Blogging – Tweeting – Engaging

For about two months I have been bolstering my web-presence by checking out blogs and adding them to FEEDLY.  I send blogs to BUFFER and schedule tweets and blogs on HOOTSUITE.  I began tweeting and have seen my Twitter following grow nearly 30-fold (not hard when you start with 7).  I have subscribed to newsletters about marketing, blogging, and leadership.  I’ve downloaded how-to manuals for marketing, blogging, writing, grammar, and typography.  I have reviewed a few books.  I have been engaged online with people from all over the world.

Where has this “Engagement” led, so far?  First – it is fun.  Yes, fun.  I enjoy seeing so many different websites, approaches to blogging, and different (sometimes wild) ideas about life and living in this world.  However, all the time spent getting “out there” has put a real cramp in my writing.  Likewise, I haven’t been blogging in my own site regularly.

My theory (not mine really) was that, if I connected with people who are connected to thousands of others, those “thousands” would see my tweets if they got re-tweeted.  That has happened and it has led to dozens of new followers every day, but not a huge increase in visits to my website.  This also means that I haven’t seen a real change in book sales.  My theory may still be valid, but there is more to it than just connecting.

You have to like my content, to trust me that I will provide something good for you to read.  You probably have to like fiction, to be interested in my novels.  It has to be easy for you to check out my novels and sample them.  I asked myself, “Why don’t people always buy books when they get on my site?”  Then I answered with a question, “Do I buy a book on every site?  Any site?”

The honest truth is that my “to read” pile is fairly tall, so I haven’t bought any books for a while.  ANSWER – Spend more time reading and get back to writing more books.

I need to find the right mix of reading/writing/engaging (not to mention my full-time job) that will keep me productive and get the word out about my novels.  I will buy some books this month and try to read faster.  I’ll let you know how that is going next month.

What are your challenges with Engaging?

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About smcpherson58

Aside from loving chocolate and coffee (not necessarily in that order) Scott McPherson has learned that he loves to write. He writes fiction and, so far, has published two novels. Scott has many varied interests, though he tries to focus on one at a time. He has worked for nearly thirty-five years as a family physician, a pass-time that gives him great pleasure and pays the bills. He has five daughters and dotes upon three grandchildren. Recently married, he really loves life. Scott writes from his life experiences and from travel. His career in the active Air Force was brief, but he has been a member of the Nebraska Air National Guard since just before 9/11 in 2001. The aftermath of that great disaster changed the face of the Guard and led to missions in far-away lands. He has spent time in Turkey, Iraq, Spain, Crete and Guam in missions related to support for Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He has been to Iceland and Antarctica as well. Scott has no personal experience with violent death or murder, but has gained knowledge from experts. In his first novel, “A Step Ahead of Death,” his character, Jack Sharp MD, becomes embroiled in a murder mystery. First as suspect, then as amateur sleuth, Jack tries to make a difference. He finds himself right in the middle of an investigation well beyond the scope of a local murder. A man of faith, Scott traveled to Africa with his small family in the 1980s and served as a medical missionary in Zaire (known as Congo today) with a church organization. The vast difference in what it takes to exist in such an environment served as a basis for much of his second novel, a thriller, “Congo Mission.” His character, Jack, is twenty years younger than in the first novel. In “Congo Mission” Jack serves as a physician in a missionary hospital in the jungles of northwestern Zaire. There he is not only captivated by a young woman visiting the region, but falls victim to his nemesis Jacques Levant. His motivations and faith are tested and his resolve to do God’s work gets pushed to the limit. When he is not writing Scott enjoys walking, a practice that actually led to his first attempt at writing a novel. He began making notes and writing prose about the mundane things around him. He tried to make the details sound interesting, even though it was just for his own pleasure. Eventually he found that he could expand his prose to “what if?” “What if I just kept walking?” “What if I, or my character, found a dead body in the ditch along the side of the path?” That was the premise for the first novel, “A Step Ahead of Death.” Scott McPherson is an avid trombone player and has played since he was nine years old. He marched in the Cornhusker Marching Band at the University of Nebraska and now takes advantage of one free football game a year by playing in the half-time show with the UNL Alumni Marching Band. He plays in the Lincoln Civic Orchestra and a community band from the nearby town of Waverly, Nebraska. Scott loves to sing as well, though his range seems to have diminished in recent years. He has sung in college and church choirs and remembers performing parts of Handel’s Messiah as a highlight of his singing experience. One little-known fact about Scott is that he once sang soprano in a boys choir. Scott plans to keep writing as long as the ideas flow and others show interest in his stories. He loves to interact with other writers or readers about what has become a passion in his life. Reviews are always welcome as are questions and comments.
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