Friday, May 18, 2012

Why Social Networking?

Why Bother?

Ok, so I swore I'd NEVER use Twitter or get into social networking ever.


That oath didn't last long. As a matter of fact, I met other authors last October who swore by social networking to sell their brand and product.

But I didn't think I had a brand to sell. Boy was I wrong!

I have a book to sell. That means I have a product. And as a result, I have a brand to sell.

That would be me!

So, I took the dive and started a Twitter account that very day!  And immediately, I started following other writers, Christians, and moms who have similar interests.

I also had followers!

Which One Is Which?

Well, you can't try ALL of the social networking tools out there. You'd go nuts!

But do try the big three: Facebook, Twitter, and blogging.

After that positive experience, I decided to start an Author Facebook page where I could post about writing events and other news about my books.

So far, so good.

I find that Facebook can be a most valuable tool for getting your product out there.

But I feel the biggest change came when I starting to blog regularly. I blog 3 times a week about different subjects and, as a result, I have met other writers, literary agents, and other experts in their fields.

The information exchange has benefitted me immensely!

Now, blogging has become a regular part of my life.

I Can't Wait!

And I can't wait to share things on my blog about writing, faith in God, and other points of interest.

My personal brand has evolved and so has my platform.

My name is getting out there little by little so when my next book is released...I will be able to reach out to more people than ever before.

Why Social Network?

Why not??

If you have a product to sell, I highly recommend getting your name out there. Create a personal brand. Tell the world who you are and what you are about.

Yes, I know social networking can be a negative....but it can also be used for good!

I am planning on a mission trip early this summer and I can't wait to blog about it, post pictures on Facebook, and send tweets out on Twitter about the events of the day.


It's all about making connections and informing the world about who you are and what you do. You'd be surprised! There are so many incredible people out there who do and love the things you do. By making contact, you will be furthering your message!

Make it a positive one!



  1. So true, Ruth! I love social networking! But just the big 3. Too much takes away from my writing and family time. :)

    1. Me too! I've tried LinkedIn and Google circles, but got burned out. Too much computer time!!

      Glad it's worked out for you and so glad we met through social networking!

      Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Social networking has changed my life! I love making those connections. I've loved growing in this together and giving each other tips too. ;)

    1. I know!! We both have learned so much since the ACFW conference in October. Just think what we will learn at this year's conference!