My interactions with friends, authors, and fans.

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12 Responses

  1. Thomas Kropp says:

    I love the character questions! I sincerely hope that doesn’t go away. I am putting that in my writing journal to help me further my insight into my characters. This has been tremendous help! I believe that those who will want to truly follow you will follow you, and will want to interact with you. What good does it do to have all these people follow you and no interactions? The point of social media is to talk. I don’t care as much for follows as I do for interaction. Without interaction there is no substance. I rather have people that truly care about me and my work than a bunch of followers who don’t. To me it seems like you truly care about others who write, and you interact. That’s why I follow you and plus you write books I want to read. So there is significant substance there that means something to me. You are not just a follower to me or a follow. You are a person who I find substance with. A person who has value to me and others. I truly hope you don’t go away! I truly value the interaction that we had!

    • Kaitlyn Meyers says:

      I’ve got no plans to abandon my character questions! Just rebranding them a little 😉 I’m glad they help you get to know your characters a little better.

      I think a lot of people on Twitter place a lot of importance on a big Followers number, and that isn’t really what the point of it is. Even people who have a million people have only a small percent that interact with them. My numbers are much smaller, but it lets me have a closer connection to people like you: someone I value and like to hear from! It’s good to know you!

  2. Vibeke Hiatt says:

    I’ve never just randomly followed anyone just because another writer tells me to. I look at their bio, the following-to-followers ratio, and the things they post. I agree that the interactions are what I value the most. I DO follow most of the people who follow me. And I only retweet what I like or agree with. When I read a post, I look through the comments and follow people who look interesting.

    • Kaitlyn Meyers says:

      I do the same thing with following, retweeting, liking, etc! The #FF threads I just ignore. You’re not alone!

  3. Joseph Donne says:

    I get that they want to nip bot behavior, and while I don’t participate in regular writer lifts and follow trains (I don’t really do FF much either), this feels like throwing the baby out with the bath water. What bothers me most is it makes it that much harder for newcomers to get started if that’s how the Powers That Be want to play it

    We’ll all get by, no doubt, but it’s irksome to me.

    • Kaitlyn Meyers says:

      I think if they enforce these rules heavily, it’s going to be hard for new people to jump in and meet other people who they would have liked to have interacted with. Like you said, we’ll get by, but I think it does damage the community as a whole, and the sense of community is the point of social media!

  4. Jonathan says:

    I think Twitter have done the only thing they could – faced with people deluging the system with huge lists of people’s names. The real problem is education – all people need to do is state their interests (including agreed hashtags) in their profiles, then use the search to find each other. The system already supports it, and does it very well (after searching for a tag, click the “People” tab).

    • Kaitlyn Meyers says:

      That was (and still is) definitely a problem. The blind follower lists is pretty annoying and I just have to skip over those when looking for things to read. Even ads are less annoying. I like the idea of “if you like me, then you’ll also like my fiends: so and so” but I think that’d be against the rules, or at least some shade of gray. The Who to Follow built-in lists are a pretty good way to connect with people, at least initially. Now it just shows me irrelevant results unfortunately.

  5. TravelPixPro says:

    Wow…thanks for this post. I just started actively twittering in earnest 2 months ago with ZERO followers and just passed 1300 yesterday. I recently tweeted a #followfriday thanks to a group of like-minded artists (many including me produce imagery that sometimes gets used in book cover art) who regularly retweet each others work, encouraging others to follow them in what I thought was an accepted (and encouraged) ritual on twitter. I was planning to make this a recurring exercise once a month, but, in light of this info, will no longer do so.

    Personally, I think it may have to do with the promoted tweets program. This program touts 30 new followers per MONTH for about $90/mo. But, with a little elbow grease and use of exercises like #followfriday and groups of mutually engaged retweeters, it is not difficult to average 30 new quality followers per DAY for free – making that promotional program not worth it to many users.

    • Kaitlyn Meyers says:

      Congratulations on reaching 1300! There are a lot of services out there (legitimate and non-legitimate) that offer to get you followers, but I think getting people organically is the best for having interaction. And it’s that interaction rate that’s most important. Having 50,000 followers who ignore you is worse than having 500 followers that interact with you!

  6. M. Metrose says:

    I’m sorry but things like this on social media become nothing more than bubbles filled with everybody endlessly high-fiving each other, “supporting” them, etc–but every keystroke pushed on twitter or any sm is a keystroke that could have been better applied to your actual writing. When everybody a beginned interacts with is also a beginner–where does that typically lead? To a circular bubble most never escape from.

    Serious writers at any level should stay off social media as much as possible. And should look for their community in the real world.

    • Kaitlyn Meyers says:

      That’s a very valid point of view. I’d say that many authors, especially beginner authors, struggle with their writing and finding other like-minded people who support them is useful. Sure, there is community in the “real world,” but those are hard to find for many people. Some people are introverted, others like me live in small towns where there really isn’t much community.

      Every keystroke pushed that’s not writing could have been applied to your writing, sure. With that, every second not spent writing could have been spent on writing. People take time off from writing to do many things, some watch TV, some have a day job to go to, some spend time with people online. Some people see social media as a waste of time and energy, and I think that’s fair, but everyone has different levels of interaction they need.

      It’s kind of like going to a gym. If you are out of shape and need to work on yourself, should you go to the gym with other people who need to lose weight as well, or are bodybuilders the only people you should associate with? Encouraging others to do what they want to do with their life is something I find to be a positive experience. Does it make me a worse writer? No.

      Serious people at anything should stay off social media as much as possible. You can’t just single out writers. Anyone who has a career and spends time on social media is wasting their time. That’s a valid opinion, but one I have to disagree with.

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