Since my computer and I are on such good terms, I thought today I would talk about getting a techno thumb for those of us who are occasionally computer challenged.
For much of this wisdom I give credit to Edie Melson and her amazing blog The Write Conversation. Without Edie this blog might not even exist yet. Thank you, Edie for helping all of us who were gone the day techno skills were handed out.
The truth is writer’s need to have some technical skills to build their relationship with readers and gain a presence in our techno savvy world. With conference just around the corner there are lots of ways to boost your social media impact.
5 Tips To Boosting Your Social Media With A Writer’s Conference:
1. Start a twitter account. It is free and once you have met people at conference you will have an opportunity to continue to connect with other writers. Helpful Twitter article: http://thewriteconversation.blogspot.com/search?q=twitter
2. Set Up Your Social Media on HootSuite. No, I’m not asking you to take on one more thing. This is actually a huge time saver. It allows you to schedule your posts in the morning and be done with social media for the day. It is extremely simple, free, and will get you ready to continue to build your network after conference is over. Helpful articles on HootSuite: http://thewriteconversation.blogspot.com/2012/09/social-media-mondaya-step-by-step.html and http://thewriteconversation.blogspot.com/search?q=Hootsuite
3. Take Pictures and Upload To Facebook. Most of us have cell phones these days. If you don’t know how to take a photo and upload it to Facebook, there is likely someone nearby who can teach you. By posting these pictures and a comment it allows you to keep connected and add a dash of likability. Readers enjoy knowing more about you.
4. Brainstorm Blog Topics. If you don’t yet have a blog, WordPress is a great place to start. But whether you have a blog now, or plan to have one in the future, the conference is a great place to find Blog Topics. After a class, write down the name of the instructor and five tips you learned from them. You now have a blog topic that features an expert in the industry. If you write a blog for every class you attend, you will have a rich file of topics to draw on.
5. Maintain Your Connections. Look up the websites of your new contacts, follow them on twitter, and follow them on Facebook. Stay connected by commenting on their blog and interacting on Facebook. Never forget the importance of a network of other writers and readers.
What other social media tips do you have for staying connected with others?