Tag Archive 'social media'

Pram in the Hall

You know that question everyone always asks writers? The one about what we do all day? In my experience most writers spend their days doing a lot of nothing — interspersed with trying in vain to organize vast teetering piles of books and papers, totally forgetting the thing we swore blind we’d be doing this […]

Should You Be On Twitter?

In my last post here at Writer Unboxed, I mentioned that – despite what the “build a platform” drones might chant outside your bedroom window at night – writers don’t have to be on Twitter. It is not required. Believe it or not, we are all grown-up people here (or let’s pretend we are), and […]

Everything You Really Need to Know About Twitter

This post probably isn’t what you’re expecting. If you’re looking for guidelines and tips on how to use and get the most out of Twitter, you can view a list of my past posts here. But before you get overwhelmed, don’t worry. This is not a crash-course on everything you could possible learn about the […]

Pay Proper Attention to Your Bio

Lately I’ve noticed that some freelance and author bios are very short—sometimes not more than one line—and say little more than “John Doe is a writer.” I made this observation on Twitter a couple weeks ago, and Atlantic editor Alexis Madrigal responded that it was a response to the “super long bio.” The Magazine editor […]

Twitter: Are You Taking the Lazy Way Out?

Every once in a while, I’ll be on Twitter and start feeling glum. No one is talking to me, I think. No one new is following me. No one’s replying to my tweets. There’s a problem here, and that problem is me. It never fails that if I notice a Twitter slump, it’s my own […]

Everything You Need to Know About the #Hashtag

If you spend any amount of time on the internet, you’ve probably seen people using words or phrases with pound signs in front of them, #like #this. On Twitter, this is called a hashtag. Putting that symbol in front of a word turns it into a searchable link. In other words, you can then click […]

Twitter: A Dangerous Sense of Entitlement

Today I want to talk about a problem I see in the community of writers on Twitter: a growing sense of entitlement. We writers work hard to build our platform. We’re told how important it is, so we put our time, energy, and hearts into the effort of building our potential audience. And there are […]

Conferences: Songs from the Uproar

Do you go to conferences? Boy, I do. One of the greatest aspects of conference-going is meeting people you might have known only on the ether, putting a face to the avatar. Here, for example, is author Chuck Wendig, whom I’ve met several times at conferences. Both of us normally have some traveling to do, to […]

Twitter: My 5 Unshakable Beliefs

Hello Writer Unboxed readers! I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Annie Neugebauer, and I’m the new Twitter columnist around these parts. I’ll be blogging Twitter tips, theory, and practice every other month. Many thanks to Nina Badzin for recommending me, and to Therese Walsh and the whole WU crew for welcoming me with […]

Twitter Lists to the Rescue

New Twitter users (and even seasoned ones) complain about the sheer amount of tweets demanding attention all at once. It’s a valid concern with one good solution: TWITTER LISTS! The good folks behind Twitter.com designed a way for us to separate the people we’re following into categories. Once you have created lists and slotted the […]

Maybe If We Tried Writing Well

  I don’t necessarily agree with everything I say. – Marshall McLuhan   I’ve been putting together some thoughts recently on our collective readership. Not us when we read. Not our delegation here of Unboxed Writers. And not even the wider community of writers, local and offshore, national and intergalactic, the diaspora-digital, and where it […]

‘Social’ Media: ‘Sharing’ our Narcissism

Even our photos of a church group, or a friend’s birthday, or exercise at the YMCA are, if we admit it, about us. Every photo is a “selfie.” Alex Miller Jr., The Myth of Narcissus Goes Social If you donated money to a hurricane relief charity via a website, you may have been asked if […]