Friday, April 27, 2012

April Platform Challenge: Day 27

Okay, I know I'm not going to make any friends with today's task, but I have to do it. More importantly, you have to do it. That is, you need to push out of that comfort zone (for at least the month of April, which is now nearly over).


Don't close the door on new social media sites.

For today's task, join one new social media site. I will leave it up to you to decide which new social media site it will be. Maybe Pinterest (the surging dynamo) or possibly Goodreads (popular with writers who love to read--aka, the best kind) or even RedRoom (another popular site for authors).

If you're already signed up on all three of those sites, then heck, I'll give you a free pass today--unless there's a new site you've been meaning to check out (and there probably is if you're already a member of so many social media sites). It's my gift to you for being so proactively experimental.

Click here to check out my Ultimate Guide to Social Media.

To everyone who doesn't want another site to join...


I understand your frustration and exhaustion. During a normal month, I'd never suggest someone sign up for so many social media sites in such a short period of time, but this isn't a normal month. We're in the midst of a challenge!

And no, I don't expect you to spend a lot of time on every social media site you join. That's not always the point when you first sign up. No, you sign up to poke around and see if the site interests you at all. See if you have any natural connections. Try mingling a little bit.

If the site doesn't appeal to you, feel free to let it be for a while. Let me share a story with you.

How I Came to Rock Facebook and Twitter


My Facebook and Twitter accounts both boast more than 5,000 followers (or friends/subscribers) today. But both accounts were originally created and abandoned, because they just weren't right for me at the time that I signed up.

For Facebook, I just didn't understand why I would abandon a perfectly good MySpace account to play around on a site that didn't feature the same level of music and personal blogging that MySpace did. But then, MySpace turned into Spam-opolis, and the rest is history.

For Twitter, I just didn't get the whole Tweet concept, because Facebook already had status updates. Why Tweet when I could update my status on Facebook?

But I've gained a lot professionally and personally from Facebook and Twitter--even though they weren't the right sites for me initially. In fact, Google+ is sort of in that area for me right now. I don't use it near enough, but I started an account, because it just feels like a place that will explode sooner or later. It's not like Facebook is going to be around forever.

Click here to check out the Tangible Power of Social Media.

The Importance of Experimentation


Or as I prefer to think of it: The importance of play. You should constantly try new things, whether in your writing, your social media networks, or the places you eat food. Not only does it make life more exciting and provide you with new experiences and perspective, but it also helps make you a more well-rounded human being.

So don't complain about joining a new social media site. Instead, embrace the excuse to try something new, especially when there are only three more tasks left this month (and I promise no more new sites after today).

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Learn About Platform, the Back Door Way.

This live webinar is set for May 24 (2012) and will be taught by one of my favorite presenters: C. Hope Clark! If you've never attended a presentation by Hope, you'll be amazed by the overwhelming wave of information with which she'll flood you. She's amazing. Plus, all registrants will receive a personalized critique on their personal projects, which is an amazing deal in and of itself.

Click to continue.

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Need to catch up or re-visit earlier challenge tasks? Here are the most recent:

82 comments:

Anne Kimball said...

OK, Robert, you're off the hook for today. I count Pinterest as my additional site, as I joined it some time ago. And it ROCKS! I know there are a lot of haters out there, but to me it's like the only one I'm on that I'm on for ME, not b/c I have some ulterior motive for world domination. I pin stuff b/c it makes me feel like I'm 13 again, making collages from my favorite magazines. And it lets me dream of how beautiful my garden could be, how elegant my parties could be, how tasty my food could be IF ONLY....
I love it!

I'm feeling kind towards you now, Robert, instead of the usual morning hatred. So you go and have a wonderful day now....

CERN Wife said...

I joined Red Room - something I've been meaning to do for several years, when its previous incarnation was just a support forum for authors, before it turned into a social media site.

Misky said...

I joined Goodreads. Seems a good site. Didn't know about it.

Blyth McManus said...

Just the nudge I needed to get over to Goodreads and finally sign up! And thanks for alerting me to Red Room; I had not been aware of that site before and look forward to exploring it.

I'm already using Pinterest as a giant happy playground. For me, no online site comes closer to Pinterest in terms of being this much fun and still a good networking tool.

I'm still slogging through some of the previous tasks... but for this one, count me more than Done! Yippee!

J. B. Everett said...

I'm already on Pinterest (although haven't really leveraged it yet) and Goodreads. I joined Redroom, so we'll see how it all fits together.

margo said...

Pinterest, Red Room, She Writes, Hello Poetry, Writing Our Way Home... so many sites, no time, which has not stopped me koining.

margo said...

...or joining. It's early.

Erika D. said...

Oh, Robert. You are testing me today! I don't think I can do this one. At least, not today. I don't dispute your sound arguments--and they're beginning to persuade me--but, just as I continue to #resistpinterest, I'm going to resist today's challenge. For now. Not done!

