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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Guest Blog: Missy Jane: Who Are You And Why Are You Following Me?

My wonderful husband of the past fifteen years is not exactly a social media guru. He’s on Facebook and Myspace simply because he likes to compete with my friend count. This doesn’t bother me, but I think it’s funny that of the two if us I know more about social networking. If you were to look “bookworm” up in the dictionary my picture will be there but you won’t know it’s me. I have a book in my face. It’s true that most of my online time is spent promoting my writing. If I didn’t have published books I might not ever sign into Twitter. However, I’m still learning the ropes of how to work my way around the world wide web and I think I might be getting the hang of it…maybe.

Not too long ago I updated my status on one site, then signed off and switched to another site to update my status there. When I signed into a third, my status had been updated with the same information twice. Oops. I forgot it would do that. I forgot that everything can easily be connected so I really only have to sign into one thing to update everything. This is a good system, I think, if I can just get the hang of it. On another day I posted a comment to the Houston Children’s Museum. I’d forgotten I was signed in as Missy Jane rather than my real name. My current avatar is my book cover with a bare male chest on it. Oops. At least I gave some other moms their daily eye-candy.

Aside from my online hiccups there are also people “following” and befriending me that I might never interact with offline. Sometimes that’s good, sometimes that’s bad, but it’s always very interesting. Overall, I think social networking is a great tool personally and professionally. I might not quite “get it” yet, but I’m having a blast learning.

Do you Twitter, Facebook and/or Myspace? I’m on all three as well as Goodreads, and a few other online forums. Check out my website for all of my links. Post a comment with one of your online hiccups and you could win a Missy Jane prize pack!

-Missy Jane

*Make reading a guilty pleasure…*

Two Week Trial, BLURB:
Hi. My name is Mari. I’m of average height, average weight, average looks and I hold an average position at Hardy’s All Goods, my personal version of retail hell. To sum up, I’m nothing special. So why has Devon Campbell, the city’s Most Eligible Bachelor—and my unrequited high-school crush—suddenly crashed back into my life, claiming I’m the one who got away?

Devon can’t possibly want to keep me for the long haul, right? My screwed-up past is enough to make anyone run screaming in the opposite direction. Still, he’s determined I give him a chance…and I’d be crazy to turn down his offer of a two-week trial.


Amber Skyze said...

The social medias have given us an advantage to connect with readers we wouldn't normally have.
Great blog.

Tina Donahue said...

I've tried social media like everyone else, but it does tend to take over your life. Frankly, I like face to face contact with friends I've known for years much better.

Your book sounds wonderful, Missy - may you have many happy sales. :)

Kim Bowman Author said...

I'm with you, would never do anything online but check my email if it wasn't for promoting my book! I'd much rather be reading or writing.

Missy Jane said...

Amber, Tina & Kim, thanks for reading my post and commenting. Many book sales to each of you too ;-)
Hope you're having a great week!

jean hart stewart said...

I'm still trying to get the hang of this whole business of social networking. I know I need a few lessons from an expert. Anybody want to volunteer?

Molly Daniels said...

I love FaceBook! I was dragged on to it, kicking and screaming, by my HS reunion organizer. And now it's my favorite site to connect with people.

I did have to laugh; people who NEVER spoke to me before were suddenly IM-ing me and gushing about the fact I'm an author. I decided to accept their friend request,just to see if the 'friendship' would continue once we met face to face again. And at the reunion....most of them ignored me after the 1st hour! You quickly learn who your true friends are:)

Miranda Stowe said...

I'm always following people I don't know...on social sites! But they do it back to me, so I guess we're all even. I'll be looking you up.

I've double posted a lot too!

Linda Kage said...

Yeah, what Miranda Stowe said because she's my alter ego and I really meant to post from my Linda Kage name. Sigh. I totally get where you're coming from trying to be muliple people online!

Missy Jane said...

Jean, I'm certainly no expert but I'd be happy to help if you have any specific questions. I've found just tossing my questions out to forums and yahoo groups are the best way to get answers.

Molly, I too was conned into first Myspace and then Facebook by a friend from high school. Now I'm kind of addicted to both :-)

Miranda/Linda, that's too funny! I've accepted your friend requests. Thank you!

Missy Jane said...

All of you wonderful ladies will be in the drawing for my prize pack. I work early tomorrow but will post the winner in the afternoon to allow for international readers to visit.
Thanks for your comments!

Missy Jane said...

Okay everyone, I'm back. Thank you again for reading my post and leaving your awesome comments! Now it's time to draw a winner...
Linda/Miranda, CONGRATULATIONS! You've won a Missy Jane prize pack :-)
Please email your address to: missy AT msmissyjane DOT com so I can get it into the mail.
Thank you!

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