All this week here at Totally The Bomb and Co. we’re talking about your online platform. You guys should have fancy avatars that represent you all over the internet by now, but the question you’re probably asking is–
What sites are THE sites you should be a part of?
Okay, let me say something first. The thing about social networking and online presence is that it has to be genuine. If you aren’t enjoying it, people will know, and they won’t be interested in what you have to say.
So, never join a site just because everyone else is, and for crying out loud, don’t try to be someone you’re not.
You know, what? That could stand to be repeated.
Don’t try to be someone you’re not.
If you’re not chatty, then twitter probably isn’t the place for you. If you get really annoyed when people fill up your friend stream (hehe I said friend stream) with milking fake cows and making pretend pasta, then you might want to avoid facebook, and if you’re uncomfortable with everyone knowing you’re drinking espresso at the local coffee house, then you might want to skip out on 4square or GoWalla.
Now, that being said… if you’re trying to build an online platform worth anything at all, there is one site you have to have.
Your personal website.
You must have a personal website. If you’re not into the blogging thing, that’s fine. Don’t blog. Just make it a website about you. If you’re not into the ‘connecting’ thing then don’t add any of that crap to your site. I don’t care if it’s one page somewhere out there on the internet with a picture of a cute cat and an email address you can be contacted at. I just want you to have some sort of presence on the internet somewhere.
I have a feeling I’m preaching to the choir here though, so let’s talk about what a really great website looks like.
It’s okay to use a template to build your web presence. You don’t have to pay for a fancy designer to come in and make you a custom design. Um, you’re an unpublished author–just how much extra cash do you plan to spend on this? So, just do a quick google search for free website templates and see what pops up. Chances are, you’ll find something fairly unique and slap it up there.
Heck, give blogging a try–you’re a writer, it just might be something you really enjoy doing.