Lauren Miller said...

I've already joined Pinterest and Goodreads but I'll take a look at RedRoom.

bolton carley said...

I'm on Pinterest! May have to sneak over and check out Redroom still. I realized I hadn't been commenting to say my tasks were done, but I'm excited to say I got offered a guest blog from a non-platform member without them knowing I needed to do one! Very excited! Thanks, Robert, for forcing my hand. I sure hope it continues to pay off! I'm looking forward to a summer off where I can focus on doing more with all these tools.

Mary Bauer said...

I just joined Goodreads. I am excited about it, even though earlier this month I didn't think I would want to join another site. I have several shelves of books at home and at work(classroom) and I'm always looking for more.

AC Leming said...

Joined goodreads, will look at the others once this month of hell, er, challenges is done...grrr, got up too frelling early due to dog ears flap-flap-flapping at 4am.

To quote this great big button i bought during my first week of finals at CSU in 1987, "Have a day," Robert! : |

Lynn said...

I'm on Goodreads (had been) and Pinterest (thanks to this challenge), but went to a site I've neglected She Writes and added a friend.

De said...

Done. Just joined Goodreads. Still "De Jackson."
Thank you.

De said...

Done. Just joined Goodreads. Still "De Jackson."
Thank you.

Jennifer said...

I was already on Goodreads, which I love and at this point in time I have not interest in Pinterest so I signed up for Red Room. I had heard of it before but had not explored it. Any site where authors gather sounds like somewhere I want to be so I was glad to sign up. Thanks for the idea.

Lynn Daue said...

Hmm. Redroom it is, I suppose, because I'm already on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and JacketFlap ...

Rowanwolf said...

OK Im on Goodreads and Pinterest too.

Michelle Reynoso said...

I'm already on Goodreads (http://bit.ly/IxjYGl), so I joined RedRoom. Waiting to hear if I'm accepted.

AlvaradoFrazier said...

Already on Pinterest
http://pinterest.com/alvaradofrazier/ I really like it for writing inspiration and storyboards. On Redroom too, but honestly don't keep up with it. Sometimes I get over to Goodreads about once a quarter, after I've read 3 or 4 books.

Dana Dampier said...

I'm on all the others... so, off to check out Red Room!

Muddy said...

I'm on GoodReads, and there's a group of us MNINB over there, so come find us!

I just joined Pinterest, but need to explore more.
I will check out Redroom...although I don't like the name. Too reminiscent of The Shining's "Redrum" creepy kid.

Sarah Negovetich said...

I also had a pinterest account that I wasn't using. I accepted the invitation and then ignored the site for the past year. Today I pinned my first thing. Now I need to bake. :)

the whatnot shop said...

Okay, okay, I have an invitation to Pinterest sitting in my in-box that I've been "ignoring." I will go ahead and join. Maybe I can use it for my pinning pictures of the world I'm creating in my novel.

How funny, Muddy, I had that same thought about Red Room reminding me of The Shining!! I will still check it out and Good Reads, too. Oh ... and even a new restaurant! (After my GM Diet is over on Sunday.)
:-D

Susan P said...

I decided to poke around in Red Room for a bit and liked what I saw. I put in a request to join and am hoping they accept me. Neat.

Lara Schiffbauer said...

I have a Pinterest account, but I think I'll give Goodreads a try. I read an interesting article on Writer Unboxed about how it helps to connect with people outside the "regular" circles, something I've been thinking a lot about. I just haven't gotten to it yet, so today is a perfect day!

Gerry said...

I went to Red Room, grumbling all the way, and I joined. I like what I see. There will be a learning curve there, I think, but I'm looking forward to exploring.

I like Goodreads, but I tend to neglect posting the books I read, although it's nice to share lists with friends. One of my sons posts frequently and often writes reviews. It's good to post your reviews; if you make them accessible, you may find that people read and "like" them.

Thanks, Robert, for the push. Once the challenge is over, I'm afraid I won't be able to keep up with all of these activities and get any writing done, but I do feel much more knowledgeable than when we started.

Rhonda Parrish said...

I tried to talk myself into signing up for RedRoom (I have zero interest in Pintrest, I looked into it a few months ago when my friend Beth first started using it), but I can't do it. I already use five social media websites (Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Goodreads and Live Journal) and I think that's plenty. If I signed up for another one I wouldn't use it, and I'd be doing it just to complete today's challenge, so... yeah, I'll have to bow out on this one.

~ Rhonda Parrish

Julia Tomiak said...

Thanks for the heads up about the MNINB group on Good Reads - will look for it. I'm on Good Reads (will look for new friends) and just started Pinterest (help, please). I will look at Red Room (or Google +, which I skipped earlier - *gasp*)

caryl said...

