One of my biggest failings last year was my complete lack of any real networking. I mean I didn’t just fail, I failed in spectacular style, and as a result things suffered. Sales of my books fell away, and my blog stats took a nose dive. I hold my hands up and admit, I am to blame.
I am not a naturally social person. When doing things for work, I can be the life and soul of the building, but once it becomes a social engagement I shy away, retreat to the safety of my words. What it took me a long time to realize is that online, this doesn’t need to be the case, Networking through cyberspace is a much less daunting prospect. In fact, it is easy. Well, it is easy for me at the moment, because I am starting at the beginning again, but you get the message I am trying to make.
I have already been more involved on Facebook. Participating in more ‘discussions’ than just posting random images and things of myself. This has already seen me make some new and interesting friends this year, and not to mention that it has resulted in several very interesting conversations.
The other way I want to improve my networking and make myself more visible is through the blog, as I said before. However, what I have never really done – and yes, shame on me – is involve myself on other blogs. Not just guest posts and takeovers, which I am hoping to looking into more and more as the year, and my network grows, but I mean merely in the form of reading and commenting on other people’s blogs.
Reading other blogs is not enough. You need to get out there and comment on them, reply to others and really get yourself into the mix. Just the other day, I found myself involved in a fascinating discussion on a blog about female villains in fiction, or rathert he lack thereof. I shared the post, but you can read the original one here. Not only was it fun, but it gained me a couple of new followers, gave me a new blog or two to follow, and also filled my head with some nice story ideas. Wins all around.
It is very interesting, being able to sit here, look back at the things I did in 2014 – and before – and see exactly where I went wrong. It is only early in the year, but I have a feeling that I am going to be learning a lot, and for the first time in a long time, I am really excited by the prospect of it all.
Thanks for reading.