Friday, July 8, 2011

Obsession and Social Media

Currently reading - Kitty's Big Touble by Carrie Vaughn (MMPB)

When I first started writing, I'd google my name.  There would a zillion mentions of my ancient office address.  Several entries for Suzan Harden, the guidence counselor who's definitely not me.  And here and there a mention of a contest I finaled.

All the pundits say that to succeed as an indie writer you need to grow your social networking skills and web presence.  So I'm blogging and tweeting and (oh Goddess, I can't believe I'm saying this) I'm now on effing Facebook.

(I can honestly say the Facebook thing is DH's fault.  Nina Cordoba was on my case about setting up a FB page.  I said I didn't have time and that I'd have to bribe DH. Umm, the conversation went way downhill from there, and next thing I know I'm getting home from the Night Job and DH says "Your Facebook page is almost done." So maybe it's both Nina's and DH's fault.)

Anyway, I've been interacting on the various social media.  Meeting new people. Expanding my horizons.  Heck, I'm even doing a summer blog tour.  More mentions of me the writer when I google, fewer of me the lawyer.  And still there's still Suzan the guidance counselor.

Slowly, I'm growing my online presence.  Commenting on more folks blogs.  Putting my books up for sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and XinXii.  Now the first couple of pages on a google search shows just me the writer.

Except . . .

Yes, there's still two mentions of Suzan the guidance counselor.


I need to let it go.  I need to let it go.  I need to let it go.  I need . . .


  1. Best wishes on your summer blog tour. I started watching the rest of that show yesterday and it is funny stuff. Thanks again for that post. So much enjoyed it.

  2. Thanks! I'm enjoying the tour. I've written a couple that haven't been scheduled yet. I'll let everyone know when and where as soon as I do.

    And you're welcome for Ewan/Gordan tidbit. I've started watching Gordan's show on Youbtube. Makes me kind of wish I could get BBC1.

  3. Hee! I do that too. :) Most of the first few pages on a Google search are me, last time I checked. There's another Angela Benedetti who's (I think) a research meteorologist, and publishes a lot of papers, and a third who works with children in South America and addresses the UN and writes articles and stuff. Angela Benedetti the smut merchant is ahead of them both in the Google rankings though, yay. [cough/grin]

    Still no Facebook. I plan to be the last holdout on the planet.


  4. Angie, I hope you can hold out on the FB thing. More power to you.