Some Other Social Media Sites

I can only comment about Google+, Tumblr, YouTube and LinkedIn as they are the only ones I use. I might get more views if I used FaceBook and Twitter granted but I have personal reasons for not using those.
Google+ can be somewhat quiet but I find that if I share my blog posts with the right circles and put the occasional hash tag to make sure it appears in searches, I can get quite a few views from it.
I agree that Tumblr tends to be very visual and it is why I will always try to put a picture on a post if possible. I find though that tagging posts with as many appropriate tags as I can really helps posts to be found and to encourage people to read them. Find the right fandom on Tumblr and it will generate a view or two every day.
I have a YouTube (well, I have to have one since I have a Google+ account!) and admittedly, I do not post many videos on there. Mostly because I just don’t have the skills necessary to make and edit them. I did do a couple of vlogs for Camp NaNoWriMo a few years ago but I just was not disciplined enough to continue with it. Maybe I should try to do more…
Lastly but by no means least is LinkedIn. Since I have so few connections on there, maybe it’s no wonder it generates the least amount of views possible. I keep posting my posts there to try and keep it alive in the hopes that it will help me towards getting a job. Could be wishful thinking. I have noticed however that LinkedIn does report that at least one of my connections is looking and reading my posts so there could be something happening there that I am not aware of.

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There are many other social media sites.  I went into detail with the ones I use the most often.  Several I simply connect to my blog and leave it at that.  Here are a few more that you might want to play around with.


I do use Pinterest a lot more than the rest of this list, but I’ve never really done more than the basics.  It’s great for visual artists.  Authors can play around with it, but it’s really about the pictures.  You can ‘Pin’ books directly from their Amazon page, which makes the ‘Pin’ a doorway to the page.  It can help other authors to ‘Pin’ their books and make an album for eBooks.  Take some time to wander Pinterest and ‘Repin’ things that you like and build up a few boards.  The truth is that you can utilize this social media site…

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Blogging: Headquarters of the Indie Author

Excellent advice here for bloggers of all kinds.

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I only know about WordPress, so people from other mediums can share their thoughts in the comments.

This is the heavy hitter of Social Media Marketing because it is your realm.  Facebook always has that sense of someone else being in charge.  Twitter is limited to 140 characters, which forces some ridiculous shorthand.  Tumblr, Pinterest, Linked In, Google +, and all of their ilk are rather limited in getting your word out when they’re compared to blogging.  It is here that you speak of your books, dreams, life, thoughts, and whatever you feel like chatting about.  When people visit or comment, it is them coming to your little corner of the Internet.

Aside from being in ultimate control of content and delivery here, there are two other big boons.  One is that you can connect to other authors an interact through blogging.  It’s easier than Twitter…

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Social Media for Writers

I’ve found this excellent web page to help writers to make the most of social media networks to promote themselves and their work, looking at each of the big websites and how writers can use them to their advantage. You can have a read of it here:

It doesn’t include ALL the  different social media websites, like Google+, in the main article but have a look in the comments where  Google+ is discussed and all the websites are compared.

SEO for Authors: Naming Yourself

Something to seriously think about if you plan to be a professional writer.


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What should I call my blog?

What should my Twitter handle be?
Should I use a pseudonym? How will I choose it?
Should I be First Name + Last Name? First intial + Middle name?
What’s in a name?

Here’s your marketing take away killer blurb line:
Your presence online serves for readers to be able to find you. People look for books by Author Name more often than via any other kind of search.  
If it’s not too late for you, use your chosen author name for your website, for your twitter handle, for everything you possibly can.  (Including Pinterest, Facebook, Google Plus – all of them. And I don’t care if you don’t use it. Grab your chosen name as soon as you can and park it. Just OWN it.)  When a reader Googles you, your name, your face, your website should show up in search…

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#SherlockLives Series 3 Trailer

It seems the BBC is trying to kill us all with feels as right after the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special finished, they released this trailer:

As well as the trailer, Dr John Watson has started blogging again. Have a look at his latest entry here. He says he is writing up case notes from old cases and there appears to be someone named Mary writing in the comments section.


Book Review: Imagine My Surprise… Unpublished Letters to The Daily Telegraph, Edited by Iain Hollingshead

Yep, sorry, next to no posts because, again, life is getting in the way. I doubt this review will be long.

Not all letters sent to news papers get published naturally. Some are destined to live in the slush pile forever simply because they are not very good or interesting. Others are just unprintable. Then there are gems from the papers readers, ranging from the x-rated to the mad, the bad puns to the offensive. And it’s these letters sent to the British paper, The Daily Telegraph, that Iain Hollingshead has collated and put into the latest of these books.

Many offer amusing conversations between readers via the medium of the paper, some are the amusing views on recent stories from within the last couple of years and others are just weird and wonderful thoughts and ideas that seem to wander into readers minds and makes them send those thoughts and ideas to the Telegraph!

This book is very amusing and has some wonderful laugh out loud moments. Printed as small letters all starting with SIR, you could essentially dip in and out of it as and when you want and provides an interesting view on the British public. Internationally, I think it would appeal to anyone who would be interested in the British sense of humour.

Not all are funny in my mind and I think it’s because some of the jokes and comments are just going over my head (the Telegraph seems to have a very middle class readership!) but really this is nit picking over an otherwise very good book.

