Over the course of trying to market myself and my books , I wind up tinkering around in a lot different places. I forced myself to sign up for Twitter when I didn’t want to and I joined Facebook under a fake name at first because I had no urge to deal with it. There are currently more reviews for my books up on Goodreads than there are on Amazon and I don’t even know what’s going on at Librarything.
To say the least, things get very scattered. Not only do I contribute to these different sites with different content and frequency, but readers and fans are split amongst them in all sorts of ways.
Over this past week, yet another site became useful for me and I decided to try to clarify, exactly, what I’ve got going on where. Then you can choose the Joseph Devon experience that’s right for you.
For starters, all large news will show up everywhere. When the new book releases or a new contest is up, I’ll repeat that over and over again in every way possible. So you don’t need to worry about that.
First there’s this website. This is where I come when I have an idea for a piece of writing that has some heft. Obviously all of my fiction is here, but there are also posts like The 5 Stages of a Hangover and Oh, How I Love Skymall, both favorites of mine. I usually have a new post up here every Tuesday and Thursday. Recently, however, I’ve slipped with that and, as it turns out, the world didn’t end. The lull in new content on here is mainly due to the amount of work being put into the new book. I’d much rather get work done on on the book so I can get that to you sooner than think of an entertaining blog post. So, I’ll always be here on this blog, but when a major work is being finished apparently I let myself slack off.
Next is Facebook. If you follow me on Facebook you tend to get links to any blog posts that I feel are more than just updates on the book progress. I also share reviews there and jabber a bit of nonsense now and then, usually early in the morning right after I’ve had my coffee. Generally speaking, though, I feel that two posts a day on Facebook is a bit much and I try to keep it down to a few appearances a week in your feed. I feel like that’s what I want from the pages I follow, so I’m guessing that’s good for you too. There’s usually some conversation over on Facebook, too. Some replies and banter and joking amongst the readers. This is a nice, middle of the road sort of Joseph Devon experience.
Following me on Twitter, though, is the Joseph Devon experience on crack. I constantly have my phone with me and, because Twitter is so freaking easy to post to, I basically jabber on there all day long. It’s also super easy to take pictures with my phone of odd sightings around town and toss them onto Twitter. Not to mention type out whatever weird-ass fucking thought happens to run through my head while I’m walking down the sidewalk and throw it on there. And then there’s drunk tweets and my constant battle to decide what I want to eat for dinner. It’s fun. I’d like following me. Plus, on Twitter I’m happy to chat with you if you throw me an @ response. I’ve met a lot of fans on there and enjoy talking to all of them. And, every new post on this blog will pop up as a link on Twitter. It’s quite a wild ride.
Now for the newcomer. This week I’ve been exploring Tumblr. I signed up for this thing ages ago and haven’t done much with it but this week I really started poking around on my Tumblr page. I happily discovered a wonderful use for it: photos.
I took photography all through high-school and I still take a ton of pictures, but unless they’re of my family at Christmas or something I never really know where to share them. I take them, look at them, copy them to my external harddrive and basically that’s it. Tumblr is a fantastic place to share my photos, mainly because they let me put them into a queue which then posts them according to the schedule I tell it to. I can sit down when I have an hour, pick through some of my folders of photos, throw my best ones into the queue and have a month’s worth of content that I don’t have to think about. They fire off about one a day and they also get linked to in my Twitter feed.
That’s also where it starts to get confusing. Figuring out what automatically links to who when a post goes off where is nuts. I’m a little worried that writing a blog post on here will automatically post it onto Tumblr which will automatically post it on Twitter which will automatically post it on Facebook which will automatically post it on Tumblr at which point Skynet will become self-aware and the robotpocalypse will begin.
But since that hasn’t happened yet, let’s recap. Here are your Joseph Devon options:
1. Visit This Blog Regularly: You’ll get a couple of posts a week dealing either with the craft of writing or me making fun of something.
2. Tumblr: you’ll see a new photograph of mine every day. Plus whenever a new blog post appears on this site you’ll get notified with a link sending you back here. Also, my profile picture on there is me dressed as Neo from The Matrix.
3. Facebook: This is me, restrained. I’ll pop up a few times a week, never more than twice a day, with either a link to a review or a blog post I feel is worth sharing or something odd I’ve seen around town.
4. Twitter: I have no brakes on Twitter. This is like being inside my head. You’ll get links to every new blog post on here, every new photo on Tumblr, as well as frequent musings about nachos.
5. My Mailing List: In the upper right hand corner of this page is a place to enter your email address. This is the complete opposite of following me on Twitter. You will hear from me maybe four times a year via email whenever I have big news to announce.
Though if you want that little to do with me I doubt highly that you just read that blog post…but whatever.
Feel free to mix and match in order to create the custom Joseph Devon experience of your dreams.