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Happy Monday!

I have a few tricks up my sleeve this week. Or rather, these guys have some nifty tricks up theirs.

 

 

Mirth and Music Monday is a weekly blog hop to help cheer up your return to the daily grind. Click on the cute blue froggy to the right to find more procrastination fodder fun or join in. Joining is easy. Find something funny and something musical to post of your blog (they can be the same video) and link up. My thanks to Rose D’Andrea for being an awesome MMM hostess!

#ROW80 Check-In 05-22-16

ROW80LogocopySooo… depression stinks. I’m sure you all know this. In my case, it doesn’t necessarily come with feelings of sadness. I can have all the symptoms but that one, all the desire to be isolated, all the inability to prioritize and get from A to B, but because I’m not aware of feeling depressed, it can take me weeks or months to recognize what’s happening. Having the goal list and a clear visual representation of what’s not happening helped me catch it within the weeks range this time, so thanks ROW-80 and all you encouraging folks for being here.

This week, I took on 4 hours of volunteer work per week. Today, I took my younger kiddos out to a Wii club for special needs kids, met a talkative young man who’s just a couple months younger than Reader, got the number of a young lady to set up a bike riding date for her and Reader, and as I write this, the new boys in the neighborhood, who instantly decided my kids were going to be their bestest buddies ever, apparently, are invading my home to ogle our sharks even though the house is NOWHERE near my clean-enough threshold.

I didn’t make much progress on my official goals, besides the having people over one (see above) except for the scheduled blog posts, which I technically reached in the first week of the month or so. I did make a big chunk of progress on my sandbox writing project, Queen of Bears (Arvid). Probably because it’s a no-pressure project, whereas everything else currently has varying degrees of pressure attached.

Anyhoo, the visit from the new boys just pushed me into frazzled-zone, so I think I’m gonna wrap this up now. I’m not even going to pretend to edit. Wednesday, I’ll have my colored-coded list up again, and hopefully there will be something to show.

Many thanks to Kait Nolan for hosting ROW-80, Shan Jeniah Burton for encouraging me to join in, and to all the sponsors who help us along the way. To join, visit this page for details.

Positive is not always easy, but it's necessary.

Positive is not always easy, but it’s necessary.

I’m a weirdo, I know. I don’t say that in the “It’s so cool to be weird” sense. It’s more like a survival skill.

As a weirdo, I naturally have some quirks. One of them dictates indie authors should be on Twitter.

Why Twitter?

So glad you asked!

Twitter_escultura_de_areiaTwitter makes it easy to promote someone’s good work. I have this list, you see, of indie authors I’ve read. Now and again, I go check the list, see what everyone is up to, maybe interact a little, and retweet a few things. Easy peasy. No long reviews. No deceptive little stars that mean one thing to one person and another to another. In 10 seconds, I can share something I enjoy with my 2000+ followers. With another 5 seconds, I can add a little, “loved this book” to it. Review and promo in 2 clicks.

Please don’t get me wrong. I do NOT want an endless loop of “buy my book,” “here’s what so-and-so said about my book,” “I’m a best seller,” and so on. Trust me. You only need about 1 in 10 of your posts to be of the promo variety. People stop paying attention, at best, if you shove your products in their faces. Think about those little perfume carts in the mall. You wouldn’t appreciate it if the salesperson sprayed cologne at you as you walked past. That’s what endless promo tweets feel like.

Okay. Nothing weird about that.

Here’s the extension of that quirk: I will not do the same thing on Facebook.

Facebook, my timeline, that is, is a quiet sanctuary of Autism awareness, Alaska pictures, and happy things I find, with very few exceptions. If you want to be promoted there, you have to be someone I’ve interacted with many times. Better yet, you should be an actual friend. Not Facebook “friend.” Friend. At the very least, I need to have been one of your beta readers.

Pictofigo-Twitter-iconThe other thing about Facebook is, I don’t see everything. It has this notorious algorithm, I’m sure you’ve heard of it, that picks and chooses what I see based on my likes, comments, posts, and hides. This works to my advantage most of the time. Tired of political posts? Hide every one you come across and after a week or so, you’ll see fewer. The downside is, it also picks what pages to show me when. I get little rashes of one page or another. One week, it’ll be mostly Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid, another it’ll be The Alaska Life. These folks, and a few other pages I follow, post like mad, which doesn’t leave a lot of room for indie authors trying not to spam people. Yes, there’s the pages feed, but I don’t bother with it often. I’m more interested in what my friends are posting.

Of course, Facebook doesn’t show me everything my friends post, either.

Twitter shows every post.

In my home feed, individuals can be invisible. That guy who posts 20 times an hour is going to drown out the less social media happy folks. Which is why I have a separate list for indies I’ve actually read. I know exactly where to find all their tweets.

Sadly, this list only has 24 members in it. I assure you, I’ve read more indies than that.

It really doesn’t take much. 1 tweet a day will do it. If every 10 days, 1 of those happens to be your promo day, I’ll find it, and maybe share it.

 

This post brought to you by a moment of minor irritation.

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