It was not long ago I protested the use of social networking sites, nose a little skyward, with quips like:
“You’ll never catch me on Twitter.”
“I dare you to Google me. You won’t find anything but job-related links.”
“I only wish my life was so dull that I could spend hours of it twiddling online.”
Well, I may not be twiddling, but I’m certainly twittering. And Goodreading. And WordPressing. And commenting and liking and Linking on In.
Writers know marketing is part of the publishing process. They also know it should start early, well before a book summons its first paying reader. But here’s the snag. Many writers are introverts. That is probably why we like to write. We are alone. With our thoughts. Thoughts easier to reveal by keyboard than mouth.
If you are not sure whether or not you are an introvert (really?), I found a checklist to guide you. Might be the highest test score I’ve ever received.
Okay, no need for nail biting; I made peace with my introversion long ago. Or my “Sheldonism” as my family calls it, for any Big Bang Theory fans out there. In fact, I rather enjoy the following quote: “The limited circle is pure.”—Franz Kafka.
Kind of ironic I found it on a social networking site.
So how does a reticent networker network? Surprisingly easily. In fact, maybe these sites were developed with the introvert in mind. Express yourself in 140 characters or less? No problem. Join a discussion without the usual pressure of verbal tongue-tie? Groovy. Comment on blog posts you find insightful and interesting, all from the comfort of your timid cocoon? (Or Snuggie if you’re one of those. I am not.) Hey, count me in.
And guess what? It has been much easier to assimilate than I ever imagined. In fact, most challenging is:
- Deluding myself I hold anything of interest to others.
- Budgeting my time accordingly. I am trying to write another novel, after all.
The latter is proving most difficult. I encounter so many interesting people, whether by perusing blogs or eyeballing tweets or comparing book lists. People from different countries, different life situations, different viewpoints. And how cool is it to tweet an author whose book you’ve just read? Seems much more than mere marketing (especially considering I am presently a product-less promoter). In fact, it is more like an awakening.
Now, if only I could learn to put it down for a nap…
Photo credit: all images from Microsoft Clip Art
- Step Into My World (listentomethunder.wordpress.com)
- Quiet; Took Me 40 Years To Be A Proud Introvert (scrapsofmygeeklife.com)