A Look at Social Media
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I didn't intend to take some down time this week, the first week of Trimarked promo, three weeks left until the release date. But, my body made me. 5 days of dizziness and migraines kept me in bed.
I was able to squeeze in most of my social media, and there's actually where I want to focus this week, because of the forced down time.
This week while sick I:
Gained almost 100 new Instagram followers.
Interacted with dozens of people.
Gained at least one new interaction from someone interested in Trimarked.
This is the power of social media, and the benefit of building slowly, through interaction. There's a little bit of freedom built in, the availability to disappear and have your online crew not only understand, but offer support in the meantime.
Granted, I didn't disappear. Whenever the pills kicked in long enough, I peeked in. It was pretty much all I could do before I passed out again. I know thers who have, though, even for a whole month to take care of mental health or avoid a triggering time on social media, and those who truly follow to follow stay.
It's a relief to have found such a community. When I first joined the dreaded social media as an author, I had no idea what I had gotten myself into. So many sources say you don't strictly need social media.
I honestly believe that's pre-Covid. When you could go to conferences, arrange for book signings and readings, all the things we can't currently do and which aren't high on my list of choices, either way. So, social media it is.
All that being said, I still don't understand Twitter, or Reddit, and my Facebook page is pretty slow to grow. Instagram is my main avenue for contact, and where I still haven't learned everything, I've settled into an aesthetic and a post routine that works. One day I may tackle the others, but as a debut author with realistic expectations, I figure taking my time and learning to do things well will benefit me more in the long run, than trying to do it all in a shallow, mediocre way.
Time will tell, I guess.
Until then, I'm feeling better, so I can get back into the swing of things. I have a goal of 1000 Instagram followers - of quality! - by release day. In truth, I'm not certain how many book sales that will translate as, if any, but as most of the joy is in the journey, it may not matter.
Unless they all buy my books. Then it matters 100%. 😂