Two years ago, I was a stupid writer who only wrote stories and refused to recognize the importance of my blog and social media in general. I have no time, or…I should be writing…It’s so impersonal…These are the common excuses.
My friend set up my Twitter Account (for a price). I was blogging on my own but sporadically, which didn’t make much of a difference except for my core supporters and family who would check in every once in a while.
When my good friend set up my Twitter account, he aimed to get me numbers. Not the kind of numbers I needed, but just followers.
Now, I see blogging and tweeting as fun and a value to my writing. I met some Amazing people on Twitter: A.M. Hounchell, who I am now writing a book with, Derek Murphy who I can’t stop watching on YouTube, Dave Chesson at Kindlepreneur, and A.Z. Anthony and Jo van Leerdam whose books I reviewed. Jo is sending me a signed poetry book from Australia! Among Many others…
I can pitch stories, do book reviews, and just talk about my two favorite activities, Reading and Writing.
It is such great practice as well and I can get a word count going and reach people in a meaningful way. Blogging has helped my writing because I am, well, writing more often and on various subjects. I can also talk about my work and pitch.
I can meet other indie authors too, buy their books, call for submissions, and just mingle with people who have the same goals. Some are further along, some are starting out like me.
Tweeting is fun too and has given me many exercises in marketing, micro poetry, books to read, memes to create, etc.
The problem was, I had too many people that I was following for no reason. This has given me less clout with my measly 2700+ followers (I thank you all) and has filled my news feed with so much stuff I don’t care about (politics) that it has been hard to decipher who I really want to interact with and re tweet.
I needed to take the plunge and do what several people have told me to do and use a Twitter Manager.
I first checked out Hootsuite because EVERYBODY says use Hootsuite. Too many features for me right now, and I would end up paying for features I would never use. I also checked out Meet Edgar, Post Planner, and Buffer.
For now, all I really want to do is manage Twitter and maybe Facebook, and be able to connect my blog.
So, I set upon the YouTube journey of discovery…
I watched the following videos in this order:
This video is long and he does repeat himself so I suggest you use the time markers in the description in order to jump to the info you want.
You can try ManageFlitter for free without any effort (no forms or whatever) which I was pleasantly surprised about.
I started hacking at inactive followers right away. I then scheduled some Tweets which was a cool feeling since I do it haphazard or on the fly. I also found the best times to tweet out my info. I then connected my blog which would allow me to schedule tweets from my RSS feed, awesome.
A few months ago, I saw this as impersonal. Now, I realize that what I was doing was impersonal. I can engage with the people I actually want to.
I upgraded to a Pro account which is 12.99 for now, the other option is 49.99 with all the bells and whistles. You can also use Facebook and LinkedIn profiles with ManageFlitter.
What I wanted to achieve is three things:
- Unfollow in large quantities (ManageFlitter has many options for this, even large accounts).
- Find Out When the best time to schedule posts and do just that.
- Be able to Follow people I want to interact with and find them in an easy way (ManageFlitter makes it just as easy to follow in large amounts as unfollow).
More about this later, but I thought it was at least important to let you know how I spent my Sunday afternoon.
I am going to be checking out more of Jerry Banfield, his website and videos. He really has a lot to offer and I appreciate the info. I have queued up his video on SEO that I can’t wait to watch:
Stay Classy Authors and Poets.
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