There are many different platforms nowadays for social media. For example, there is Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, WordPress, Vine, Pinterest, Google+, and LinkedIn, just to name a few. There are so many options available for people to connect with one another socially these days. There are many reasons people join many of the aforementioned platforms: to keep in touch with old friends, converse with family members who live out of state, read up-to-date news, share personal stories, blog, or to write.
As a writer, I use many different platforms to share my work so I can reach as many different people as possible. I, like many writers, am proud of the work that I produce and want everyone, regardless if I know them, to enjoy my work as well. Writers often pour their hearts and souls into their writing. Writing to me is not just a bunch or words or sentences making up a story, it is part of me. A part of me that I want to share with the world, and social media is the best way for me, and many writers alike to share ourselves with the masses.
Twitter is an amazing platform in my opinion. Writers love to use words to describe everything possible. However, with Twitter, we are only allowed 140 characters. This forces us to be concise with our message, but also gives us the opportunity to market our work in a condensed space. There are millions upon millions of tweets sent daily, but with concise marketing skills, writers like you and me are heard. Our work is read, shared, and discussed, by fans all around the world. I truly believe this is amazing.
Facebook is a great platform for writers. On Facebook, one is allowed to create “Pages,” which can be about any topic, person, book, job, in our case, us! We have the ability to create Fan Pages that we build ourselves, can advertise, add content, photographs, and connect with fans and readers on a different level. Speaking from personal experience, there is nothing better than “talking” to a reader about an article, or book that I have written. Facebook provides a great platform for writers, whether an author or a freelancer.
Blogs and Websites
There are so many different blog platforms available nowadays. Writers, such as freelancers, are able to post articles they have had published (depending on the rights), musings, and even write novellas or novelettes on his or her own blog or website. Depending on what a writer has accomplished in his or her career, one may even have a specific author blog or website.
Social media makes it possible for writers to get their work out to more people than ever before. Unfortunately, social media does not always shine in a positive light, however, I believe the possibilities are endless for writers. Through social media, we have the privilege to continue creating all the time. We are free to write, share, and converse with readers and fans, market our work, and “get our name out there,” to the world. Social media is a blessing to writers, and I am convinced that it will only get better for us in the future.