Are Writers or Illustrators Twits if they Tweet?
We have to be social on the Internet but how do we balance it?
Twitter for authors and illustrators? I mean come on, who has time for all the social networking available to writers and illustrators? And when will we have time to write or illustrate the “important” stuff?
I have picked up so much helpful information lately on many topics relative to the business of writing and illustrating. I have been up since 4am trying to document all the gems- my head is spinning! I have discovered so many answers that I know will benefit me (and you) when I get to share it all. There is so much information available to us but it is a maze to sort through and now again this week the question is raised: Am I a Twit if I Tweet?
Social media can be extremely consuming but I truly believe it is a vital part of a writer’s or illustrator’s business. I can honestly say it has bought me work, connected me to some great people and put a lot of fun in my break times. Yes, it has been worth the time but I do my best to be disciplined. I must be mindful of the balance between the Internet and my creative and family time – not always easy!
Twitter – Tried it, didn’t buy a T-Shirt either.
Years ago when Twitter was new I opened an account and fiddled but never really gave twitter a go. Now I wouldn’t even know my account login.
After digesting Michael Hyatt’s view on Twitter in his book Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World I am seriously considering opening a new Twitter account with a renewed curiosity. Michael has convinced me that Twitter may be a valuable community platform and it may well be worth my time. I bought his audio book which was a great time saver (listening in the gym) but I now want the hard copy to bombard with a juicy highlighter pen, as it was so full of great information – thanks Michael!
So am I a Twit if I use Twitter too?
Although I understand the need for social networking, I have to be precious about my creative time (especially as I am getting busier and busier!) I don’t like jumping around aimlessly on social media without building relationships in the process. I don’t like the spammy “look at me, look at me!” attitude at all.
I write, so obviously I like to share what I think is valuable. I also appreciate the heads up from others so I’m willing to test the Michael’s theory. But there is a reason I have renewed courage to take on another social platform when my work opportunities are accelerating: I now have tools to streamline my social networking and make it more profitable for the people I connect with too.
So Twitter here I come, you are on my radar in the next few weeks. I will let you know if I was a Twit or not in a few months but in the meantime, I would love to hear about your experience if you Tweet regularly. OK, I am all ears … or is that eyes here?