Saturday, January 28, 2012

Missing in action

I have always suspected that untamed social media would take away valuable writing time, but just the opposite has happened to me over the past year-plus. I have been invisible on social media and instead have been busy writing the sequel to Candlewax (Tabrek), working on short stories, thinking, moving, and generally being engulfed in life.

I signed up for Twitter in 2009. Since then, I have tweeted twice. What a phenomenal pace!!! I signed up to blog a year ago. I think this is my fourth blog. WOW. What impulsive erudition.

Well, I've had to figure a few things out.

First of all, I am going to start liking social media. It's convenient, fun, and inclusive. It's a great way for authors to reach out to their readers.

Next, I'm going to try to link it all up together: Twitter with my Blog with Facebook with reading sites like Goodreads with my website with whatever else comes along. The web giants are nudging us towards this kind of comprehensive unity anyway. They want it, badly. Social media platforms are going to be as connected as possible with each other.

As an author, I embrace this, even as a private person it is alarming. Starting March 1, Google will adopt a new privacy policy and begin tracking individual users across its many services including search, gmail, and YouTube. Will the corporation Google always be in the right hands and make moral decisions? I hope so. What could happen? As a writer of fiction, I hate to imagine it.