Social Media vs. Socializing

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Once Upon a Wish Book / Wish. Write. Inspire. / Social Media vs. Socializing

For me, “Social Media” may as well be called “Social Mayhem.” I find that my mind is often in an all-consuming frenzy, constantly trying to think of new and creative ways to promote my book, reach out to others, make …

Filed Under: Wish. Write. Inspire. by rachellesparks February 4, 2014, 11:35 pm

For me, “Social Media” may as well be called “Social Mayhem.” I find that my mind is often in an all-consuming frenzy, constantly trying to think of new and creative ways to promote my book, reach out to others, make the right connections that lead to book sales, etc. I just want people to know the families in my book. I want them to taste the raw reality of their experiences and fully grasp how Wishes from the Make-A-Wish Foundation change lives. Is that too much to ask?

The answer: No.

The solution? Keep trekking through cyber-space as though I have a clue as to what I’m doing.

Don’t get me wrong. I have plenty of ideas; Blogging. Reaching out to other bloggers. Following other bloggers. Book reviews. Getting bloggers to review my book. Reviewing the books of other authors. Guest blogging. Goodreads. Amazon. Twitter. Tweeting. What to Tweet. When to Tweet. What to post. Facebook. Who to friend. What pages to “like.” Instagram. Tumblr (what IS that?). Google+ (I hear this is very useful. Never used it). LinkedIn. Pinterest. Millions of social media websites for dummies. Where do I start? Which do I do first? Am I prioritizing in ways that will maximize my valuable work time?

Today, I had a break from all of this with good, old-fashioned SOCIALIZING. Not social media. Actual face-to-face contact with another human. Another author. Sure, we initially connected through social media (Facebook), but today we met at a coffee shop and shared coffee, tea and good conversation for more than an hour. So refreshing.

I can’t say enough about real, personal connections. I sat with Barbara-Ann Waite, author of “Elsie – The Arizona Adventures of a Frontier Teacher 1913-1916,″ for more than an hour, and boy, when you get two authors together, they have a lot to talk about. We chatted about our journeys of book-publishing, the passion we have for wanting our stories to be heard (or read, rather), the overwhelming social media world we live in, and how to handle it all.

We bounced ideas back and forth, shared lessons we’ve learned over the years, pondered the publishing world, and just let our ideas fly. We had suggestions for each other’s books, agreed to review them on our own social media sites (yes, social media was bound to come back into the picture at some point, right?), and left knowing we’d meet again.

We live in a small world. There are billions of people in it, endless cities and roads and places, and we all walk through life, crossing paths, bumping into one another, never knowing who we’ll meet or why. Barbara found my book in a little book store in a little Northern Arizona town. She was there to promote her own book and stumbled upon mine.

She looked me up online, found out that I live 30 minutes from her here in San Diego, and reached out through Facebook. Turns out, we have a lot in common. We both read non-fiction. We are both writers. We both have a passion for telling the stories of other peoples’ lives. We both have connections to Arizona. We both find social media overwhelming. And we both like tea and coffee (and chatting over it). There’s something to be said for socializing. If nothing else, it’s a nice, refreshing change from staring at a computer. Thanks, Barbara, for finding me!

Reader Comments

Barbara Anne Waite says February 5, 2014,5:12 pm

Oh how fun to read your comments about meeting face-to-face. I spent the day composing an essay for another bloggers website. Rachelle and I exchanged ideas and books. So now I am devouring “Once upon a wish.” True stories are always more rewarding a read than fiction. As a former nurse I appreciate that Rochelle dealt more with the emotional response to disease than the physical details. All of us can imagine the emotional roller-coaster that the parents of terminally ill children experience. Yet, I am enthralled by her insight into how the children react when told of the limitations their disease will place upon their young lives. This book creates a desire to go encourage children that are ill. I can’t wait to add a review and share the book with friends. Looking forward to meeting face-to-face again soon.
Well done Rachelle- Barbara Anne (Anne with an E)

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