Missing the Organising Organ

Monday. I have had a great weekend and now I have work to do. Primarily, of course, I need to get writing, but now that I’m starting to get noticed, I feel like it’s even more important that my online presence is on point.

Facebook is my friend. I’ve found some great writer groups and had some excellent conversations. I still don’t know how to get the most out of Twitter, and I haven’t even looked at LinkedIn lately, but my nemesis is Google Plus. It doesn’t help that I have two active Gmail addresses.

It doesn’t help that I have two active Gmail addresses. One from when I was living in the US (copeland.tony@gmail.com) and my new UK-based email that I would prefer to receive all my writer correspondence through (antonym.copeland@gmail.com). Both accounts on Google Plus are in dire need of an update and some TLC.

I’d prefer to close my old account down completely to avoid confusion, but my WordPress account is registered to it. All my email notifications regarding this website, Games and Geekery, and any of the pages I follow still go to the old one. So I can’t get rid of it yet.

For some reason I don’t quite understand, despite the fact that the RPG sourcebook project has my new e-mail address, I received the Google Hangouts invitation for the last meeting via the old one. It’s particularly confusing because they also have me in their Google Plus Community under the new profile, as well as sending emails to the correct address.

In addition to that, I’m falling behind on Patreon.com, Wattpad.com, and Inkshares.com. Whenever I sit down to do it I become frustrated. I know it’ll take time and experience to get each of these up to date and professional looking, but I also know that it will all be pointless unless I also keep writing to provide content for each site.

I think, for now, I shall just have to leave it all a disorganized mess until I have the time and motivation to sort through it all and figure out what needs doing. In the meantime, I have a Science-Fantasy short story to write based on “The War On Magic” that I hope to submit to The Writers Of The Future when it’s done. I also have to draft 5,000 – 10,000 words for the RPG sourcebook project, and also continue writing Hermes925.

I have plenty to do without having to worry about my online image, and yet I still do. Maybe I need an intern or something to do all the social media and website curation for me? Someone who can understand html and enjoys playing around with it, who can handle all my marketing and media, so I can just write.

What are your thoughts on this?

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Making Friends

I’ve been rediscovering the practical networking applications of Twitter. For a long time, I’ve been avoiding it because I get sucked in. I’ll browse through the newest tweets, scrolling through the nonsense to try and find something worth reading, knowing that there might be gold if I just keep looking. The entire time I can see the new Tweets counters going up. Brand new tweets vying for my attention.

I keep scrolling until the temptation of the new overcomes my need to thoroughly check the old ones, then start back at the top. I hate myself a little for giving up my search but begin scrolling through the new tweets hoping that it was worth it. Sometimes I find something worth sharing or writing an article about, but most of the time I’m just scrolling, searching, until the new tweets call me once more.

I know I need to clean up my feed a bit and unfollow the accounts that I skip over, but while I’m doing that I might miss something that would make the hunt worth it. When I originally opened the account I was trying to jump on the ‘social media marketing guru’ bandwagon. It seemed like my employer at the time, as well as most other businesses, were under-utilising and misusing social media. I thought I could make an impression at the company by devising an effective strategy.

Not only did my suggestions fall on deaf ears, but my attempts to use my own ‘expertise’ to market my home business (a now defunct tarot-reading service) fell flat. It didn’t help that the more I networked within the company, the less I liked the people I was working with. I read countless books on networking, negotiating, social media, self-motivation, leadership and entrepreneurship to try and make it happen, but the entire process made me feel dishonest.

I kept it up as long as I could stomach it though because I wanted to make more money, repair the roof on my house, and perhaps prove to my (now ex-)wife that I wasn’t actually worthless. I also really liked the idea or writing my own book on the subject. It occurred to me even then that I didn’t actually need to be successful in order to write a convincing book. In fact writing a book on the subject may have made my advice seem more legitimate.

I had to give up trying because she didn’t like being away from home so much, and then the marriage broke down anyway. Which was very frustrating. However, it got me writing. Not about ways to manipulate people into buying stuff they didn’t want, but about magical worlds generated by a powerful network of computers to keep the human population blinkered and pacified.

This time as I dive back into Twitter I’m doing so to share my true passion, and learn from others that have walked the same path before me. Some of these new friends I’m making are fellow authors, but I’m also making some great connections with musicians and gamers. I wanted to share some of these connections with you.

In addition to the tweets and video posted above, I also wanted to introduce you Duality. I actually met Michelle via Facebook, but it still counts because I say so! That and it’s still a connection I’ve made as part of my efforts to network and build contacts in the writing community. Give Duality a read. You won’t regret it.

Follow Kevin, Angela, Darren and myself, and dramatically improve your Twitter feed. If you’re reading this via email or WordPress reader and don’t see the video and links, go to the actual webpage (https://antonymcopeland.me/2017/01/24/making-friends) and while you’re at it, browse around and read some Hermes925!

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