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Still More Conversation about Which Is Better for a Writer — Social Media or Search Engines ?


Connections for Writers This discussion began August 31st with my attempt to encourage conversation by explaining a bit about my own use of Social Media and its intersection with Search…

It continued on September 3rd with comments from authors in the United Kingdom, the USA, and Germany…

And, because of a comment on that last post by the same author from Germany (who’s also a publisher), I’ll begin by reproducing a comment, in that same post, from Dan Blank, artist, poet, musician, writer, publisher, teacher, designer, and entrepreneur:

“You are told that in order to succeed, you need a website, newsletter, social media and the like.

“It’s not true.

“What you need is clarity on what you create, how to do it, and how to ensure it reaches your ideal audience of readers and supporters. Without these things, all the social media updates in the world won’t help you.”

And, here is our German author/publisher’s response to that quote:

“I remember reading Dan Blank’s words about clarity. I still find it difficult to understand how he thinks I can reach my ideal audience without a blog, a website or social media. Have you got an answer?”

My understanding of Mr. Blank’s words, “It’s not true.”, is that he counsels all kinds of creative folk and many of them are very in-the-real-moment with their work to ensure that their creation, “…reaches [their] ideal audience of readers and supporters.” Some folks never use “a blog, a website, or social media”.

And, when he says, “Without these things, all the social media updates in the world won’t help you.”, he’s indicating the possibility that the necessary Clarity-about-Creation can well be followed by the use of social media; yet, using social media without Clarity won’t help…

I heartily recommend any artistic creator (but, especially writers…) read Dan’s book, Be the Gateway.

Here’s his blurb:

“If you feel the drive to do creative work, but get overwhelmed by the process of connecting with an audience, then this book is for you. If you want to share your voice and inspire people with your writing, art, craft, or creative idea, you have to be the gateway for them. Be the Gateway shows you how to use your gift with joy and confidence.”

My reading of Dan’s book proved to be a long overdue accentuation of a principle I already had but nearly buried under the Internet’s “coercion” to social media-ize my work.

I do use social media; but with Dan’s help in clarifying what I’d already known to be true—art and its promotion should be an organic, holistic endeavor—I’m Way less tense about what I choose to do to encourage folks to read my work.

I hope I’ve answered our German friend’s question…

And, I hope this portion of our discussion has given you something of value…

All it takes is one comment to make this conversation continue; and, if you have no comment on this post, perhaps you could share a topic you’d like to discuss in the realms of Writing, Reading, or Publishing :-)
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4 responses to “Still More Conversation about Which Is Better for a Writer — Social Media or Search Engines ?

  1. martinaseveckepohlen September 5, 2018 at 11:29 am

    I will read the book. I had a look at it when it came out but I never came round to buying it.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai September 5, 2018 at 11:51 am

      I think you’ll like it—and, I certainly can’t ask you to finish it before this Friday; but, if you could read *any* of it and comment before Friday, it would make an additional comment from you all the more valuable—only if you have the time and inclination :-)

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