Where do I start? Okay, let’s start with Social Networking. Yeah, I’m talking about Twitter and FaceBook and LinkedIn and all those “online presence for marketing” things. I’m telling you, if you friend me or network me or whatever noun is now a verb JUST TO SELL YOUR STUFF, I will un-verb you so fast your merchandise will spin around in a circle until it wears a hole in the floor. So I don’t like to do that to other people.
BE A PERSON. I have lots of online friends — Okay, not thousands, but I’m all about quality, not quantity, except when it comes to cleaning the house, in which case I’m not about either. Where was I? Oh, yeah: I’ve met people online and “talked” to them about writing or photography or movies or food or whatever. I’ve met people at conventions and traded practices of elevator speeches and recipes. And it’s the people who have interacted with me as PEOPLE that capture my attention. Those are the people I ask to guest on my blog. Those are the people I friend and follow and those are the people whose news I share with as many people as I can. Not the high-powered marketeers. The people.
BE A PERSON. If I go to a writer’s blog and it’s all about selling product, I don’t bookmark it. But if it’s about the person behind the book as well as the work, I’m more liable to subscribe to that blog and keep up with that writer’s career and, again, share that news. My writing is important to me, but I have a life outside of that which, naturally, both informs and impinges on my work, and this blog is about all that. Plus, I love writing prompts, so I always append one to my posts, because everything is about writing with me.
I’m really so very tired of people who don’t do social networking rolling their eyes about it and claiming it’s unreal and impersonal. Some of it is. Some of it is fake socializing in order to sell a product. But some of it isn’t. There are plenty of people out there.
WRITING PROMPT: Have a character go on vacation and run into someone else who is also on vacation and let them learn that they know each other online. Are they awkward or does their online friendship carry over instantly? Or are they feuding online and does their face-to-face make it worse or dissolve the animosity? Does their on-line interaction change, or does it have a parallel sort of existence?