It’s been an interesting week for me, to say the least. After more than two years of being virtually non-existent as a writer, I’ve started to come back online with my work goals firmly in place. One of the things I’ve been doing behind the scenes is studying, a lot! The craft of writing is an art, despite the vast multitude of people who think it’s only words on a page. I know this because I used to be one of the people who always said it wasn’t a special talent, just something I did – putting words on a page. Time has taught me it is so much more than that, and I want to do it right, and do it well again.
Over the past few days one of my “goals” has been to streamline my social media. Back in 2006 or so when I created my Facebook page and my Twitter account, and all that good stuff, it was all so new and exciting… so many people wanted to be friends or follow me, etc. I thought it was wonderful. Time has taught me some lessons there, too, of course. So, the past few days have begun a change in how I do my social media presence, too. I tackled Twitter first, because I’ve loved Twitter much more than Facebook over the years, but I could no longer pull a live conversation out of the light-speed streams via my Tweetdeck. I’ve talked to some pretty awesome people via Twitter over the years, and I wanted to get back to that, to a slower stream filled with people I really wanted to “tweet” to and hear from. With that in mind, I began cleaning house, and my list of following went from 2700+ to less than 300 after several hours of sitting here and looking over all the accounts I was linked to. Now my Twitter stream is readable again, and I’m able to actually speak to people and see what they’re saying in return – what a concept!
Today, I started the Facebook clean up, and that one is going to take a number of days to complete. No one has 4900+ friends, so it’s time to be realistic. I’m working on moving the business of writing to my business page, so please do feel free to connect there, I’ll be using it a lot more than I used to!! (Denysé Bridger, Author) My personal profile is being left for people I actual know or talk to for the most part. My first day has already decreased the list by 800, and tomorrow is another day.
I know some people will see this as me shooting myself in the foot, and they may be right, but in truth, I need to start separating work and personal. Too much of my life and struggles have become public property, and I’ve reached the point where I want my books to speak for themselves. I don’t want to have to beat people on the head and beg them to buy books. I have a huge presence, but it’s never resulted in people buying my books anyway, so really, there’s not much to lose at this stage.
Apart from this change of approach to social media, I’ve taken a new approach to my books, too. No more writing what I think will sell, or stuff that I really don’t like on any level myself. It’s time to go back to the beginning and start fresh. The books that are in the works are novels, good ones!! My forté was always romantic suspense, or mainstream romances, and that’s what I’m doing again. Exciting, sensual romance with edge… I hope you’ll continue to walk with me on the journey – I have a strong feeling the best is still in front of us, my friends!!
May your days be Blessed, and your hearts smiling… today and always! With my gratitude for your friendship and support... A new era begins….