They told me I had to write a blog and be on Facebook and Tweet and I said, “But I don’t really have anything to blog or Facebook or Tweet about.” And they said it didn’t matter, platform and social media and followers. Publishers won’t publish you unless you can show them that people will buy your novel. And I said, “They also won’t publish you if you haven’t had time to actually write a novel because you’re too busy trying to build a platform.” They said doesn’t matter, do both.
So I started a blog. About a half dozen times. It’s really more an irregular series of essays. You can find it below. And I made an author Facebook page, but I didn’t tell anyone about it because there’s nothing on it. Why bother someone I haven’t seen since high school when I haven’t published anything since college? And I joined Twitter, but again, nothing to say on my own, and I feel awkward butting in to other people’s conversations, and everything goes by so fast it makes me slightly carsick. Oh, and now there’s Pinterest! Here you go, author: try and find a use for a site with a bunch of images on it. Bonus points for figuring out how to repin without infringing on anyone’s copyright. So I have a Pinterest account, too. Check out my three pins. They’re awesome!
So here I am. This is my webpage. Not a blog. If I’m ambitious, I might write another essay for my irregular series, but otherwise I’m just going to go ahead and focus on the novel I’m currently working on. Because there’s not much point in building a platform if you don’t have anything to put on it.
I’m not blaming them. It’s not their fault, it’s mine. I picked up the hammer and just started trying to nail random boards together. It’s time to put the hammer down, even if they say abandoning a blog or letting an account lay fallow is a cardinal sin of social media. I’ve never been a saint.
I do, however, have a list over there of people (or will, another WIP) who actually know how to blog. If you’re looking for real content, check them out. And as an apology for my lack of useful or interesting content, here are some pictures. Part of my work-in-progress is set in New Orleans, so they’re even relevant! Enjoy.
Robin Simonds Fitch