I have been learning a lot about what to do with the technological gadgets I have; I have always had various social media accounts, but never really got to grips with how to make the most of them.
I have only just realised that the “notifications” I get in twitter are not all messages the public give to me, but are actually random posts from people or subjects I follow. It was very confusing for me for a lot of the time and my wires got crossed a lot!
I have since learned how to tell if something is actually for me or a random public post and it has destressed me a lot!
One thing I am still not clear on in regards to twitter is how to reply to thank someone for retweeting something without having to go to their actual profile page to do so?
I didn’t fully understand the value of twitter as a writer until recently either. I was always told that as a writer you need a social media presence, but I didn’t understand why.
I realised it’s not all about self-promotion at all, like I was told by other writing friends – It’s all about your personality and who you are. It’s fascinating to think that I have gained over sixty followers this past week, purely on a heated topic I took part in earlier this week on twitter about gender identity.
I really didn’t think that people really cared about a writer until they’ve read copious amounts of their work and then decided to become a fan. I didn’t realise in this day and age, your personality accounts for a lot. People are really into this “influencer” ideology and I have been behind the times for years it seems.
It’s opened up a whole new world to me, I didn’t know this was a thing until I actually bothered to research all this stuff as I am preparing myself for a career in art and writing and I am taking it all very seriously!
I was distraught the other day when I learned that Goodreads was taking away their ability to recommend books to friends option – but then, when mooching around the site I found that there are three little buttons at the top of every book I’ve read where you can share your book on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest; why get upset then? I can merely click one of those buttons and do it another way anyway!
Although I had a Pinterest account, I had never really wanted to use it as a proper social media until Goodreads took away the recommendations options. I have made new boards on Pinterest about the kinds of books I read, so my followers can go there and have a look and perhaps get inspired to read something that inspired me.
I have since learned that Pinterest can be monetised without ruining your follower’s relationships and it will earn you a passive income – this is something I will delve into more deeply later on in the month, to see if it’s something I may or may not do.
I have had an Instagram account for a few years now and have never posted a picture on it – but again I learned it can be monetised without affecting follower relationships too, again earning you a passive income each month. I got an Instagram account because I was friends with a lot of artists who wanted to share their artwork with me and a couple of relatives who like to show their holiday pics up there too.
I have wanted to start doing short poems, art and wildlife photography to put up onto Instagram, maybe with a few inspirational quotes as well? But not sure when I will take the plunge on that yet! https://www.instagram.com/tardycreative/
I will share my profile from Instagram but you will see its empty more or less.
I am @CreativeTardy on twitter these days.
My Pinterest is https://www.pinterest.co.uk/naturescreativecomrade/ it is called NaturesCreativeComrade because that is my account on google and will be the name of my up and coming YouTube channel.
I bought the webcam and microphone a year ago and still haven’t learned how to set it up; I really ought to get around to it!
Why did I choose that as my YouTube name? Because my YouTube channel is going to be about my journey as a writer and an artist, but also a gardener and wildlife photographer; I will also include pet care in the videos. Writing is not my primary focus on this channel – it will be about my relationship with nature and how it inspires me to become creative.
I focus a lot of my gardening on permaculture, polyculture, food forest, no dig ideologies and completely 100% organic, I heard the bad neighbour is moving by the end of summer, so hopefully I can get back out there – saving the world starts at a garden a time, after all!
Thanks for reading!