The Important Thing….

Some authors are quite focused on what other writer’s are doing wrong when engaging social media.  For instance, constantly speaking out against auto DM’s or other forms of messaging on Twitter.  I will say, for me personally, I always engage my readers the best I can.  I’ve met many awesome people through Twitter, and some were through auto DM’s.  In my experience, it’s a nice way to break the ice by telling my new follower a little something about me.  A lot of great conversations have started this way.
Here’s the thing.  The only people I’ve come across that actually have a huge issue with getting a welcoming DM from me is (drum roll please) a very small number of other authors.  That’s right.  Not the people I meet, engage with, share ideas with, or even fans of my work, but a select few authors who scoff at the way someone else is engaging their followers.  Is this necessary?  I can only imagine how much more writing they could be doing instead of making petty jabs.  What works for some doesn’t always work for others.  I don’t always have the time to thank every single person who interacts with retweets or favorites, we’re talking TONS of people, but I do try to do my best.
At the end of the day, it’s all about engaging my readers.  We live in an age where that’s possible, even if they are thousands of miles away, which is an amazing thing if you think about it.  The people I’ve met mean a lot to me.  Good folks, great writers and thinkers, and the community just keeps getting larger.  It’s exciting to see who I’ll meet next!  That’s the important thing. 


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8 thoughts on “The Important Thing….

  1. Interesting thoughts. I had written a post about not using auto DMs, but I definitely didn’t mean to target people specifically. It’s true what you say though, there can’t be one hard and fast rule for social media. What works for some people doesn’t work for all people. It’s great that you find success in auto DMs – I’m sure it has something to do with the content in them. I think most people (but I could be wrong) take issues with auto DM’s that are feel more spammy than genuine. DMs that thank a user for following is not something I take issue in.

    But I am curious, as you seem to have success with them – what do you have in your auto DMs? Maybe others can take a page from your book if they want to go that route!

    1. See – I have no issue with receive an auto DM like that. I think this highlights that ALL auto DMs aren’t the problem. Just the obnoxious spammy kind 🙂 (at least in my opinion)

  2. Nobody likes Spam. Despite what some people say, it does not taste like chicken. 😛
    Also, thank you so much for the comments! You are right, ALL auto DM’s aren’t the problem. You have a lovely website, btw.

      1. For the most part, I think you are good. It’s responsive – which really is the biggest thing. The only two things I see that have potential to change is to add a bit of color (even just one accent color) & maybe have your navigation in a bar when it’s in the desktop size (although this is something probably controlled by your theme – so likely would stay).

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