Monday, August 20, 2018
Putting On My War Paint: Time To Twitter
Two years ago, I began an ill-advised campaign to write/freelance blog/publish a book. I bit off way more than I could chew. My goals were too broad, and I added in more things I "had" to do too often. I decided the whole circus wasn't for me. Instead, I focused on my writing, I reached out to agents, and got grass roots and joined a local writers' group.
Well, I'm back at it again, trying to make something work. What different this time?
First, my goals are more limited. I'm looking to create a genuine community and audience for my creative writing endeavors.
Second, I'll work with a team of fellow local writers trying to stir interest in our different projects instead of trying to shoulder all the work on my own.
Third, I've got a very strict schedule I plan to adhere to.
I will pursue audience by:
1. Posting in The North Alabama Writers' Group Blog, writers group blog I hope my fellow writers will join me in maintaining. I've been curating it for the last year. If the blog was a plant, it wouldn't survive my tender care, even if it was a cactus. 20 posts in 33 weeks sounds ok, but the spacing is fubar-ed. Nothing between April until July and now I'm blitzing posts every four days. Pacing in my social engineering needs some fine tuning.
2. Reviving my Twitter account and trying to mobilize old contacts while also making new contacts. Of social media, Twitter seems to be the most manageable for me. Short bursts into the void seems more tolerable.
My previous attempts saw scattered successes. This time, I have a specific plan for each day that should help me interact in ways that will be more meaningful but also be fun. I also think Twitter will be less frustrating this time vs my last attempt. The goal this time is to interact with people and show a little of who I am where the goal last time was to funnel traffic to the blog. It's cool if you guys come to the blog, but I'm not in Twitter for that.
3. Bringing this blog back as a recording tool to track success/failure. I love analytics and I know there have to be dozens of others who would show up for the statistic updates. Beyond what interests others, there's something about complete statistical transparency that feels good. It's a weird moral high ground, but if it makes me happy and accomplished, why not?
4. I will also use the pages option in this blog to create an organized collection of resources I use for writing, measuring analytics, doing the social media, and so on. It would be soooo cool if this kind of researching helped others, but the pages would be a success if I didn't have to hunt and peck all the time for stuff I half remember once having a link and description to.
5. I will reinvest in my creative writing by taking a work shopping class. I miss the creative writing classes I took in college and the structure might give me the kick in the butt I need to produce again. Tired of standing in one place.
6. Write! The workshop should help but key to the "revive my social media to gain audience" campaign is the assumption I have stories ready to share.