[Armchair BEA] Day 2: Social Media

Social Media
How do you use social media to expand your blogging/writing horizons?  Social Media is all about networking and connections, and utilizing today’s technology to the fullest.  Make sure you mention your own social media pages. Do you have another blog, maybe a Tumblr? Have a Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook? Or maybe there’s an underrated social media program that you like.

Wow, where to begin? The interwebs has become a lifeline to me, although that sounds pretty terrible. In the blogosphere, however, it is extremely important to use social media. Because dude, where else are you going to rant, rave, and yell (type) your thoughts out? 

I’m not exactly sure where to go with this prompt, so I’m just going to type whatever comes in my mind.

Let’s rewind six hundred years back, when Gutenberg just created the first printing press. The impact it made was so enormous that it’s literally the first thing we learn about in history class today. How else was the Protestant Revolution able to affect the church so much? This way, the same information can be distributed to people around the country. Humanity is one step closer to a more integrated society where people can hear thoughts from thousands of miles away. But seriously, it would have been so much easier to just email a copy of 95 Theses to everyone.

Okay so bring that to three hundred years back, where our Founding Fathers wrote up the US Constitution after months of labor on what to write in it. You know what would have made that easy? Using a Google doc for suggestions and editing. 

Finally, the advertisement of books through social media has allowed people to broaden their horizons. My homeboy Poe may not have been so popular during his time, but a click of a retweet button could have made more people aware of his works.

Although I can’t understand Luddites, I certainly respect their decision to not use machinery or technology (ya know, whatever’s groovy for them). However, I believe it is integral to the book market today. Readers can connect with authors, editors, and publishers to get a clue on what goes on beyond the books. Readers can connect with other readers and discuss the things they love and hate and everything in between.
In the end, it all comes down to reading and sharing the things you like. Who are we to take away this happiness from people?

So what do you think about technology? I think I’m in the majority for this topic, but if you’re not cool with social media, then I’d love to hear why! 

Ah yes! Links to my own social media sites for blogging:

Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr | BlogLovin’ (I’m not even sure how to use this?) | Pinterest (laughs because I don’t use this at all)

9 thoughts on “[Armchair BEA] Day 2: Social Media

  1. I love the ideas you put out here! I also waver between being a Luddite and a social media guru. If only Poe had Twitter! Well, maybe. You could posit the question would he still have been *Poe* if his tools were different? As I wrote in my post, I had to find a balance when suing something so pervasive as Twitter. Sorting through the noise to find the things are genuinely meaningful to you is key — and not always easy.
    Happy ABEA.

    1. Thanks! And that is a VERY good question (the Poe one), as technology has shaped so many people today and Poe’s legacy may not have even amounted to something if we had technology at the time. I agree, though the rewards of finding a true gem is always worth it!

  2. Love the angle of this post. Social media has shaped the way that we now do a lot of things, but marketing has to be the most prominent. I have read some amazing books that are published by bigger houses that don’t sell well because of the lack of social media attention, and at the same time, the reverse is true, lousy books getting all the action because of outstanding social media marketing.

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