Wednesday, July 07, 2010


A day late and a dollar short.

It hit me this morning while washing my hair. I was contemplating writing and social media (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc.). I wondered how much involvement was too much. Is it even necessary? I thought, what a great topic to blog about. Then the light bulb went off. I totally and completely forgot. Yep, you got it - yesterday was my day to blog. Sorry for dropping the ball.

Obviously, I've figured out that I don't need too much. Right now I juggle twitter, blogging here and attending my writers' group monthly. Sounds paltry comparatively, but it keeps me connected and growing as a writer. Yet, I look at some recent successful writers and wonder if its necessary. For me, in this day and age, I think the answer is yes. But then the question becomes how much is enough.

So, what do you think? Is social media necessary to find success? If so, how involved should a writer become?


M.V.Freeman said...

A good topic, and one I think many are juggling.

I think it is important to have these social networks--to keep abreast of what is out there (especially for us unpubbed) and to advertise when you do publish.

For me, I stick to one FB, and a few blogs, otherwise. I won't really get into twitter or other social networds until I'm published. I don't have the time. Writing is my purpose at this point.

(Still even once I do get published, I'd go stark raving nuts if had to constantly keep up with everyone on twitter....)

Jeanie said...

This is something I am struggling with as a soon-to-be published author. The writing part I love--well, most days --but I am freaked out about the marketing and publicity part.

And that's where (I hope!) friends come in to help me over this hurdle. Cause I am sans clue.

Networking is so important, but there's a fine line we all have to walk. We want to build connections and make friends and grow as a writer, but we have to save time to actually write!

Kat Jones said...

You're both right! Writing is our main focus. It is so easy to avoid writing with social media. That's definitely something I have to be mindful about.

Carla Swafford said...

That's a great post. And so important. Yes. Everyone should be ready to get their name (and book title) out there but not if it interfers with their writing. Funny that you post this as my presentation in August is about this subject. Hope to see everyone there.

JoAnn said...

Thanks for posting this, Kat. It would be easy to get overwhelmed by all the collateral activities, wouldn't it? Tough to keep it all under control! It's all I can do to keep writing. :-)

Heather said...

I worry I use social networking sites as a crutch - every time I log onto my computer to write, I first have to check Facebook, then Twitter, and then my email. Enough time passes by the time I finish checking my email I feel necessary to lather, rinse and repeat. It is a never ending cycle! Throw in a few blogs, and I lose the day (easily).

It is easy for information overload to dilute the effectiveness of the social media sites. There are a few people who I follow on Twitter who post A LOT. So much that I have contemplated un-following them because they clog up my feed and make it hard to read the posts from other people.

Cari Hislop said...

You have to be true to yourself. If a writer loves doing online networking great and fine, but if not why bother? If its not you, you won't come across as authentic anyway.

I can't be bothered to do Twitter or anything like unto it. My Facebook account sits so long unseen it gathers dust. I have a blog for my readers and I make posts on other people's blogs if I feel I have something to say...and more than that feels to me like getting sucked down a black hole where time for writing or staring at the wall (and mentally writing) no longer exists.

Christine said...

I blog, but not every day. I have FB and Twitter, but I only post on Twitter when I blog. FB is my link to my friends all over the world, so I tend to be on it more. But the most important thing a writer can do is write. Period.