Why do YOU use social media?
I'm asking because I went to the OWFI Writer's Conference and one of the speakers asked me and Aaron (from Aaron's Word Tree) what we wrote. We said YA and she automatically said "You need a tumblr!"
I thought this was strange. I do have a tumblr. I don't use it often, and I certainly couldn't use it as my blog home (I've tried).
Well, when they began speaking, I understood why she said that--the speakers said, "You need to be where your audience is."
You're all aware that my book isn't published, and though I'd like to reach YAs, I feel that's why I have a Twitter and a Facebook. If those YAs out there want to find my blog, they will...through my Twitter or Facebook...and they probably aren't going to care that it's on Tumblr, Blogger, or WordPress.
But really, I didn't start blogging to connect with YAs. I started blogging to connect with other Writers and hopefully find people who will fall in love with my book--YA or otherwise. Now, that doesn't mean I don't want to connect with YAs, but when I began this blog, I just wanted to get into the community, find some help, and be around others who knew exactly what I was going through because they'd been there, too.
Now, when I'm published will this blog be different? I mean, it'll probably have an awesome, shiny picture of my cover on it. I'll probably get to post more about how my journey in the publishing world is going...but no...really, it'll be the same. I'm still going to want to connect with writers, and with people who love my book.
I get what they're saying...but in the end, I need to do what's most comfortable to me and being on Tumblr isn't comfortable. Also, Social Media is already overwhelming enough.
All of this made me curious as to why you, as writers, use Social Media. Why did you begin a blog? Do you find Social Media overwhelming?