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Scared of Social Media (and Doing it Anyway)

Scared of Social Media (and Doing it Anyway)

Last week, I participated in my first ever webinar. I used to hate the word “webinar” because I didn’t know what it was, and I’m sometimes (almost always) afraid of techy-sounding things. Today, I love the word “webinar,” and I’m using it as often as I can because now I’ve done one and I liked it.

This particular webinar, “The 5 Top Questions Writers Ask About Book Marketing,” was held by Jennie Nash and Dan Blank. I could go on and on about how great it was, and how excited I am to read Dan Blank’s book, Be the Gateway, but instead, I’m just going to share what I did in the minutes, hours, and days immediately following the webinar:

  • I tweeted for the first time since November 2015.
  • I started a new Instagram account.
  • I did my homework for the webinar.
  • I posted a picture of my French fries to Instagram (and immediately regretted it)
  • I wrote and posted this blog post. (By the time anyone reads it, this will be true)

I don’t know if you can tell by these actions that I’m fired up about the promise of being one of those people who has a positive relationship with social media, but I really am. And at the same time, I have some fears about it. Here are a few:

  • That I will start taking selfies (and pictures of my food) everywhere I go
  • That no one will care
  • That I will live and die by the number of “likes” I get
  • That I will find my life lacking because it doesn’t measure up to everyone else’s cooking classes in Thailand and awesome beach barbecues and book signings with huge turnouts
  • That I will do really great at the beginning and then fail to follow through
  • That I’ll do such an awesome job that everyone will want to be me (haha! this is not true)

And yet, despite my fears, I’ve decided I’m going to give social media a whirl anyway. I’m even going to create a content calendar as per the advice of my friend Kristin Rockaway, and get serious about it as an important part of my job as a writer. Why?

  • Because Dan Blank and Jennie Nash made it seem like a not-so-scary thing to do.
  • Because I understand the importance of building an author platform (and starting the process while you’re writing your book, not after).
  • Because I live in a quite suburban neighborhood where I feel isolated from the rest of the world, and the idea of potentially communing with other writers and creatives all over the world appeals to me in a big way.

So there you have it.

Here’s to being afraid and jumping in anyway. Thank you, Jennie Nash and Dan Blank for the inspiration.


P.S. Webinar.

(just wanted to say it one more time)

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