Social Networking for Writers

I recently decided to make the most insane decision ever.

I gave up Twitter and Facebook for Lent.

*taking a deep breath and wiping sweat from my brow*

When I told my husband he had an interesting reaction. He said, “Aren’t you just going to be hurting your platform by doing that instead of helping?”

To which I said, “I don’t think so. I’ll still be blogging.”

Bu then I sat back and thought about all the tweeting I do with agents and other authors and began to wonder, am I hurting myself more than helping?

Well regardless the choice has been made and I intend to stick with it.

Do you think taking a break from social networking would hinder your career as a writer? Would you be able to give it up for a full 40 days and 40 nights?

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Marybeth Smith
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Marybeth is an aspiring novelist currently working on her second novel. For more information visit her website She also has a blog Desperately Searching for my Inner Mary Poppins where you can keep up on her moments as mother, wife and writer..

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It depends. I don’t really get much networking done on facebook as I do twitter…at the same time, twitter can distract me from writing, which is the most important thing. I think moderation is a good option. Limit yourself to a minimal time on one site for the sake of maintaing platform, but give up all the fun stuff, like clicking on funny links or talking to a friend about stuff that’s not literature-related.
.-= Annarkie´s last blog ..Another Blog Award! =-.


I do not twitter and I only use facebook occasionally, mostly to keep in touch with my grandchildren and a few friends.

But I do have two blogs which I upkeep on a regular basis, a myspace site which I use occasionally, an author website and one called Ask Gran Hobson. (Not that many folk wish to ask anything, but it was sparked off by a young man in India who wanted answers to serious questions to do with Empire and exploitation.) I also have pages on various ning sites and a publishing website.
I visit blogs and leave comments too.
I write short stories occasionally. My last novel is being published in a few months, but no serious writing is taking place. Lent has nothing to do with it.
I lack enthusiasm. Will I ever be inspired to write another full length novel? I doubt it. But… maybe a resurrection of inspiration will happen one day?
.-= Gladys Hobson´s last blog ..Writing Good Dialogue. =-.


No I think its just fine giving it up for Lent… fact you will have more time to do more stuff that you never had time for….Ive given up social networking for good…. my blog is once a week…. learning self-control haha


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