I kept reading that an aspiring writer needed to have an on-line presence.
I joined Twitter last September and read articles and blog posts about the different strategies you could adopt to build your following. After a few weeks I had a massive following of 20 people and my strategy was to start following other writers and readers. Most followed back.
I’ve met some great people on-line and Twitter made me buy a Kindle. I’m serious. I’d always resisted buying an e-reader, but I met these people and their books sounded interesting.
I’ve downloaded more than a dozen e-books (several have made me part with my hard-earned cash, not just freebies) and double that number in samples, all from Twitter connections, all books I wouldn’t have found otherwise.
Recently, I’ve had a number of people who follow me in the evening. I get the email, check them out and follow straight back because I’m kind like that.
The next morning I notice my numbers have fallen. They have already unfollowed me.
By the MORNING!
They didn’t even stay for breakfast.
Seriously though, I don’t have a problem with people unfollowing me. I would never unfollow someone who followed me as it doesn’t seem in the spirit of things. This social media merry-go-round is about mutual support and I’m all for that.
I do take exception to the people who take advantage of you by duping you into following them only to ditch you once you’ve returned the favour. They are simply doing this to boost their numbers and make themselves look more popular. That’s uncool.
I don’t want a one night stand and I am on to their game.
Thanks for reading and, be careful out there!