Ever since my father gave me that pink portable Smith Corona in high school, I’ve been a sucker for new technology. For Pete’s sake, I’m the crazy person who has to decide whether to pack her netbook or iPad or Kindle.
Enter the technology for social media marketing. And, for the first time I can remember, I find myself refusing to make the leap.
Don’t get me wrong. I have no qualms about social media. It’s a wonderful way to connect with family and friends. That’s why I have a Twitter account and a Facebook page.
My personal Facebook page was a no-brainer. I simply followed the example of my grown kids. And I’ve got no regrets. What a delight to instantly access and publicly comment on family and friends’ photos and postings. And thank you, Facebook, for making it so darned simple to connect with new friends and reconnect with old ones.
I’ve even purchased a URL, which waits patiently for the time when I might want to publish my own blog or website. TIP: Don’t wait too long to get your URL. When I went shopping for mine, the one I wanted, nancygardner.com, was taken!
But entering the brave new world of social media marketing is a different matter, even though I’m told that creating and publishing a Facebook Fan page is easy enough, and it’s free.
Why am I holding back? Because expending effort here would give me one more excuse to avoid the hard work of finishing my novel. So, for now, I choose to focus on driving a solid manuscript through to completion.
Don’t misunderstand. I’m not saying my choice is right for everyone. What’s your take on this brave new world?