When I lost my job in 2010, I decided there would not be a better time to embark on my next journey. I immediately started my first manuscript, a story I’ve dreamed of telling since college. The writing came naturally, but then I started to ask myself – what’s next?
In November, I registered to attend DFWcon, and hoped to answer just that. My friends had always laughed at my refusal to set up a Facebook account, and one friend harped on me for years that I needed to blog. So, I faced my fears, and walked into a Branding and Social Media Introduction class led by Kristen Lamb.
At the conference, I heard over and over again that social media leads the way, and helps aspiring authors build their community & platform. If people like you, they’re more inclined to buy your novel. Isn’t that what all writers want?
So I bit — I took a big bite for me — I enrolled in Kristen Lamb’s online workshop. For thirty days, she provided her FabOoolous insight and held my hand as I took baby steps into social media. And I mean baby steps. I think they may have coined the saying, “there’s no such thing as a stupid question,” for me; to make me feel better. At the end of the first month, I started panicking. I wasn’t ready to go out on my own! Kristen proved herself even more FabOoolous when she extended the workshop for another thirty days. Whew! That was music to my ears!
Now, thirty-six days in, I have tweeted, blogged, and Facebooked. I have officially joined the 21st century.
Kristen Lamb knows what she’s talking about.
Facebook is one thing; I found most of my old elementary, high school, and college friends, and have built my community around them. And you know what? I should have joined years ago. I’m having a blast catching up with everyone!
But Twitter? Day one, I had two followers. Two weeks later, I am just shy of 200! I have met hundreds of writers who are just like me. What a relief, I am not alone! I love reading their posts, and have found so many useful tips by simply following the writing community on Twitter.
And the blog – I was probably the most nervous about blogging. I’m not an expert in anything, so what do I blog about? Kristen recommended that I reach out to friends and family and build a list of 100 words that described me: my very own spaghetti sauce ingredients. What a fun exercise! The word that most of my dearest replied with was opinionated. I have to laugh, there’s no surprise there! With my list, I built my platform.
My Platform = My Opinion
Week one, I had over 470 visits to my blog. To me, that is amazing! And now, I’m blogging two posts a week:
Tiffany’s Tele-Tuesday – where I give my opinion based on my addiction to television
Friday FabOoolousness – where I give my opinion based on all other things fabOoolous (authors, books, movies, sports, etc.)
I didn’t know Kristen Lamb in February, but today I have the honor of saying I do.
Kristen, you are absOoolutely FabOoolous!
Kristen, you are my social media guru!
I highly recommend everyone check out Kristen’s FabOoolous blog, her FabOoolous website, & buy a copy of her FabOoolous bestselling book, We Are Not Alone – The Writer’s Guide to Social Media.
Who is your guru? Who has helped you achieve a goal? I’d love to hear from you!
Check back next Friday for a FabOoolous Scream edition!