Thursday, 5 December 2013

Social Media Confuses Me



Hey all,

It’s been a lot of the same since the last time I made a post. I’ve been writing, hanging out, going to the gym, and then writing some more. That’s pretty much my entire life at this point—it works, I suppose. Anyways I decided that I really did like that alternate end bit to Dreamstate II and just put it into the book. I can work around what I’ve done in the later stories, and in ways that might just be better than what I had in the first place. I always like when authors do something that I don’t expect—it adds excitement and adventure to the book. Everyone loves excitement and adventure.

So, for a good chunk of this afternoon I sat around having no idea what I was going to write about in this post. Most of that time I was at the gym, resting between picking up heavy things. It was only just about twenty minutes ago that I figured out my topic, as you can clearly read in the title above. Social media—it’s interesting but super confusing.

Take my twitter account for instance. Half the time I ignore it and throw out maybe one blog announcement a week, and the numbers pretty much hover right where they are. I can also have a super twittery week where I tweet constantly—and the numbers will pretty much stay the same. Then there have been times where I do nothing and the numbers shoot up, then tank, and then shoot up again. I have no idea why people subscribe and then ditch me or randomly drop out after a few months. Being semi-consistent and ever so slightly amusing seems to be the best way to get people to stick around (outside of already being super famous).

I know some people tend to spam stuff constantly (Facebook accounts are notorious for this). Every couple hours the person throws out some quote, or meme-ish picture, or whatever. I don’t know if this really works, because I can’t bring myself to do it. It might just be me projecting my hate at people that clutter up my internet feeds with garbage, but I can’t deal with it. I assume that some people do like the constant barrage of whatever, because a lot of people do it, but while my numbers don’t grow all that fast, people tend to stay and look at things that I do deem worthy of posting. I suppose it’s a trade-off of quality over quantity. I’d personally rather have people stick around because they like my writing rather than the junk I post. But that’s Facebook, which I tend to ignore a lot more than my twitter.

So yeah, social media—it’s there, it’s confusing, and I hope one day I’ll figure out how to abuse it without abusing the people that follow me.

-Trevor

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