This time last year I attended a Society of Authors in Scotland (SoAiS) conference, which was all about us writers developing a “social platform” and raising our author profiles, without which we’d apparently not be able to compete. So, I started this blog and joined google+ and Linkedin and set up a Twitter account. I also went back to using Facebook (though I’m not a big facebook user and after reading this article today, and this one via Women Writers, I’m even more suspicious of it …) and I recently started using Pinterest, which I find a whole heap more fun than Facebook 🙂 And the result of this fledgling project one year later?
The blog has gone from getting 20 unique visitors in its first month to 934 in January to 1786 unique visitors in August (and a quarter of million hits in the year so far). And at last count I had 635 followers on Twitter. Compared to the Stephen Frys of this world this may seem a piddly result but I’m pretty chuffed. We ordinary writers don’t have a lot of time to spend on developing our “social “platforms,” nor can we afford to pay someone to do it for us (yes, some people do that!). So, it’s a big thanks to everyone who visited the blog and onwards and upwards 🙂
(By the way, I’ve almost stopped using Linkedin or Google+. Does anyone out there like using them and if so, got any tips on how to make the best out of them?)
Has having a social platform raised my author profile? Certainly, The Blue Suitcase is still doing well and the new crime book, Food of Ghosts, is due out soon and there’s already a lot of interest in that, which is very exciting. I’m also doing “author” events and interviews all the stuff that is part a parcel of being a writer. Would these things be happening without my having a social platform? To be honest, I don’t know. But I’ve started now, so what the heck, I’ll do it for another year and see what happens ;o)