Obsessed With Social Media? This Might Be For You!

Obsessed With Social Media? This Might Be For You!

Obsessed With Social Media? This Might Be For You! Dear Blog, I did something crazy the other day. You know how we're obsessed with social media? We go on Facebook or Instagram or Twitter just to grab the latest updates. Who's sharing the new funny thing? What's the latest drama? Who else liked or commented on or shared my post? What's happening in the world? Okay, bad example, but you get what I'm saying. Well, have you ever commented on someone else's post and then the person never replied or even liked your comment? Or have you spent time thinking through and drafting a helpful response to a friend's issue and then all they do is write, "Thanks!"? Social media was supposed to be about building connections. Being helpful. Offering tips. Learning something. Information is power. Knowledge is power. Because it gives us ideas for new solutions. Solutions that might actually work. We get sucked in to this idea that we need validation from others....
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The Right Way to Use Social Media to Build Your Writer’s Platform

The Right Way to Use Social Media to Build Your Writer’s Platform

The Right Way to Use Social Media to Build Your Writer's Platform You've heard that social media is a great place to build your writer's platform. And many publishers actually seek authors who have established certain levels of a follower base and engagement. But adding social media to your already-busy schedule can sound like a ridiculous idea. You're already so busy – how can you do social media and still have time to focus on your writing? I'm sure you know by now that social media can be a huge time waster. It can keep you from your writing work all day long if you let it. But it's also a valuable tool when used properly. So, what's the right way to use social media to build your writer's platform? That's where discipline comes in. If you're short on time (who isn't, right?), decide on how much time you can work on social media. If you can only devote 10 minutes per day, start there. Before we...
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The New Forum For Rants About Everything Under the Sun – Or Is It?

The New Forum For Rants About Everything Under the Sun – Or Is It?

The New Forum For Rants About Everything Under the Sun - Or Is It? The technology age has rewarded us with the ability to communicate with multiple people all at once. No longer do we have to get on the phone and call person after person in order to get our stories circulating through society. Now, we can simply log onto our computers and social media and write anything we feel like and send it out to the entire world in a matter of minutes (or seconds, for fast typers). Social media is a great way to provide updates on what's going on in our lives. And it works wonderfully for keeping family and friends up-to-date on major road trips like our Colorado to Alaska move and then our Alaska to Virginia move. Without Facebook, I would have been charging my phone a whole lot more during those long road trips. But while social media makes it easy to share those updates, it also...
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