I'm trying to be a writer (you may have heard mention of this fact a couple thousand times already...lets just pretend this is the first time) and writers need an audience and an ability to connect with them. So, I'm gonna try something different in the blog this time.
I struggle to talk about myself in any meaningful way to strangers. I don't know you and you don't know me so, for the most part we are strangers. I show up on Twitter and tweet some mundane fact about myself:
"I like cheese!"
or, find myself chiming in about movies, cracking wise or ruminating about the size of the universe.The bulk of what I "talk" about is in short, sharp blasts on Twitter and that's lead me to wonder how much of a connection I'm making to the people I interact with through the myriad of social forums. I'm not the most social of animals since I do not find myself in the least bit "special" or "interesting" so find it hard to fathom when/if someone else does. Klout tells me I have measurable impact on those that read my tweets but I'm not entirely sure about that, barring one or two exceptions. (You know who you are!)
The world of writing and writers is one of support and mutual appreciation, for the most part, and I think I'm a part of that but I find my pragmatic self wondering if I'm wasting time with strangers or building genuine friendships, valuable contacts and fans or is it all just a weird smokescreen.
So, I'm going to open up here...on this blog. Ask me anything you want. Is there anything you want to know? (I can't imagine there is but now is your chance)
I will try to give you honest answers (I may lie occasionally to protect the innocent). And don't be scared about offending me or any of that nonsense, I'm thick-skinned and I have a knife...I can look after myself.
And let me finish by asking this: What are you looking for from Twitter/Facebook/Tumblr et al? Are you looking for friends? Contacts? People to buy your book? A mix of everything?
Ok. Now I sit back and see what happens...