Today you get a little rant from me about twitter. Or more correctly, some of the authors who use twitter.
Twitter is an awesome social media to connect with fans, other authors and generally just have fun. I post a lot of silly things on there, I have a very long list of hashtags I use, and a lot of inspirational themed tags to chose from if I need some help to come up with something new to post.
I post music that inspires me, I post silly little games like #thursdaydoomsday where I predict the end of the world. Or there is #deadsunday where I come up with a horrible way to die. Sometimes I post a writing tip, or how much I managed to write. And once in a while, I post an awesome one liner from one of my books and post.
But there are some authors out there that only use twitter for one thing - they promote.
Now, there is nothing wrong with promoting your own books, your writing or your blog. I do this too. Every time I write a new post on this blog, I post it on twitter (and a lot of you people reading this probably came from clicking that link). I post on twitter when I publish a new book, and sometimes I'll throw a link to one of the old ones just to generate some new traffic to it. Because of course, as writers promoting our work is important and something we do, and twitter is brilliant for this, because unlike facebook, the hashtag #ebooks can be and will be searched by a lot of people who might not know who I am or ever heard about my books.
But those people who only have an account on twitter to spam it with the same promotion over and over, well they drive me crazy, and while I have no evidence to this, I imagine people either simply skip over their posts or unfollow them. I know I do.
This rant was born, because I saw a promotion that read something like this...
Tired of never having the time to take a break, let us help you. This new program let you schedule promotions on your twitter feed so you can enjoy the free life without having to worry about promoting.
And all I could think was: what the hell is the point of twitter if you never actually interact with anyone on it? if you just spam the feed with annoying commercials why would anyone follow you? That would be like having a channel on your TV that only showed commercials for one thing. And ask yourself this, if you had that channel, would you honestly watch it more than three seconds?
As an end to my rant, I'll leave my list of hashtags I use, because maybe someone will be inspired and find out how fun twitter can actually be, if you leave the commercials and start interacting with people.
I've updated the website... and let me just say that that takes a lot more time than one would think (though I'm sure that might be because I suck at it, who knows o_0 ).
Anyway, there are a few things to take notice of (if you are so inclined).
1) There are no longer the tabs 'Raven Black' and 'Becky Welsh'. They have both gone, disappeared and will never be back. What have happen is that it just became to much to keep up with two pen names. So Becky Welsh has been moved to - HERE - under other publications. As I write, I might still publish things under that pen name, but right now and in the future, I'm going to concentrate on my main writing.
2) There is now a tab called Books, and under that one You'll find the books I've published, am working on or will be working on in the future. Hopefully this will make it easier for people visiting my site to find what they are actually looking for :D
But, now that the website has been updated, I got a whole weekend dedicated just to writing.
And on that, here's a small quote from Witches at war:
I’m not a nice white witch. I’m not gentle and sweet and all flowers and wittle wabbits. I’m death and destruction and terrible power.
And with that, I'll go back to writing.
Yeah, so as always, life got in the way, and I'm a week late on getting back on schedule, but, I'm here. Last night I finished a beta read I promised for a friend, planning of Witches at war are moving along and hopefully I can start truly writing it in September.
My biggest "hindrance" (read - annoyance) right now is that I don't have a desk yet in my new apartment. It has been planned out and all, I just need to actually have the money and time to build the damn thing, so right now my writing is happening on the dinner table, meaning I have to lug my notes and everything back and forth all the time which actually annoys me greatly. It's a bit funny because I didn't think it would be that big of a problem but I've gotten so used to having a desk, that even the small thing it is to not have a real desk is well, almost pissing me off :D
Oh, another thing I've gotten back on track with is twitter. It had gone a bit stale but I'm back so if you're bored go and read some of the weird shit I post there :D
Today is bad advice day, so if you want some bad advice, just find me on twitter and ask your question ;)
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