Techno Thumb – 5 Tips To Boost Your Social Media Impact With A Writer’s Conference

Last night my computer and I had a cat fight. Needless to say, my hairdo looks like it’s been in a light socket. My eyes are as crossed as the letter “t” on my computer keyboard.

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:

Before 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

During Conference

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.

After Conference

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?

 

 

 

 

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About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

5 thoughts on “Techno Thumb – 5 Tips To Boost Your Social Media Impact With A Writer’s Conference

  1. Pinterest is also a great social media tool. I wish I could get real savvy with Twitter. After ACFW, I hope to get HootSuite set up better with the people I follow most.

  2. ediemelson says:

    Michelle, thank you so much for the shout out! I have to confess though, I just got you started. You’ve built this blog with hard work and lots of social media savvy. Keep up the good work!

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