So Ky Grabowski is doing a spot light of me and gave me permission to have three of my charming followers in on this. Basically, the first three to comment get a spot in the spot light, but here’s the deal: you have to do the spot light before the end of June since spots are filled for July, and she’ll be able to squeeze you in for June.
Quickly comment, and I will inform her of the first three commenters! The spot light thing is basically showcasing you and what you’re all about. So you get attention…and lots of it.
I’m nearing the 300 follower mark after two months of blogging, followers I worked hard to get. At the same time, I am learning that it is not the amount of followers you have, in spite of what social media moguls will tell you. I believe it is the relationships you try to establish with each one. So, if you have 100 followers and talk to every one of them, then that is better than 1000 followers you don’t even acknowledge. Those are 100 followers who could potentially support you in your endeavors versus the 1000 followers who feel ignored and may choose not to support your endeavors because you don’t acknowledge them.
So I’m going to get down to the nitty gritty of what this post is about using my experiences so far in the social media world. I’ve only been back in social media for about two months, but I’m learning that it is so important to see your followers as more than just a number–you need to see them as people. You need to devote the time they devote to you, if you can. Even if you can’t go to their blogs, interact with them when they comment on your posts (and I will get to commenting on my last post. I promise). These are people you talk to, people you can form invaluable online relationships with, and not just for book promotions either. It just feels good to know others are taking the time out of their day to appreciate what you wrote. I can’t describe the feeling. I’m sure a lot of you know what I’m talking about. But please, don’t get followers for the sake of followers so you can expand your platform. Take the time to try and get to know who is following you. And even if you don’t want to follow that person back, at least recognize this person read your stuff. READ. YOUR. STUFF. This person could have chosen to read other stuff, but no. YOUR. STUFF.
I say don’t go after a number because you can have 10,000 followers but only 100 are ever commenting on your posts. So where are those 9900 other followers? What are they doing? Why do you even have them? I guess it’s great to have them should they happen to catch what you write, but I’ve always preferred quality over quantity. Quality seems to be working for me thus far.
There is also Twitter where people love to play the number’s game. I have 1,000 followers, most of who followed me. I do not follow for the sake of following. I generally wait until people follow me, and if I like their profile (meaning they’re not spamming), I will follow them back and engage in conversation. However, while I want to interact with all 1000 of my followers, some of them fall into the trap of link spamming. Now I will re-tweet ones I find engaging, but most are just plain irritating and I hate that that follower fell into that trap. They then start neglecting their followers in favor of trying to push their wares on us all. It does no good to have 2000 followers if 2000 of your followers aren’t checking you out because you’re link spamming. Social media is not like my part-time job, which is a number’s game. Social media is about interaction, recognizing people for who they are. At least, that’s what I think.
But I seriously appreciate all of you. Like, you have no idea. It never gets old to find out when someone has liked my post or commented on it. Never. I don’t think it ever will. I’ll admit I love being noticed. But I also love meeting new people and getting to know them and what they write. People are just awesome to me.
There was actually a tie between 13 Reasons Why and The Looking Glass Wars, and because I promised to make a choice last night, I wasn’t going to wait around for someone to break the tie. So I just closed my eyes and chose between the two. So, without further ado, The Looking Glass Wars!
The Myth: Alice was an ordinary girl who stepped through the looking glass and entered a fairy-tale world invented by Lewis Carroll in his famous storybook. The Truth: Wonderland is real. Alyss Heart is the heir to the throne, until her murderous aunt Redd steals the crown and kills Alyss? parents. To escape Redd, Alyss and her bodyguard, Hatter Madigan, must flee to our world through the Pool of Tears. But in the pool Alyss and Hatter are separated. Lost and alone in Victorian London, Alyss is befriended by an aspiring author to whom she tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life. Yet he gets the story all wrong. Hatter Madigan knows the truth only too well, and he is searching every corner of our world to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland so she may battle Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.
The rule are the same. You must be following me and you must comment to be entered. Simply liking this post will do you no good. It would also be great if you could re-blog, Tweet, FB it, or whatever you social bugs have.
I will be giving this book away Saturday at 9 PM.
Next week, due to the tie, I will be giving away 13 Reasons Why.
Thank you so much for being such great followers! Good luck!
I was supposed to do one of these posts when I received 100, but things happened quickly and I had other posts I wanted to do. In any case, thank you each and every one of you! So am I going to do one of these every time I hit a milestone? No. I am doing this one because I want to start doing giveaways.
When I reach 200+ followers, I’m going to do a giveaway. It might just be something small. It might not be, but it’s going to be a freaking giveaway. I’m hoping that this giveaway can be done at the end of this week. You’ll just need to keep an eye out.
In any case, thank you everyone for enjoying my posts, commenting on them, liking them, linking them, and reblogging them! I promise every post I create will have as much quality as the last post!
I have just earned my 40th follower today after almost a week of finally tagging my posts. I just want you all to know that I appreciate every single one of my followers and I promise to follow all of your posts and give my input because we all have something awesome and interesting to say. And hopefully I will not disappoint with what I post. I promise to keep blogging about both mental health and writing every day!
I have fantastic, super amazing news, Stars. But…I’m not unveiling this news right now. All I can promise you is it is super, awesome, fantasticness of fantastic news. It’s epic. At least, to me it is. When I get 50 followers on this blog, I will unveil. Right now I’m at 33. I’d probably be at more, but I didn’t start actually tagging until a few days ago. I know. I had the dumbz then. Turns out it is not easy trying to get attention on Twitter, even if you do have lots of followers.
In any case, in order to get this news, you need to share the crap out of the stuff I post. I’m going to start putting my published works on my blog (since they’re mine now again anyway), and I’m thinking of continuing one of them on this blog. Also, expect more guest posts and possible interviews in the future.