Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Author web presence

One of the pluses of the Internet is how easy it makes networking and keeping in touch with other writers. Joining writing groups helps in that department. I am a member of two - Inscribe Christian Writers Fellowship and The Word Guild. Both offer much to Canadian writers who are Christian.

Last week on our yahoo discussion board The Word Guild, our president Denise Rumble invited us to talk about our blogs. Not surprisingly the invitation was followed by a blizzard of URLs. Kimberley Payne - Word Guild member and encourager par excellence - has compiled them into a tidy list and shares them with us at the group blog The Writer's Crucible.

But is all that blogging, facebooking and twittering helpful?
"Now that just about every writer has a Web site, blog and/or MySpace, Facebook and GoodReads pages, are they finding the effort of keeping up with it all worthwhile? Do authors even need a Web presence?"

Maybe you too have asked the question with which Judith Rosen begins her Publisher's Weekly article "Finding Value in Author Web Sites." Read the entire article here.

h/t Joanna Mallory


Kimberley Payne said...

Hi Violet,

Interesting questions!
Personally, I enjoy connecting with people online and the easiest way to meet a lot of people with a common interest is through my blog. I look forward to reading what others think.

violet said...

Kimberley, so do I. And after blogging for four years, it would feel weird to suddenly not be connecting with people online any more. Thanks for dropping by, btw (fulfilling your resolve, I see?)

Joanna Mallory said...

Hi Violet,

As a writer without a lot of local, in-person contact with others writing in the same field, I can't say enough about the benefits of connecting via the Internet. Without InScribe and The Word Guild, I wouldn't be writing--or if I was, it wouldn't be very well.

The blogging community offers even more information and places to connect.

violet said...

Joanna, I couldn't have said it better! The Internet really is an amazing invention for connecting. The trick is to use it with discipline and not let it take over. It's easy to fritter hours away online and come back to your writing time as tired as if you'd been creating something new. One of my resolutions for 2009 is to employ stricter boundaries as I use this wonderful resource.