|Get it? Face + book = Facebook? Get it? Ah, nevermind.|
For today's task, create a profile on Facebook. Simple as that. If you don't have one, it's as easy as going to http://www.facebook.com/ and signing up. It takes maybe 5 or 10 minutes. If that.
Most readers probably already have a Facebook profile, and that's fine. If you have already created a profile (or are doing so today), I suggest checking out these posts to make sure you're covering the basics in handling your profile:
- 10 Facebook Tips for Writers. This post includes some essential things writers should consider when completing or fixing up their Facebook profiles and Facebook usage.
- 6 Tips for Writers to Own the New Facebook Timelines. Around the end of 2011, many of the Facebook profiles were changing over to this new timeline design. It's probably the de facto design for new users now, but here are some tips on handling this transition. If you haven't switched over yet, now may be the time to go for it.
- Use your real name. Whatever you use as your byline and however you wish people to think of you, that's the name you need to use for your profile. I don't refer to myself as Robby Brewer on Facebook; instead, I use my byline: Robert Lee Brewer.
- Complete your profile completely. Even if you don't have a lot to say, complete your about me section. Include ways for people to contact you via e-mail. Include education and work history.
- Use your account regularly. A dead account isn't going to help you much. So make an effort to get on once every day or so and share a quote or like a status update of a friend or just do anything. You don't need to do a lot--just let the Facebook world know you're still alive.
Of course, it'll also help to make you worth contacting as well, but we'll get to that throughout the month.
Have fun Facebooking today!
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Create an Author Website in 24 Hours or Less
This webinar, led by e-media guru Jane Friedman (who was just named the new Web Editor of Virginia Quarterly Review), shares 5 simple web design services to help writers create codeless websites in an hour or less, absolute must-haves for every author site, how to integrate social media sharing tools on your site, and more.
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