Spreading yourself too thin
Right before my book came out I struggled on how I could get my name out there. I kept searching for ways to get more traffic to my blog and my website. It was so mind boggling that I didn’t know where to start. So I asked the groups I was part of and I received some great information. Here are some of the suggestions I received.
Join a writers group.
Set up a face book page.
Brighten up your blog and your website
Join author groups on Yahoo.
Volunteer with groups to do reviews, radio host spots.
Get on LinkedIn and pintrest.
I could go on but you get the point. I made up a list and decided that since I didn’t have a presence online that I would just jump in and join everything I could get a hold of.
At first it was great. I had over 20 groups I was a part of. My blog and website got new colors and backgrounds, I joined every social media site I could find and I joined a book review group for a few magazines. Oh and I also signed up to host a radio show twice a month.
Can you say information overload.
My e-mail inbox exploded. I was getting over 500 a day. Hitting all the social network sites was taking me forever to get through and reading four books a month, to stay on top of my reviews, had my list of books I wanted to read go untouched.
Well I was to a point where I was chasing myself all over the internet to just keep up.
Then I was hacked. Now I’m not endorsing this activity but it actually made me step back and get everything back into perspective.
Before I was hacked I was behind in posts, missed blog entries that I was signed up for, and was overwhelmed. I didn’t want to stop anything I was doing because I felt it was important, and thought it really helped me. So I worked through my lunch hour and into the late night hours to stay on top of everything
Well once hacked everything disappeared, literally. The hacker got into my e-mail two months ago, hid dormant every time I thought I had it licked then last week crashed my hard drive. I lost all my contacts, group information and calendar, for the second time.
I had no choice but to sit back and wait for it to be repaired, using my phone to stay in touch.
With all that said, I soon realized I forgot why I was doing all of this. I wanted to get my name out there so people would get to know me, and purchase what I write. But with all my social sites and groups I found myself with no time to write.
So I am back at square one. I got my computer back on Monday and I am going to step back from a lot of my extra activates and do what I fell in love with over a year ago, writing.
So remember when you are thinking of ways to get yourself noticed do the one thing a few publishers told me to do in the first place, write your next book, people will notice.
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