I retired this spring and have more time on my hands than I used to. I’ve been writing for about five years with some success. I have three published novels and a short story coming out in the fall included in an anthology with some uber talented writers. I guess you can say I will have four books after that. That success is nothing to sneeze at.
However, I still struggle with social media. I’ve learned. My great friend and author Lucie Smoker helped me build a website on WordPress. Don’t blame her if it looks a little amateurish. I have a Facebook page and an author page on Facebook. I have a Pinterest account, Twitter account, an author page on Amazon, and Goodreads. They are all linked to each other and the website. I’m learning all the time. I’ve got to say that social media should come naturally to me at this stage in the game but I still struggle.
Lately, I have been working on Twitter. I post, I have followers, but I have trouble engaging in twitter conversations. I don’t know who to read and talk to. I know my grandson would slap his hand over his eyes in frustration if he heard me say that, but he doesn’t read my blog anyway.
I believe it is a generational thing. No, I don’t believe you can’t teach old dogs new tricks. It depends upon the dog and how much he is willing to learn. I am willing. But some days, I just don’t get it.
Yesterday I was given a list of books to read on the subject. I downloaded them to my Kindle. I plan to begin reading them and plowing back into the “Author’s Guide to Social Media Marketing” I was given when I joined Oghma. This will not beat me. I will learn and I will teach others! Onward and upward, damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead! But first, I will put out my Sunday blog (or rant). I hope you read it and I hope you respond. I can’t be the only one out there that feels like all of this is alien. I am writer, hear me roar.