My friends have been raving about Pinterest and I haven't made time to check it out. I'll do that. But I'll also join Goodreads because it keeps coming up in advice for writers.

I ain't scared.

GoingVeggie said...

Okay. Your words were defensive in advance, so I'll chill. I have a half-hearted Good Reads site and a totally nekkid Pinterest site, so I hope that resurrecting the two will count. I'll even go for the Red Room.

@Anne Kimball: That is a good way to look at Pinterest -- for myself.. but can I still dream of world domination?

Melanie Cole said...

Done! Just finished signing up for GoodReads. Already loving it!

Skipperhammond@gmail.com said...

That was easy. I asked for an "invite" (social media speak for invitation) to Pinterest and was put on their waiting list. What nerve!

hcfbutton said...

I'm already on Pinterest, Goodreads, Ravelry (for knitters and crocheters - hey it links to my blog! i'll take followers from anywhere) and Flickr. I think that's enough without Redroom. Though, I'll do that when I have more content...

Barbara Morrison said...

I was already on GoodReads and not interested in Pinterest. I joined RedRoom which I'd never heard of before, so thanks for turning me onto that.

Beth Stilborn said...

A discussion about Pinterest in the SCBWI group on LinkedIn persuaded me that my concerns about it were groundless, so your task today sent me over there. I have requested an invitation, and am patiently waiting for that to come through.

I hope to be able to use it to forward my arts-for-kids advocacy, rather than for my writing.

Thanks for the kick in the pants, Robert, although I admit it was the comments on the SCBWI question thread that changed my mind about trying it. (But I'm on LinkedIn because of the challenge, and I took the plunge to start the ball rolling on Pinterest because of the challenge, so it's all good.)

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Romelle Broas said...

I already signed up with GoodReads This task is not so bad. As long as it doesn't take too much time, I won't complain. You already got me used to signing up for things that I do it without arguing now. :o)
so now it's Red Room for me. Sounds intriguing. I'm pending approval from them.

Just a note: I signed up with pinterest about a month ago. I didn't realize I had to be "approved" too? I haven't heard back. I thought you just signed up like Twitter and Facebook and you're in. Hmmm....

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Pat Walsh said...

Done! I am now a member of Goodreads, and I've applied to join their "Goodreads Author" program so I can manage the book and profile info for my two published books.

My url over there is: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/9106814-patrick-walsh

Might I also recommend Shelfari (www.shelfari.com) to everyone? I've found it to be a fun site for interacting with other readers, and a good place to find out about reading habits and interests, as well as details about how people are reacting to particular books.

As for the whole idea of joining another social networking site, I'm in favor of at least exploring what different sites have to offer. As you point out, the usefulness of a given site will likely ebb and flow with the progression of my own interests and career arc.

imunuri said...

DOne - GOodreads and Pinterest

Elizabeth Saunders said...

Done - I joined Goodreads. What a time sink! - but hopefully just for getting started. I know Pinterest would be even worse; I'm so easily distracted. (Although whatnotshop, pinning pics for my novel is a tempting idea...)

F.S. (Sharon) Vander Meer said...

Done.

Khara House said...

Oh, Robert, you rascal! Do you know what you've done? I signed up for Red Room, alright ... and then I started poking around on my blog and other pages, and wound up signing up for HootSuite and SocialOomph, and a couple other sites just to see how they work!

...I need a new social media calendar! Ha-ha.

Laura Diane said...

I was going to get around to Goodreads sometime this weekend so you're prodding just got me there sooner. I'm just glad you didn't say we had to sign up for Pinterest. It would be too seductive for my addictive personality.

Thanks for the prod. This challenge has really opened new vistas for me and put the creative spark back into some of my ideas.

Veronica Roth said...

Well, that was easy, But Robert, you never did say HOW you came to rock Facebook and Twitter with more than 5K followers.

Nicole said...

Hey Nicole here. Done. I signed up with GoodReads. Thank you for the suggestions, I love to read.
Until tomorrow

Kelly Ann Williamson said...

Done...waiting on my acceptance email from RedRoom. Looks interesting and different from other social media sites I am using.

Kirra said...

I'm on Goodreads. I'll be friends with anyone who wants to friend me.

Jane Ann McLachlan said...

Pinterest doesn't interest me, so i checked out Goodreads. It offered to suggest books I might like - since Amazon is already driving me so crazy doing this that I wish I'd never ordered books from them, I decided to give Goodreads a pass.
That left Red Room. So I opened an account. It looks cool - clubs and discussions and promo advice and if I want to pay the steep price of an Author page, publicity and sales.
What really amazed me was how much easier it has become to analyze and sign up for and use new social media sites over this month. When I started, I had to have my daughter help me with Twitter and Wopdpress - now, i can't imagine what I needed help with! Thanks NotBob!!

Beth Stilborn said...

