Online Social Media is touted as the ‘end-all-be-all’ for small businesses, writers and authors. We’re supposed to join twitter, facebook, linkedin and hundreds of other outlets in order to gain hundreds of thousands of buyers in a short amount of time.
Or the self-advertising media monsters inform us.
Seems to me, the most aggressive followers I have across all brands are marketers who want my money. Oh, they all offer the best software (legal or otherwise) that ‘guarantees” me followers. For just $……..
I write, I blog, I post. Sometimes, I whine, just because I can. They’re my blogs, books and sites, afterall. I can do what I want.
I also get well-meaning comments like “why aren’t you monetizing? Well, darling, I am. I’m using what 99% of what’s available to everyone and their dogs to monetize, google adsense. What i’d like is big brand name advertisers and backers for all 4 blogs and 2 websites. Not likely to happen. I don’t have hundreds of thousands of followers, nor do I have big name celebrities touting my sites, books and blogs.
Social Media also places limits on what you can and cannot do. Sometimes that’s a good thing. It helps keep and restore order. Sometimes it stifles growth and change.