Re: Chris Brogan’s post on the 97 Ideas for Building A Valuable Platform

This post inspired me to write something today about the over-saturation of social media. I already told you Who I follow, and Why but now it’s time for me to admit that I don’t /really/ follow as many people as my social media networks say that I do.

While I love to read the articles and blog posts that everyone posts, and I’m all too ready to click on links to check things out, I can’t spend all day every day reading everything that I come across. I have an almost-3 year old underfoot, and a second baby due in March… it takes up a lot of time. BUT I do make a lot of time for reading about writing, publishing and blogging, since… well, I like it.

I’ve got about a hundred followers on Twitter, and spend most of my internet time there, reading others’ links and posting commentary or retweets. I’m following nearly sixty people, and that means I’ve got a lot to sort through! I can’t imagine getting up into the thousands, but maybe I will someday.

The most crucial piece of advice that I see, through all of these posts and links and articles and blogs, is that you cannot be a writer without writing. You cannot be an author without getting word on paper (or screen!) first and foremost. All the editing in the world can’t help a project that has no words.

With that being said, I apologize for the rambling, but I’ve got to get back to work on my current work-in-progress. If I want to be a writer, I have to go write. Don’t worry, though, I’ll keep you posted on my progress. 😉