Thursday, August 28, 2014
Thursday Thoughts || The Power of Social Media
It's no secret that social media is important now-a-days. In nearly every aspect of life-- especially pop-culture related-- Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or even Facebook (Yes, I'm as shocked as you are that Facebook is still a thing) will pop up. Personally, I think Twitter is the strongest social media platform at the moment. Everyone has a Twitter. Everyone uses Twitter. And, Twitter is an AMAZING way to connect. In the bookish world that connection can be made with authors, publishers, fellow bloggers/vloggers, followers/subscribers and just other people who like to read! It's an amazing tool and it's honestly changed the way the internet works. For all those reasons, I think that everyone should have a Twitter because it will honestly change the way you live your bookish life.
I think that authors are some of the people who can benefit the most from having a Twitter. As reviewers, we already spend all of our time on the internet, but authors sometimes need to be pushed by their "people" to even make a Twitter. I think that it can help them out in awesome ways. It's a super easy way to get the word out about a new book or get input from readers. In fact, I think we also benefit highly from authors and publishers having social media. Readers know better than anyone what could make a book that much better. And, we're passionate about it at the same time. I know that I love the idea of my suggestions helping out an author and in turn making a better final product.
Personally, I've not interacted with nearly enough authors or publishers on Twitter. Most of the time I stick with other bloggers and vloggers as I think of them on "my level." However, that's the nice thing about social media! It actually puts the authors or publishers on "your level" and I think that's just really awesome. Recently I used Twitter for one of the most mundane (but helpful) things. I never could have done this before social media. I read and LOVED the book Hexed by Michelle Krys, but I noticed that neither I nor any of my fellow BookTubers knew the proper pronunciation of her last name. So, I just asked her on Twitter! Turns out it's like Chris.
And, lastly for a more fangirly comment.. I use Twitter to creep on my favorite authors. I don't know if you all know this, but I have a minor obsession with the lovely Ransom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. And, I must say, he has a fabulous Twitter. It's exactly what you'd expect from a quirky (wink wink, see what I did there?) guy like him. If you want a laugh, you should definitely check it out HERE. Another funny author on Twitter? Patrick Ness. Such quality tweets. Seriously. Check them out HERE.
And, I think that's all I have to say on that! Sorry if this Thursday Thoughts felt a little rushed! I've been busy this week and am unfortunately writing this at the last minute! I hope you'll forgive me. And, I hope you'll join us this time next week to discuss the topic of "Audiobooks!" See ya then!