What do you wish you had known about blogs or Twitter or Facebook or any social networking stuff before you got involved online?
Okay, besides how addicting they can be. 🙂
How quickly the moods change about them. When I first got involved with blogging, LiveJournal, GreatestJournal, and Blogger were the big three.
Now? I only keep an LJ to comment to other people/comms, because of some seriously hinky things that LJ has been doing that I can’t agree with. GreatestJournal is gone and I’ve never been very fond of Blogger.
When I first started, MySpace wasn’t yet the phenomenon it is now, so that’s one I’ve never dealt with, save to never get one. I remember when Facebook started gaining popularity and you had to have an .edu email to sign up for it.
Now, it seems like… everyone has various blogs. I mean, I have some just for comms (Like on JournalFen.net, and here on LJ), my GreatestJournal is lost, my main journal is on InsaneJournal, and I’m soon to have a DreamWidth account. And the blogosphere just keeps getting larger.
Yes, it does change all the time, doesn’t? Hard to know what will stay around but also hard to ignore them.
I find the time balancing act the most difficult.
Are you on Facebook? Because I’m scared to even get started.
/such a dork/
LOL…NOT. A. DROK.
I am on there and if you want to go there I will hold your hand. We can even do it over the phone.
I love it for Lexulous (Scrabble) Hahaha.
The most important thing I didn’t grasp was how important it is to keep them up. Better not to have a blog/FB page/Twitter account at all, than to start one in a flush of excitement and then let it lapse. The whole social networking thing is a lot of WORK!
It IS a lot of work, isn’t it? I keep trying to find ways to streamline but then I am always nosy and want to see what else is going on.
I wish I’d known how many different people I had to be… now I have a different network for each hat I wear.
I miss the days of bulletin boards and online forums, when the computer was actually fun.
I’m sorry you’re not having fun with it all.
I don’t do so well wearing different hats so I think I come across as a wee bit psycho.
This is something I realized pretty quickly but something which I think is a stumbling point for many people: know your audience. This goes a little bit with what norda said. I have a personal journal which is friends-only. Very very few of my writer friends are there and I use that for working through personal stuff, being goofy and posting about my frustrations and disappointments. I have my public writing journal which I post VERY carefully in. I would never use it to complain about lack of ideas, frustrations over slowness of response to queries, writer’s block, etc. Of course in lj you have the friendslock option. But personality really comes across in online journals and if you complain a lot in your blog, agents, editors and readers are going to pick up on it I think.
Really, really good point.
Again I think a problem I have because I am all over the map. I am trying to be too many things to to many people and as a result, I don’t know that I am building the readership I need / should be building.
And yes, the whole be careful what you post is very important.
I agree with a lot of what and . Keeping up with just LJ takes a lot of time, and I don’t even bother with my Myspace account. Do I really need a Facebook/Twitter/Dreamwidth to keep current, or is everyone going those ways now? I don’t want to fall behind, but I don’t feel like keeping up with 5+ blog mediums.
I think there will always be people who hop from trend to trend. Me, I just want a home base that works for me. Right now it seems to be blog/Twitter/Facebook and a little bit of Linkedin.
You’re right. I consider LJ to be my homebase, so I guess that’s why I don’t see a need to jump. But I don’t want to miss too much, you know?
I’d still like to know how this can help my writing. 99% of my Friends are just my husband’s relatives.
What am I doing wrong?
Re: From Poe
Well I think you need to get an openid first so people can then follow you back to your blog.
And then do what you are starting to do, comment on other people’s blogs.
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