Saturday, January 27, 2018

Thoughts on Social Media and the Blog

Hey everyone!

You may have noticed that I have been pretty quiet of late. Just when I think I have a handle on keeping the blog and my Social Media presence updates, life stuff gets in the way.

Don't worry. I am not going anywhere and I have some big plans for 2018 for this place of mine on the web. One of the big things revolving around how I utilize Social Media to get visitors such as yourself here.

Let's face it. Twitter is a breeding pool for all kinds of nastiness lately and I honestly do not want to spend any more time on there than is absolutely necessary. I just get angry and how narrow-minded and selfish people really are. And I am tired of all the hate. The result is that I will be using Twitter for blog update posts only. So, if you do find your way here from my tweets, that part won't change at all. I will just be less engaging on that platform.

However, I need to make up for that and will be a lot more active on Instagram. It is relatively free from nasty trolls and has a lot of opportunities to engage with a wider audience. I also dabble in photography, so it has been fun to play around with images and filters. Give me a follow on there if you aren't already. @urbanisedgeek of course!

Also, I am getting so tired of Bloggers, BookTubers, and other reviewers all reviewing the same titles at the same time. I used to think that I had to do this in order to stay relevant. But, who honestly wants to see the same titles being rehashed all the time?

 Of course, I will still chat about new releases but I would also like to give older and lesser-known titles some appreciation too. This will include Indie authors both locally and abroad.

Another thing I am working on is my review format. It's not exactly spicy and engaging currently, and I really want to come up with something more concise and structured. This will mean no copy-pasting of blurbs and something more personal and hopefully still informative too.

Authors are welcome to contact me to have their books reviewed, although if you fall outside my range of tastes, please do not be sad if I decline review copies of your books.

That's about it for now! Any comments and suggestions are always welcome.

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