Recently, I had a conversation with Nicole (my super awesome agent) and the topic of social media came up.
I've never been one to tweet, except during children's literature contests I've gotten involved in. I mainly use Facebook to keep track of birthdays. Blogger... prior to last year... I didn't do much with it... as evidenced by the seven year gap between first and second post.
I know a little about Flickr, if only because sometimes I have to show it off during library presentations... mainly to make sure people understand copyright and Creative Commons licenses.
Reddit, I've read it () on occasion.
Don't even ask me about Pintrest, Tumblr, Digg, etc.
So, you can imagine my inner voice crying out against the idea of getting involved in social media. Not that I hate being social or media, but somehow mixing the two makes me worry I might get sucked into some black hole never to return.
But then, my agent said, "It's your job!"
And you know what? In this day and age, it's true. Writers don't have the luxury of holding up deep in a forest in a one person cabin hammering out prose, sending it into editors, and never appearing in public.
In fact, I don't think I'd like that idea one bit... I enjoy people too much... and so I'm going to do my job.
But... and there almost always is one... I'm going to make my journey into social media fun, humorous (hopefully), and lighthearted.
I can't promised to please all the people all of the time or even some of the people some of the time, but I can do my best to entertain a few people... just a little bit.
I hope you'll be one of the few.
PS: See Nicole! I'm doing my job!