As the social media arena continues to grow, I’ve seen how beneficial it can be to writers; at first, though, I thought it was just for the teen set. Sort of an advanced or more grown-up myspace. And I certainly had no use for myspace, so I ignored all forms of social media for a long time.

Don’t laugh, but I’ll let you in on a secret.

The first time I ever heard the word, “twitter”, was during a live chat with the Jonas Brothers. (Yeah, I’m one of those moms.)

I figured that pretty well confirmed what I thought: twitter was for the teens.

A few months or so later, however, I read an article featuring an author that I really look up to and she was talking about all the benefits of using twitter.

Suddenly twitter looked very different than I’d imagined it to be, so I opened an account of my own just to see what it was all about.

I’ve never regretted doing this, because the writer’s community here has proven to be beneficial for me, as well. I’ve learned a lot about my craft in a very short amount of time – and time is money no matter what business we’re in.

I’ve learned about techniques, tried out a few tips along the way, begun utilizing hash tags and have met some pretty interesting people. I’ve learned about other author’s #wip (that’s “writing-in-progress”, by the way) – and let me say that there are some pretty amazing books being written out there that I cannot wait to get my hands on!

I got hooked on Jody Hedlund’s writing style with her debut historical, The Preacher’s Bride. I had never read a ‘bonnet book’ before and actually hadn’t ever thought that I would read one. But after her blog and website drew me in, I couldn’t resist buying the book simply because I had already grown to respect and like Jody through twitter. Her next novel, The Doctor’s Lady, will be released in 19 days – and I am so excited to read it!

I’m also pretty excited about another historical release written by Kelly Stone Gamble; this book entitled Ragtown caught my attention right away because it’s based around the Hoover Dam building project. Look at her blog (kellystonegamble.blogspot.com) and the first line under Ragtown reads: “Hell is lined with concrete.”

My grandfather and uncle both helped build the Hoover Dam. I’m pretty excited to get a different glimpse into their lives!

My list could go on and on.

What my point is, in the end, social media isn’t the monster I thought it would be.

Yes, people can turn it into vehicles for badness. But speaking on a professional level, I have come to rely on twitter to keep me connected, alert to the trends and to help teach me things about the writing community that it would have most likely taken me a very long to get the hang of – if I ever did.

Gee, thanks, twitter!

 

Robyn