I’ve never considered myself to be shy, but truth be told, I’ve always been guarded. Guarded is a sort of fancy word for introverted. Introverted and shy, it turns out, are not the same creature. I’d never given much thought to either, until now. It’s not like I’m anti-social. But the social media aspect of being a writer, and soon to be published author, is daunting for people like me. It’s like throwing yourself into an oven and praying it’s only set at around 175 degrees. Because at 400–you will burn up. 400 is too hot, too social, too LOUD.
The social media aspect of this business forces us to be just that—social. It forces us to be everywhere. All The Time. Making contacts, creating a brand—-basically, establishing a business from the ground floor. A huge undertaking, especially when we are expected to be writing good books at the same time. When you aren’t an extrovert, it’s an even harder task. Thankfully, a lot of blog and twitter friends are extroverts and that makes it easier. They draw us introverts out once in a while.
I uploaded my fledgling Facebook page the other day (come over and LIKE me), and I swear it took all I had to push ‘publish’ and go live. I felt the same way with Twitter, an outlet that is going strong now, thankfully. My blog has been, surprisingly, the easiest branch of social media for me. Why? I’m all exposed here on the blog, how could that be easier? Writing is easy. Simple as that. Talking to 500 people on Twitter….different story. (Thank you for keeping me talking Twitter followers:)
I ran across an interesting article on NPR the other day.
Quiet, Please: Unleashing ‘The Power Of Introverts’ You can find the link here: NPR Books
Susan Cain has written a book on the subject.
The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
Check it out.
When I publish my novel later this year, I will likely hide for a few weeks, due to open and blatant exposure (Kidding. Sort of;)
Are you more comfortable in a crowded room talking to any and everyone? Or do one on one conversations interest you more?
February 2, 2012 | Categories: Author, Blogging, Publishing, Thoughts, Writing | Tags: Author, author brand, Blog, Branding, Extraversion and introversion, Facebook, laney mcmann, Publishing, Quiet Please, Self-publishing, Social media, Social Networking, Susan Cain, Twitter | 5 Comments