I created my blog and its Twitter feed (I think that’s what it’s called?!) two weeks ago now and I just wanted to write a quick post about my thoughts on it so far.
If you read my first post, you’ll know why I started this blog. I don’t think it would have occurred to me to create a blog and a publishing focused Twitter account if it had not been a task set at university, but I’m so glad that I did. The amount that I’ve learned about publishing in the past two weeks outside of my course is incredible, and I don’t think I could have found so much information without the aid of Twitter. By following publishing houses, booksellers, and publishing bigwigs, as well as indie self-publishing authors, I have been able to see the range of issues and trends that different sorts of people are concerned with. I have also been able to engage with a number of people on there who I would not otherwise have a chance to converse with, and that’s really exciting. I was absolutely thrilled to receive a tweet from Karen McCombie, who was one of my favourite authors when I was young. At the start of the month, I was a total Twitter newbie, and now have about 180 followers. It is great to know that there are some people who can find my blog if they want to as, without social media, I think my blog would be a little bit lost in cycberspace!
Now I’ve gotten into the blogging routine, I feel that I have successfully dedicated a lot of my free time to reading productively around my course, and my only regret is that I didn’t create something like this to help focus my independent study as an undergraduate.