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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Social Networking... Should I or Shouldn't I?


Dave Amaditz

If you're like me, you've often wondered about the necessity of social networking, websites, twitter, Facebook, blogging, etc.. Obviously, if you're reading this, you're at the very least, blogging. Do you participate actively through comments or are you a passive follower, the kind that scopes out all of the up-to-date sites and soaks in all the information provided but prefers to remain anonymous? For a long while, I was a passive listener, and many times still am, as I wonder who would want to hear what I have to say.

Anyway, this past weekend, March 15-17, Route 19 writers enjoyed exciting master class sessions with Emma Dryden, http://www.drydenbks.com/ where she briefly discussed social networking. Check out the following link http://writerunboxed.com/2013/03/18/5-industry-trends-requiring-every-writers-attention/for a site she recommended, and after reading, decide for yourself the type of social networker you want to be and if you should get involved.

Also, if you're interested, and haven't yet heard of the following website, check out this link. As long as you're a writer, whether you're an active participant or a passive follower, this site should interest you.

Of course, the choice is yours. The least you should do, however, is to research your options thoroughly so you can make an informed decision.


  1. Thanks for the links. The most difficult part of social networking, for me, anyway, is carving out enough time for it all.

  2. True. Too much time on twitter and others means less time to write, which should be our priority. Shouldn't it?
    Good to hear from you, Cynthia.

  3. Dave, I am the same way - always ignoring the call to social networking (mostly out of my ignorance about how it works) since it seems like such a huge time commitment, and as Cynthia says, takes time away from writing. But after listening to Emma this past weekend, I think I might try one format - Facebook maybe? Honestly, we need a social networking support group!

  4. You're right, Andrea. It can be quite intimidating. Best advice, I think, is to take it slowly and don't do anything that makes you feel too uncomfortable. (Now, back again to writing.)