As I was writing an article yesterday about being in the game and building a real audience, I had to ask – who’s attention are we really trying to get, with all this tweeting and posting of our every waking moment or (most of the time) lucid thoughts?
When twitter first started, I loved it. I loved that I, little ‘ole me, could actually talk – or get the attention of – a “superstar” in what ever niche I was interested in. Yes, I connected with people who I thought were the “big time” compared to me, and I was thrilled about it.
And then what? Maybe we’d exchanged pleasantries, possibly a little more correspondence about the plight of the evolution of whatever the point was (seriously, it could have been anything from social media, to book promotion to the stats of the DiamondBacks) and then “poof,” it was over.
Well, maybe not every encounter went that way. Some of those connections actually became clients or business partners for a project. Some of those projects have panned out, while others petered out.
But lately when I’m on twitter, I find it has become nothing more than a giant tree filled with little tiny billboards, all yelling at me to “try this app,” “read my book,” “use this service or that product,” “visit my blog.” Blah, blah, blah.
It’s even become harder to want to retweet anyone’s message. I like the ones that make me stop and think, or smile, or wonder. I click through a couple that have interesting lead-ins and might even read past the first two sentences of a couple.
And I would love to re-post every Indie Authors’ news, but then I’d be looking like a crazy person.. wouldn’t I?
And … I’ll admit, I’m part of the problem.
You probably came to this blog via some post I shared on Social Media. (Thank You!)
So now what?
If you like this post, you’ll use the Social Media buttons provided in some way. Or you’ll leave a comment and I’ll respond. And possibly we’ll both take something away from our momentary meeting out here on the Information Highway. Strange…
The odds are that we’ll have held each others’ attention for a few minutes at most. Down the road you may be having a conversation with someone else and my words here, or our extra communication might pop into your head. You mention it now and the conversation continues.. down a path.. Or not.
Back to the point.
What was the point? I’ve lost my train of thought.
I’ve decided to use tweet deck for one week and really get to know some of my fellow NONOWRIMO’s. Get my attention and say hi. I’ll be using this hashtag: #amwriting.