Currently, I am taking a break from social media. I am still posting, but I’m not scrolling. If you comment on a post, I probably won’t see it. The best way to reach me is to reply to this newsletter. I read and respond to every e-mail.

Why I Still Post

While I don’t like consuming social media, I enjoy making content. Social media posts are another way for me to write, teach, and create things that don’t fit in the newsletter.

This was in honor of Shakespeare’s birthday a couple of weeks ago. Upstart Crow is a hilarious British comedy series on Britbox about Shakespeare writing his plays.

You Must Be on Social Media

We are told that you must be on social media to make a living as a creative. We need to connect with our audience and build our fan base. While it is true that you need to grow your audience, you can do that in a myriad of ways that may or may not include social media. What works for one person may not work for you. ​Thomas Umstattd Jr.​, host of the Novel Marketing Podcast, teaches that you don’t have to be on social media at all as an author. Also, you don’t have to be everywhere. Pick what social media platform you vibe with. There are all kinds of cool platforms, from ​Discord ​to ​Bandcamp​. Find where your people are, and you will feel at home.

There are different philosophies about which platforms to use and how often to post. Again, I suggest you find the platforms and the rhythm that work for you. Trying to harness the mysterious algorithm that can change on a whim is not a good use of your time when you could be writing. For me I post when I have something to say. I try to post at least once a week, but sometimes there are longer gaps.

Ironically, I just signed up for ​Goodreads​. A platform for book lovers sounded intriguing. Give ​me​ a shout if you are on there.

What is your favorite social media platform? What do you like about it? Comment below and let me know, along with your handle.


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