I wonder how long it takes for the Pinterest invitation to actually come through? Robert, you've likely caused a logjam in the system with all of us challengers wanting to sign up at the same time! ;)

After dragging my feet about joining Pinterest, I suppose it's only fitting that they drag their feet about inviting me in. ;)

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan said...

Done... RedRoom is the only one I am not already part of, but I really do not need another. I have a life too...

Kyle Robinson said...

I sent for an invite to Pinarrest and I'm signing up for Goodreads and Red Room. The more the better, I think.

Lara Britt said...

Thx for making me relook at GoodReads. I didn't realize that when I joined in November, I didn't bother to fill out a profile. Done.
Also for bonus points. SheWrites, RedRoom, & Pininterest. The last one I'm 1/2 hearted about...and they must know it, b/c they waitlisted me! Already in at RedRoom. What a kick!

Donna said...

I have been able to work on a few challenges sitting here in the hospital with my Mom, but not all of them. I did finish. Trying Red Book :-)

Terri Hall @ 11713 said...

I have added Red Room. I have been on Pinterest and GoodReads. Thanks for your input about these social media sites. I do not have so many followers, but aspire to match your 5,000...some day.

Erika D. said...

Can someone please provide a link for the MNINB group on Goodreads?

Thanks!

Louise Behiel said...

I'm a member of all of them now. wow. but i use fB and twitter the most.

Elissa Field said...

Done. I joined Pinterest awhile back, but have been adding to it throughout this month. I really like it now, although you have to have 10-20 things pinned before it starts to really reveal something enjoyable. I have boards for writing projects, travel, design... I like it. I joined Red Room in the past month or so, as well as SoulPancake and
Figment, which are both worksharing sites for writers. Joined, but have not yet played around enough to know how much I value them. Last, I have had a Goodreads acct in my business name for years, but just added one for Elissa Field, the name I use for fiction and all this social media. Slowly, I'll get my reading lists converted over. I have had some people here connect with me through Pin & Goodreads - I welcome it!

Joy Weese Moll said...

I was already on Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/joyweesemoll/) and Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/293164-joy-weese-moll). So, I joined Red Room. Now I'm waiting for them to accept me.

Madeline Sharples said...

I'm off the hook for today. I'm on Pinterest (which I love), Goodreads and Red Room. Actually I love them all. Please find me at all three places.

Susan Craig said...

Done. But I still don't know why my comments don't always link back to me. It seems to vary from site to site.

Susan Craig said...

Alright, that time I hit the enter button prematurely...Trying again.

Susan Craig said...

Now I think I've got it.

Anne Marie said...

Done - I am on GoodReads already. Pinterest is coming later.

Diane said...

Done. I am on Goodreads so I joined Red Room.

writingwithbothsidesofmybrain said...

Poor goodreads is getting inundated thanks to you. The learning curve at each new place is frustrating, but then all learning is at first.

MaryPf said...

I signed up with Goodreads a while ago and then decided not to do anything with it. Until...they sent an invitation to join Anna Quindlen in a video chat last week. Fascinating, and a nice encore to her interview that aired on NPR days earlier. I guess I like Goodreads now.

F.S. (Sharon) Vander Meer said...

Done.

Denise Stanley said...

Ok, done. I finally signed up for Goodreads. I didn't rate or view any books for now, but I signed up.

E. B. Pike said...

I'm on Goodreads! Thanks for the pass, Robert! I love to keep track of my TBR and get ideas from others on the site. All writers are readers first, right?

:)

Claudine Jaboro said...

Done! I'm already on Red Room although I need to check it out more thoroughly. But I joined Goodreads because so many MNINB peeps were inviting me via Facebook. I'm glad I joined. It's a pretty cool site!

Kerry said...

I just joined Goodreads. I didn't know there were so many books I still must read.

Lauri Meyers said...

I did Goodreads earlier in the week and redrum today.

Janann Giles said...

Done - Good Reads

Kendra Merritt said...

Done. I'm counting Goodreads, though I joined a while ago.

Brooke Ryter said...

Joined Goodreads!!

Shirley is not my name said...

I joined Goodreads weeks ago and Pinterest recently. I don't really use them especially Pinterest. My brain just can't take trying to decipher more techy-gobbly-gook!

Kasie Whitener said...

Done. I'd already joined Goodreads but I just got into the MNINB group. And updated my bookshelves.

Paul Ellis said...

Done.
http://dsnite.blogspot.com/2012/04/it-middle-school-gym-all-over-again.html

Monica Miller said...

I joined Goodreads! I am excited. I have been wanting to join that, so thank you for this challenge, Robert.

Pennie De Witt said...

I did it! I joined Pinterest just because I have friends who are on there. Turns out I have 148 friends there from Facebook. I also added Tumblr, Goodreads and Red Room to my master to-do list. Thanks again, as always!