It's that time again for sharing with the Insecure Writer's Support Group.
What is that you may ask, well their mission statement is this:
The Insecure Writer’s Support Group is a home for writers in all stages; from unpublished to bestsellers. Our goal is to offer assistance and guidance. We want to help writers overcome their insecurities, and by offering encouragement we are creating a community of support.
This month I'm tackling the scary beast known as social media. When I started my self-publishing journey, some of the 'advice' found on other help groups was be active on social media. This is something I've not done. Honestly it's a matter of 1) where to do I find the time and 2) do I really have anything to say that people want to read about.
If you read my last post, it was about my issue with procrastination. I feel like if I'm spending time on social media then I'm feeding into my procrastinating ways and not writing. How to find a balance?
Also what to talk about? I know it's not all supposed to be about your book or current work-in-progress because you don't want to feel like you are always marketing yourself, but really getting involved sounds easier than it is. At least for me. I don't understand Twitter, or how you even get anything worthwhile across in 140 characters or less. I don't Snapchat or Instragram, so all of these things make me feel like a fish out of water. Trying to get involved, and be active in groups is a scary thing. Makes me feel like an interloper when a group is already established and I'm trying to just push my way in (in a friendly way of course) to be part of the 'in' crowd.
Social media is a scary thing. Outside of blogging and a little Facebook interactions, I don't know what would my best fit or even how to get started. It's something I know I need to add to my list of to-dos on figuring out as I continue my journey.