’m a newbie writer and very easily distracted). It isn’t much yet, but there are still many thousands of words to come.
Through Twitter I have found a multitude of great blogs on writing (but of course, also quite a few that didn’t really appeal to me). I will list those (in a random order) that I am currently following and I would recommend to every (beginning) writer out there.
- Better Writing Habits
- The Creative Penn
- There Are No Rules
- Rachelle Gardner, Agent
- Jody Hedlund
- And last but not least (and although I already mentioned her before) Kristen Lamb’s Warrior Writers
I’d like to thank the writing community for their dedication to the craft, for sharing their knowledge and for their support to fellow writers!
I have made a whole bunch of writer friends, people who I tweet with occasionally and it has been so much fun so far! They all write magnificent blogs, they are funny and all very sweet and supportive. And this is only a month after I started! I can’t wait to see what 2011 is going to bring me.
Please visit the following blogs of other writers, if you’re interested, they’re all exceptional!
The Unsanity Files by Albert Berg
Peter Saint Clair’s Blog (I love his series on Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple)
Thanks for reading, people, and I hope to see you around Keep commenting on my blog posts – I’m really enjoying the discussions!
(P.S. if you want to follow me on Twitter- click that shiny twitter icon on the right! I’m really active and love to reply to @’s and unless you’re not a spambot, I follow back ^_^)