I’ve just been nominated by my good friend Carly Compass for the Very Inspiring Blog Award. Carly works hard, promoting her books, on nearly all the key social media platforms and I’m a great fan of hers. At first I was flattered, then excited and curious to discover if there was some sort of prize, recognition of my talent and of course some well deserved adulation. I made enquiries – well actually I clicked on the link and discovered the truth; it was an invitation to nominate seven more authors for the same award. Now I’m no expert but, if you want to win an award, would you increase the amount of competition? Worse still there are no prizes, no recognition and it’s doubtful if any adulation will follow so, what’s going on?
We’ve all had the chain emails, send this to seven mates and you will win a million pounds and send this to seven mates or something nasty will happen to you. I always delete them and, true to form, I deleted my nomination for the Very Inspiring Blog Award. As I did so, I started to think about my social media coverage which is beginning to look like this image, I borrowed from Facebook (That says it all really);-
I have a list of interesting tweeters which includes Rayne Hall, one of the doyennes of twitter. She’s a master of the twittersphere so I tweeted her, asking what other social media she uses. Her answer triggered a conversation which was revealing. Here is just one tweet from it;-
So that’s it then. It’s time to ditch most of the other social media, for now at least. Of course, if twitter croaks (pardon the pun) or changes significantly, I may have to think again and look for alternatives, without destroying my valuable writing time or, equally importantly, my life. Speaking of writing, I really should be writing the next chapter of A White Man’s War but it’s snowing outside and the sledge awaits. Who says, living on a mountain isn’t fun or grandpa can’t enjoy himself? Not me. See you later.