Saturday, March 27, 2010

What is this "social networking" you speak of?

So I started this blog a long time ago after attending a conference - I think it might been the WFC in Austin - where authors recommended keeping an active blog, because it was the easiest way to have changing content and would attract readers back to your website. So I decided to give it a try.

I didn't really expect to have a readership: my thoughts were to show activity for anyone who stumbled by. I confess, I hadn't really thought about networking ... I was content to have my little corner of busy-bee-ness. Last year, as my New Year's resolution (sort of), I started my Thursday Thoughts series of commentary.

Recently, I started getting more regular comments on my blog (hi, Aubrie!) and connected with someone I'd known from Pern fandom well over a decade ago (hi, Phoebe!). Then I picked up more followers (hi, folks!) ... and responding to their comments and commenting on their posts is becoming a fun new habit.

I have a very small number of followers compared to most, but all of a sudden I have my toe in this blog social water, and it's way more fun than I expected. Lots of the folks I'm following have great, thoughtful posts and entertaining discussions. And I'm getting fairly regular responses to my own content.

To me? Y'all will laugh, but it feels a little like the Twilight Zone. (The original, not the one with sparkly vampires.) I'm a hermit, and I never expected folks to notice my little nook out here. That said, you're all welcome: pull up a chair, sit down, and try not to make too much fun of my ruddy terrible social skills. ;-)


Aubrie said...

I'm glad to be your writer friend :) (and music friend as well.)

Unknown said...

I'm like you! I had no idea a world of writers was at my fingertips when I began blogging in January. I'm blown away by the generosity of the blogger community and I'm so glad to have met so many inspirational people. I agree, it's a lot of fun and educational too.

Have a great weekend!

Lindsey Duncan said...

I'm happy we met, Aubrie. :-)

It took me quite a bit longer than that ... but it's great to find.

Have a good weekend, both!

Christi Goddard said...

I agree. I've found some of the most awesome people since I started blogging a couple of months ago.

sarahjayne smythe said...

I'm just like you. I never expected to find this wonderful world of writers who blogged that might want to hang out online with me. It's an amazing and humbling thing. I've met wonderful people, with talent and grace and generousity who inspire me on a regular basis. I'm beyond grateful for that. :)

Lindsey Duncan said...

There are indeed awesome folks out there.

And this came just at the right time for me, so doubly grateful for that.