I have almost decided to self-publish my books through Amazon and other electronic media. In preparation for that, I’m taking Kristen Lamb’s course “We Are Not Alone”. See her blog here As a result, I am trying to build a platform on Social Media (Twitter, Facebook and Blogging).
I have not figured out how to do it all and work full time and have a life.
I know writing should come first, (after going to work so I can pay my mortgage) so I started this class after finishing one novel and before starting another. I figured a month to learn social media skills and then I’d be back to writing and editing. After all, I’ve written a fair number of words and I know my process and my procrastination tools.
Little did I know that these three activities would take every minute of every day that I gave to them. And then they’d ask for more.
Yeah right. NOT.
First I couldn’t get my email to work. Nor could the tech at the wireless store. Eventually my son-in-law figured it out and fixed it. Yay.
And then I realized I can’t type on that touch screen – it’s a learned skill that I need to master, just like learning to type with my thumbs on my Blackberry. Sheesh.
Then I recognized that a better email package would enable me to manage emails when I read them. It meant I wouldn’t have to go through them when I opened my email. Sounds good, right?
I reviewed email apps on line. Read reviews. Made notes. Asked questions. (Are you seeing the time I put in?) Finally purchased one for my phone.
Doesn’t work. Apparently my email provider is hard to program on a smart phone. And now I have to go back to my generous son in law and ask him to set up the new email app on my phone.
So what have I learned? I can master social media. It’s not that hard. But the learning curve is time consuming. And when I do Facebook and Twitter at the same time, it sucks up the hours. Blogging is even worse.
I have to admit I’m enjoying the process. In spite of the frustration and the time and the way my eyes are starting to feel square from staring at a screen.
Now I’m going to put this away and finish editing my book. It’s the reason for all these other activities and I must get it done.