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Greetings, Kittens!

Social media has been on my mind a great deal lately and I'm doing my best to overcome my nature and master the finer points of it. I'll be honest, I forget Twitter is out there until someone reminds me and I was invited to Dreamwidth, but basically forgot about it as well. While figuring out a blog I could to concerning social media, I realized that I could actually list 13 Social Media Sites that I'm a part of, so mayhaps I'm not as bad as I thought.

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1. Livejournal. Always better to start with the obvious. I love the communities at LJ and the ability to keep up with the blogs of friends, but I admit, I'm not here as often as I wish. 

2. Beyond the Veil. This is a group blog with fellow paranormal authors from Samhain Publishing and other houses. We rotate with set days that brings us down to one blog a month, just my speed.

3. Facebook. I definitely spend most of my time here. Between status updates, notes, fan pages, discussions and games, it's one stop shopping.

4. Twitter. Once I open it, I follow along and all is well; but I have to remember to open it. FB makes Twitter a little redundant for me, but I understand how Twitter is truly a different animal and runs at a different speed. I'll get the hang of it eventually.

5. GoodReads. Love, love, love my GR groups. I can't wait until I have more time to spend there and more discussions to jump into. I'm looking forward to my new release going up there and starting a few giveaways and conversations.

6. Romance Divas. This is a site for writers and readers. It was closed for a time but has opened up for a limited opportunity in celebration of it's latest award, (101 Best Websites for Writers). I've learned so much there and all of the help has been priceless!

7. Liquid Silver Books. My publishers forum. I'm not as active on the public side of the forum as I should be. But I'm getting better and have plans for expanding my presence there now that both of my series will have a second book out and I can create threads about the worlds.

8. AfterEllen. This is a site for multi-media news concerning lesbian, bisexual and sexually fluid women. From shows to books to movies, it's everything of interests as far as representation and items of interest. I love the blogs and forums, and again, I don't spend nearly as much time there as I'd like.

9. YouTube. Perhaps the ultimate social media site, I'm here daily, primarily watching vids but also talking to vidders and learning the skill myself.

10. ARe Cafe. A newer installment from All Romance Ebooks, the format isn't a favorite, but at least I learned it quickly and I've enjoyed the conversations, so this is a win.

11. The Romance Studio. I'm still brand new here, but they're having a party from midnight to midnight of the 5th, so I'll get to try it out and see what it's all about.

12. The Romance Reviews. I learned about them when they reviewed GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST and I signed up, but honestly I haven't been back often, again, because of the format. But I figured that once I get ARe down, I can transfer those skills to TRR and see what happens.

13. GLBT Bookshelf. This is a wiki for writers of GLBT fiction. I don't remember how I found it, but I'm glad to have another page out there, especially one that caters to readers specifically looking for bisexual and sexually fluid fiction. It was easy to set up once I switched browsers and it allows for comments, so I'm looking forward to where it could go.

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(Anonymous)
May. 5th, 2011 08:59 am (UTC)
I'm at some of these, but I find by the time I do my writing for the day and blog hopping, I spread myself pretty thin. Being an author and promoting is a full time job in itself!

Shelley
www.shelleymunro.com
xakara
May. 5th, 2011 10:20 am (UTC)
Right?! I completely understand why entire companies exist that do nothing but promotion, it's its own full time gig, I swear. It's the reason I've limited myself to places I enjoy or can come to enjoy, because in the end it needs to be a conversation to really be worth the time.
(Anonymous)
May. 5th, 2011 09:21 am (UTC)
The Gal Herself from One Gal's Musings
Loved your Twitter comment. I'm with you on that. I love it for specific moments -- like the live-Tweeting during the Grammy awards was a blast! But I it feels like I often go forever without even opening it, much less participating in it. I'm always surprised when how influential it is.
xakara
May. 5th, 2011 10:22 am (UTC)
Re: The Gal Herself from One Gal's Musings
I'm not alone! It's just so hard for me to get into twitter. I fall into conversations with friends and acquaintances, but I don't ever really think to jump in and share every little thought. That's what facebook is for and I get more characters to do it in. *grin*. But I'll get it down, I just need more practice.
bonheursdaily.blogspot.com
May. 5th, 2011 11:41 am (UTC)
wow, many of those i haven't heard about until today.

