This marks my 150th blog post here. It’s not much of a milestone, I admit, but it’s one that I think a lot of blogs never quite reach. Several don’t quite make it out of the gate with the first ten. And I probably wouldn’t have reached this if I hadn’t made the decision about six months ago to post here every Monday and Thursday. I’ve stuck to that schedule, and my readership has had a slow, steady gain over those six months, so on the whole I think the plan has worked out.
One of the panels I was on at ArmadilloCon was “How Much Interaction Should Writers Have with Their Readers?”, which was a bit of a strange for me. I mean, I was asked questions from a writer’s perspective, but I’ve had more experience from the readers. I’m really not getting much interaction coming towards me at this stage of the game. But being up there did help me clarify some thoughts.
Namely, how we, as writers, should best utilize social media. With so much out there it’s real easy to fall into the idea that one needs to master it all, use every element to its fullest. Problem is, doing that can become a full time job, and then you aren’t actually writing any more. You’re just juggling social media.
So, here’s my best advice. Pick one thing. For me it’s this blog. Then use every other thing (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Livejournal, whatever) to direct traffic back to your central thing. That way you’re minimizing the amount of “management” you need to do.
This is probably nothing you haven’t figured out already, because you’re all smart people, right? Of course you are.
That said, how should we celebrate this 150th post? How about any reader questions will get answered in Monday’s post?