One of the things I’ve seen for years, ever since Facebook and Twitter and other social media became a big deal, is that authors are advised to build an online platform. So I see a lot of authors tweeting about writing and how many words a day they’re doing and writing resources for authors and all this stuff…
Which is cool, if you’re an author.
So as a fellow author, I love following other authors on social media because I get a lot of tips and ideas from it. But the reader side of my brain scrolls through Twitter and screams BORED.
So I was idly scrolling through facebook the other day and noticed something from Maggie Stiefvater (I’ve never read anything of hers–yet, she’s on my TBR list–but I follow her on Facebook because of the awesome art she occasionally posts). Directly below it I saw a blog post from my friend Mirriam Neal, also an great artist and author. And seeing the two together kinda bopped me upside the head with an idea.
What if, instead of a ‘platform’ online–which honestly sounds like I’m automatically trying to sell something–I just let my personality speak for myself.
This probably isn’t a real revelation to a lot of folks, but it kinda was for me.
The problem I immediately ran into is…my personality. See, I’m kind of boring. I’m a quiet, introverted homebody who likes being a mom and a wife and spinning story-worlds. I’m quirky, and blunt, and my humor is this weird sarcasm that probably isn’t pleasant for most people to hear–not to mention that if I exercised that humor on the internet, I’d come off as a total jerk and would probably get in trouble because I said something at the wrong time.
All together it adds up to someone who is pretty socially awkward even over the internet…which I didn’t really think was possible. 😛 So I