So, about this Snapchat #socialmedia thing…

I wonder…

Are any Indie Authors using it to promote their work?

And if they are, are they finding it worthy of the time and brain cells it took them to learn yet another social media thing for which to suck them away from their writing (not that I need it for an excuse to do that… I have many, many others from which to draw from)?

I am filled with such wonderment for this Snapchat thing from seeing more and more written about its value in marketing to the social media-consumed Millennials.

 
 

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33 Replies to “So, about this Snapchat #socialmedia thing…”

    1. Great read, DJ. And based how many more likes my photos get versus my blathering, text-only posts, it supports my own casual and highly unscientific observations.

      I guess I need to research snapchat to see what kind of medium it is and whether it can help me promote words instead of pictures and videos about words. :)

      Thanks a bunch for the referral.

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  1. Good question. I sure don’t have an answer, although would love to know what you find out. I love how you put it…more more thing to take away from our writing! Cheers to our writing and voices of sincere awakening and love.

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    1. Thank you for the very kind cheer, Michelle. I’m not sure how much time I’m going to invest as it appears to be more a picture sharing app. I’ve downloaded it to my phone but as of yet haven’t mustered up the courage to dig into it.

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  2. I think bottom line is to find the social media platform you’re comfortable with the most. We’ve become such a visuals-hungry audience and that’s why Instagram and Snapchat are very popular among millennials these days, but if you’re not engaging people with what works for that medium, then it becomes a waste of time better used elsewhere, whether it’s blogging, facebooking, and most of all, writing. I know some authors who struggle with other forms of social media but are total rock stars on Facebook, and some who are hardly engaging anyone on Twitter but have huge followings on Instagram. Some set up podcasts and Youtube channels or Google hangouts, and then some just stick to their blogs where they may find more engagement than anywhere else.

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    1. I would agree with Liz, put the time into the type of social media that you’re comfortable with, as long as it’s not cutting into your writing time too much. I’ve thought about Instagram, after all, ‘a picture paints a thousand words’ but haven’t decided on it yet.

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      1. One of the things that I’ve seen people do is automate their posts to go on different platforms, like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and even Tumblr. WordPress has that option, where your blog posts can be linked to various social media accounts, but like blogging or just putting yourself out there, content is key and one needs to base the message’s presentation on the medium.

        You’re so right about “a picture paints a thousand words” for Instagram, and even those things take time. We certainly don’t want to do a Martha Stewart faux pas like she did when she photographed whatever it was she was eating and years later, people haven’t forgotten :)

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      1. Thanks, I do what I can and I still commit many mistakes. But no Snapchat for me. The social mediums I’m already on take a lot of my time as it is, and I’ve just put on my editing hat for the next 3 months to get my sequels out.

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        1. Thank you for taking the time to share your wisdom, Liz. I really appreciate it and after looking at it from a couple of different angles I’ll probably follow your lead and stick with the platforms I know for now.

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  3. I don’t use any social media….all my time is put towards writing. And I’m okay with it. The focus of my recent posts has been helping others find more time to write. Unless it’s directly leading to more sales, perhaps social media becomes of lesser priority? Curious on your collective thoughts.

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    1. So, how are you marketing your writing? Or are you just writing just as a personal endeavor. The goal, as far as I see it, to any engagement with readers via whatever medium should always be a positive factor toward sales, even if it’s not in an effort to make sales. Leaving intriguing comments such as yours on blogs such as mine are a great way to intrigue and influence new readers toward one’s broader writing spaces and farther on into sales. Thanks, Arthur.

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      1. Writing as a personal endeavor until there’s enough completed writing to sell, which is the end of 2016. I’m sure I’ll need to enter the social media world before long. Thanks, Mr. Brindley!

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  4. I have no idea how Snapchat works…it’s on my phone, but I honestly cannot figure it out. My experience with Twitter has led me to conclude that it takes a lot of time and energy to form, and sustain, the active “like, retweet, follow” relationships to keep your “Twitter presence” viable…just really don’t have time for all that. I have enjoyed Instagram very much, and I have found it to be a natural expansion of the screenshots I post and “as it’s happening” elements of the conversation surrounding the show that I write about. I think that social media can be a fun augment to one’s blog or writing projects, and it’s an opportunity to keep creating in a fun, non-pressure way. It’s also a great way to gauge the vibe of what people are talking, and posting about, currently.

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  5. Both of my kids (both Millennials) use Snapchat quite a bit, as well as Twitter, Instagram and Tumbler. They use Snapchat more as a quick conversation tool with friends. Anything deeper than that, they tell me they found on Tumbler or Twitter, usually Tumbler.

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