There’s much talk amongst publishing pals about ‘Media Platforms.’
For published authors, I guess this means a point at which your readers can contact you, find out more about you and where you can advertise yourself and your next book. For aspiring writers, it’s not so clear.
Do we all need a ‘Media Platform?’ Should we all Tweet and Blog and Bookface in this already overcrowded forum?
What do I know?
I know there are some great writing blogs out there and I like to read them – I’ve just updated my links to some of them but I’d highly recommend Notes From the Slushpile – Candy Gourlay’s blog that, since her release from the slushpile, has morphed into a shared platform for other authors and slushpilees.
I know that prospective editors and agents do Google potential writers – so if you are ‘building a platform’ you best treat it seriously.
I know that we are advised to know the purpose of a our blog and who our audience is.
And there I come unstuck.
Who is my audience? Why do I blog?
I’ve thought about it a lot, and the simple answer is, I enjoy it. In the old days of Snail Mail, I used to love writing letters to friends and family – I’d stick things in them: articles from magazines, buttons, sweets, photographs, feathers – silly things I’d picked up around the house – annoyingly – glitter.
My blog is just the same. It’s not a Media Platform at all – I’m doing it all wrong. I’m not profile building. I’m writing an open letter to family and friends stuffed with things that interest me.
If I could find a way to add sweets and glitter, I would :o)