This book amused me and made giggle and laugh out loud at times. I will definitely be trying to find the other three books that goes before this one.

Are bloggers the new journalists?

I was going to post about this after I had finished reading Sirens by Tom Reynolds (leading off from my last review A Paramedic’s Diary) but something he said about bloggers in relation to the London 7/7 attacks got me thinking and I could not wait until I had finished the book and posted the review to create a new post to talk about this. Sorry, I do ramble a bit in this post.

What he said was : “Once more the blogsphere provided up-to-date news as well as reporting on what the mainstream media was saying” (Reynolds, T. (2011). Sirens. London: The Friday Project. P. 197). And it got me thinking about the future of media, how media is consumed and, more specifically, about how we will receive the media and news in the future.

Media is already consumed through many channels, whether it’s through the TV, DVD‘s, video games and on laptops and computers through the internet but as the world and technology evolves, some of these methods may become obsolete. In the past ten or twenty years, the world has moved from buying videos and video players, to being able to crate their own videos through camcorders, to moving onto DVD’s, DVD players and DVD camcorders and now even the DVD is nearly had its day as the world moves to the blu-ray format.

The development of technology in recent years is considerable and for this reason, I think now is a good time to think about just where we will be in 5 and ten years time.

I think there will always be a place in the world for traditional media, whether it’s physical hard copies of books or newspapers, or listening to the radio or watching films at the cinema. The format may change but I think people will always consume it in traditional ways. DAB radios have been around for a few years now for listening to the radio digitally and as well as digital radio channels but in the future, maybe radio will be listened to more often through TV‘s via Sky or FreeView, and possibly, TV and films will be watched where it is possible to smell the fields of lush open countryside or the city and taste the culinary delights created by TV chefs. Possibly, the media, in whatever format, will be interactive. Kids will be able to interact with their heroes and adults will be able to join sleuths as they investigate the crime and track down the criminal.

Of course, we now have e-book readers, like Kindles and Kobos, touch screen tablet computers and even the ability to pause, rewind and watch live TV as it suits us. Maybe people read the news and newspapers on the internet, which is often more up to date than even on channels like BBC News 24 and this leads into what Reynolds was saying. News websites are up to date and frequently updated through the day however with the technology available, people now post and blog their own eyewitness accounts and the most up to date news on website like FaceBook, Twitter and blog sites like WordPress and Tumblr.

Now, I will grant websites such as these will have their fair share of trolls and people wanting to cause trouble and spread misinformation.

The London Riots were organised through Social Media platforms like Facebook and BlackBerry’s BBM messaging service. Rioters and looters posted pictures of themselves with their ill-gotten gains. By reading and seeing these images, it provided a more up to date view and provided more information than what could be seen on newspaper websites and even when news channels like BBC News and Sky News were reporting live from the riots themselves, such as in Manchester.

The very same social media platforms were used to help with the clean up after the riots each day.

During the Boston Marathon Bombings, on Tumblr, there were posts and messages flying around about what had happened and a real sense of community as American bloggers relayed and posted the latest information and public service updates from Boston PD. This information would have been from mainstream services however that information was being pushed and sent further around using Social Media.

On the 4th June, 2013, BBC News posted a report to their website saying that the Turkey riots were organised through social media. The Arab Uprisings were also reported to have been organised through social media. Recent sit in at universities and at St Paul’s Cathedral in the UK were also organised through social media and people were actually blogging and reporting live from within these sit ins through the very same networks.

In this sense, providing information as and when it happens, using the technology we have available to us to be able to post and blog in real-time actually makes bloggers and  social media users the new journalists. We are in the middle of a social media revolution. I believe that this could be the future and, arguably, government attempts to rein in and police the internet wilderness using media law is partly proof that this is the way the world is going.

Lord Leveson, off the back of the phone hacking scandal, recently reported back his findings. In regards to blogs in his report, Leveson said:

“it is noteworthy that although the blogs cited here [Popbitch, HuffPo, Guido] are read by very large numbers of people, it should not detract from the fact that most blogs are read by very few people. Indeed, most blogs are rarely read as news or factual, but as opinion and must be considered as such” (O’Niell, E. (2012). Leveson Report– What are the implications for Social Media. [Online] Available at [Accessed 7/6/2013]).

In general though, social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and it’s users have become centres of libel cases. A very recent case in fact is the tweet from Sally Bercow regard Lord McAlpine, following a News Night programme by the BBC regarding child sexual abuse in care homes. She tweeted: “Why is Lord McAlpine trending? *innocent face*”. A judge has found this libelous and even though Bercow has denied it was meant in a libellous way, she has accepted the ruling.

Slightly off-topic (as it’s not actually about news or the way we consume media) is the case of a Robin Hood Airport employee who made a joking tweet on Twitter about blowing up the airport. He was arrested, charged, convicted then had the conviction overturned when he proved it was not meant as a terrorist threat.

So if bloggers are to become the new journalists (as I feel it is almost inevitable that this will become the case), then maybe teaching of the law in regards to social media and blogging is needed. We will increasingly continue to garner news and information through digital means, with some traditional formats dying out, so there may become an increasing need for bloggers to be journalists and journalists to be bloggers.