happy TT!:)
xakara
May. 5th, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC)
Really? That means I'm even ahead, look at that! *grin*
(Anonymous)
May. 5th, 2011 12:02 pm (UTC)
I used Facebook and Youtube. Feel the same about Twitter. I joined Linkedin but don't understand it. Technorati used to be good but it's dead to me since they redid it. http://looseleafnotes.com
xakara
May. 6th, 2011 01:08 am (UTC)
I do not have the hang of Linkedin at all! I'd love to figure it out because there are some great people there, but I just haven't had a chance and intro to really "get" it. But give me time.
(Anonymous)
May. 5th, 2011 12:44 pm (UTC)
Yep, Social Media is everywhere
So many places to communicate. :) Social Media is everywhere.
xakara
May. 5th, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Yep, Social Media is everywhere
I know, it blankets the planet like sunshine...or herpes!
Adelle Laudan
May. 5th, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
I really can't imagine adding another venue to my list. Facebook is my drug of choice. I like Goodreads, but haven't learned how to utilize it properly. Twitter, is definitely a time zapper:) I don't know how people follow conversations all day long. I'd never get anything done. I was just looking around my house. I really need to take a day off and catch up on chores lol
Happy T13!
xakara
May. 5th, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC)
I hear you on that. I'm well behind on the housework I want done. Fortunately it waits for me. :)
(Anonymous)
May. 5th, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC)
Alice Audrey
I'm on a lot of this, from Diva's to Facebook. I'm also on Linkin, and Blogfrog.
xakara
May. 5th, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Alice Audrey
How could I have forgotten to share Linkin? Oh yeah, I haven't figured out how to use it yet. But still, I should have listed it. :)
readingromances.wordpress.com
May. 5th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
Wow! Love your top 13! Why dind't I think about it? Dang!lol

Thanks so much for stopping at my blog! Did you check the small blogs, big giveaways post? Everyone's welcomed to join the project!

C ya next week!
xakara
May. 5th, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
I was tired so I don't think I did, but I'll go back and have a look as soon as I get a chance. Thanks for the reminder.
wordtrix.blogspot.com
May. 5th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
I only particiapte in two of these, GoodReads and Romance Divas.
xakara
May. 5th, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
No facebook? See, I understand how twitter addicts look at me when I mention not being on. I wouldn't know what to do without facebook. *grin*
KMenozzi
May. 5th, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
I guess I'm not very social!
At least, I'm not, compared to you! LOL! It seems like you're everywhere!
xakara
May. 5th, 2011 09:23 pm (UTC)
Re: I guess I'm not very social!
I know! I join for the potential of being social as a way to counterbalance my antisocial inclinations! *grin*
mercysworld.com
May. 6th, 2011 12:55 am (UTC)
There are some in the list I am part of, there are others I didnt even know about that I will have to check out. Thanks!
xakara
May. 6th, 2011 01:08 am (UTC)
I hope you enjoy the ones you find when you start exploring! :)
RachelR77
May. 6th, 2011 12:56 am (UTC)
Wow, I didn't know there were this many social networks. Guess I should climb out from under my rock. Lol
xakara
May. 6th, 2011 01:10 am (UTC)
I felt that way when I saw the poster I used for the banner. I have one with even more things on it and I'm rather surprised I can list so many and still left a few off. I feel so entrenched in my little corner, I had no idea it was bigger than it looked. *wink*
(Anonymous)
May. 6th, 2011 11:05 am (UTC)
Gosh. With all of that, how do you find time for anything else?
xakara
May. 6th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
It's more a matter of not finding time for all of it. But once I get the hang of how a site works, I'm able to jump in with conversations and only reply to those (per email alerts). It actuallly works pretty wel. :)
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