As you might remember, I’m a full-time freelance writer. I’m currently contributing regularly to two websites that are well-respected in my field, and work occasionally with another (and am hoping to get back regularly into that one, as well).
There’s an expectation that I’m supposed to tweet and share all my published stories (and I’m currently publishing five or more stories per week), interact with other writers, interact with people in my industry, retweet relevant news items, etc. (Honestly, one of my clients doesn’t seem to care much, but I actually lost out on a full-time job with my other main client specifically because I wasn’t doing this.)
There are two problems: 1. I don’t have time, not at the pace I’m currently working. 2. I don’t mind Facebook, but I hate Twitter. I think it’s fucking stupid. I’ve tried and tried but I just hate it.
I’ve started using Hootsuite to streamline the story-sharing process a bit and it’s helping somewhat but not as much as I’d hoped.
I set some time aside this morning to update Twitter and LinkedIn with my recently published stories, and I’m tearing my hair out over LinkedIn’s stupid, cluttered, glitchy interface. Why the fuck can’t you decide the order you want your publications to be in? Why isn’t that a setting? Why do I have to put it in, and then supposedly drag and drop except the drag icon isn’t showing up? Why, LinkedIn?
Anyway, GT, any pro tips (or even intermediate tips)? Commiserating? Do you follow writers you like on Twitter or interact with others in your industry?