3 Social Media Essentials for Writers

Social Media for Writers

Social Media plays a key role in serving information and self-promotion. Writers usually are pretty non-tech folks with high need of exposure to social media in order to reach out to the readers. Fortunately, it is possible to get hold on this without much knowledge of the technicalities.

So now, we will try to get maximum benefit of social media spending minimal chips.

1. Start a Blog

Since you are a writer, it’s high time you should start your own blog. The easiest way to do it is to signup with Blogger or WordPress.

You could signup on WordPress.com and start with own blog http://BLOGNAME.wordpress.com . Maybe the very first thing you’d want to do with your blog is to get a decent theme. There are thousands of free themes available on web that you can use to give your blog a bit interesting look and feel.

Now, start adding content starting with an ‘About me’ page followed by your priceless words. And read your readers’ comments and reply to them, forming a personal bonding unlike the printed mags. Try to make at least one post in a week and see how people react to it.

Price: $0

Now when you think you’re more serious with your site, you could buy a domain name and move to self-hosted wordpress from http://wordpress.org for more customisability with rich plugin support and also, there are lot of good free wordpress themes available to use , or you can get someone to design and develop your own theme for the exclusivity of yours which, however, costs a little more.

Domain: $2 – $15 / year

Hosting : $20 – $100 / year

WordPress CMS: $0

Theme design/development: $300 – $700 (or more)

2. Social Network

Now that you have your own website to showcase your work and words. It’s time to publicise and let your readers acknowledge your web presence. So, the next thing you should do is signup on social networking sites like Twitter , Instagram and Facebook. And start interacting with your readers and let them discover you as a person and form a good string of interaction.

See, blogs are like … your stories or poems … but status update is like sharing your small yet significant thoughts which essentially important for social media interaction.

Also, share your blog posts on your network profiles because they reach out to people in a more efficient manner than readers visiting your site for new content or having subscribed to RSS.

Cost: $0

3. Emails

Do take your emails seriously. The first thing you should do is get yourself a meaningful email address which is easy to remember at the same time. Don’t create anything like [email protected] or [email protected] — it leaves a bad impressions and makes you look less professional.

No one bites you for using your own name as your email address. And do make a habit of checking and replying your mails daily. If you have a top level domain name and your own server, Use your very own email address like [email protected] or [email protected] .

You might wanna use Google Apps not only because if gives you a gmail-like mail interface which you are familiar with making navigating through the inbox easier. But also since it is hosted on your Google server and it is most unlikely thing to go down. Even IF your own server is down for a while maybe for maintenance or something. Or you choose to change your server, your emails remain working and accessible in one place.

As well as this, you can use all the features like Google Docs. GTalk etc with hassling with set ups, interrupting your creativity and flow of thinking.

Cost: $0 (up to 10 accounts and educations purpose)

I have put together the three fundamental and most effective way to curve your foot prints in the world of social media. There are thousands of ways to utilise it more but since technology is not your top-most priority. I have stated the easiest and fastest way to get started.

Remember, people don’t visit websites to read designs or technology; they visit for its content. If you are creative enough and build up the least form of bonding with you readers. It will open up a limitless horizon across the world.

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