Thursday Thoughts is a weekly discussion meme hosted by Ashley of Ok, Let’s Read. I really like her prompts and have been doing these posts almost every week this summer – do go and check the other bloggers’ links on her site, they always put up some fresh and interesting stuff!
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This week’s topic is the power of social media. And while I find the wording to be somewhat ominous-sounding, I agree that this is a really important aspect – both in the book blogging community and in our private lives.
I’ve never had a Facebook account. The reason for this was quite silly at first – *everybody* (and their grandma) had it and I just didn’t feel like doing what everyone was doing at the moment. My husband (then boyfriend) luckily shared this opinion so I never felt the need to connect with my friends in that manner – instead, I trained them all to send me text messages or e-mails when they wanted something from me.
I’ve never had an Instagram account. The reason for this one is more practical: my Samsung phone is 4.5 years old, has an abysmal camera and no wi-fi option, so it’s quite impossible for me to use Instagram. I mean, I do have a new Nexus tablet but it’s not something I lug around in my purse every day. I’m actually pretty sure I’ll set up an account once I get a new phone, but it might not be for a while because I hate throwing away perfectly good things (and the phone’s still going strong, the battery lasts for a week…).
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I really, really like Pinterest. I think it might be my favourite site – but it’s not really social, is it? So I wouldn’t say it helps me with my blog in any way, but I love it because it’s a place where I can look at and collect beautiful pictures of beautiful things, people and places. And sometimes I really need to look at pretty things at the end of the day.
I’d say Twitter is the most useful tool for book bloggers. It’s concise, fast-paced and easy to use. I still only have some 30 followers and I follow a little less than 90 accounts, but I feel like it’s doing its job for now. I’m sure there are ways to squeeze more out of it (scheduling tweets so the largest number of users is online etc.), but I’m not quite there yet. :)
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As for authors on Twitter… I still get all giddy when an author favourites or retweets something I’ve posted. I don’t know if other, more experienced bloggers still get a rush out of this and rationally, I *know* authors are just normal people, but they feel like something more and this makes their attention worth so much more. Those tweets also get the most views (according to my stats) and sometimes get retweeted or favourited by people who aren’t my followers, so I’d say an author’s notice is definitely worth a lot!
I have a batch of favourite authors, as we all do, but I don’t follow all of them on Twitter. Some of them just post too often for my taste – I’m not exactly sure what constitutes a “too much” on Twitter, but if I’m annoyed by them, I won’t follow, no matter how much I love their books (same goes for other celebrities and also bloggers of all sorts).
Here’s a list of my favourites, though, they are moderate, fun tweeters and I like that they keep their tweets informative, appropriate and interesting!
- Scott Lynch – I’d read his grocery lists to be honest, so following him on Twitter doesn’t seem like such a chore :) I love his cat tweets, as well.
- Patrick Rothfuss – he can be grumpy at times but I like his beard.
- Laini Taylor – has awesome tweets, retweets fan art (so cool) and posts pics from her travels!
- Karen Hawkins – her tweets are really funny + she posts pictures of men in kilts (she writes Scotland-inspired historical romance). I don’t think we need another reason for following her, do we?
- Samantha Shannon – I love that her tweets are always engaged, she shares writing tips, fan art and is a really young author that I respect.
- Victoria Schwab – ditto. She’s also just moved to Edinburgh for her studies, so I’m excited to follow her journey there.
- Sarah MacLean – While I’m not sure this is her true name, she posts cool things and breaks the stereotypes for what people ususally think about romance novelists.
- Robin Hobb – well, she’s awesome. She’s this kind-hearted lady with a kick-ass attitude and writing. Can’t go wrong by following her, I can tell you.
- Susan Dennard – I like that she’s young and ambitious and posts cool writing tips.
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Do you have any favourite authors to follow? I’d love to hear some good recommendations!
Do you have any suggestions for making a better use of the social media?
Do you have a separate personal account – apart from the one you use for your blog?