Do you remember when we were kids and the preferred way to reach out and let people know what you were doing was snail mail? Writing letters, postcards, affixing stamps, and putting it in the hands of the trusty postal carrier to deliver, so relaxing. People were happy to hear from you. They were genuinely interested to hear about your news... even if it was a few days or perhaps a week old by the time it reached you. Life moved at a much slower pace back then.
Now, we have evolved into an era of fast, furious, instant gratification and information delivered faster - almost - than you can type an address. There aren't just two ways to reach people anymore - letters and post cards - now there's Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Email, Blogs, and a host of others. How can one possibly choose what's right for them... there's an electronic pulse of undulating delivery systems all vying for attention... and in the end, if you try to be all things to all people, it becomes a huge time-suck!
For the past several years, I've been reticent to delve deeper into the social media pond than I have - sticking primarily to Facebook and E-newsletters. Recently, however, I've noticed what my fellow writers are doing, and I am discovering that I am falling far short on the measuring stick of outreach simply because I'm not where people can find me - enough. Sure, people discover what's going on with my writing career through Facebook and the occasional newsletter... but my colleagues are garnering more attention, and it's all because they're quacking louder, and in more places, finding people of diverse social media choices where they live... on the platforms they frequent.
And still, I've been grappling with the question of which platforms are right for me, and how can I best utilize those information streams to share my life and my work - while simultaneously refraining from badgering people to the point of alienating them completely. It's a difficult conundrum.
So, after much "compare and contrast" research, Drake and I have made the decision to swim deeper out into the Social Media Pond, and see if paddling closer to new shores brings benefit to our lives and to our friends' lives.
We've decided on the sticking to just a few platforms, because, after all, who has the time to disperse information in so many places... and, for that matter, who has time to read it all!
Just like always, you can find us on Facebook, and via Drake's Newsly Thingy... but beginning in March, we'll be adding LInkedIn, Twitter, and Pinterest to our repertoire. The streams are live now, although sparsely furnished. Drake and I would greatly appreciate it if you would kindly click on one or more of the icons below, and follow us on the platform of your choice. More content will be appearing as March draws near... and continuing throughout the year. If you follow us, we'll promise to follow you back, cross our feathers!
Thank you for your support!
Diana Kathryn Plopa
I love being in love; writing; reading; mammals of nearly every kind, and especially micro-humans! Come enjoy my world with me - Secret Decoder Ring not required!!