I went online with my blog in August 2008. I joined Twitter and then sometime later I joined Facebook. Between the three and today, I have:
- Found a half dozen non-local critique partners
- Made online friends with two writers who later went into the writing industry
- Shared personal email with six published writers
- Talked to three separate literary agents about things other than book projects
- Found my political soul mate who was also a writer
- Had many online discussions with writers both non-published and published
- Found the writer I adored when growing up, online, and filled my library with her backlist. We exchanged electronic letters, leaving me one very happy reader
- Learned so many wonderful things I can even begin to describe them all
- Had an editor out of the blue email me to submit a short story because he liked my blog posts
I could go on.
All I did was go online and try to be honest. I’ve made some mistakes. I tend to babble. Sometimes I’ve bit my tongue so hard I almost had a brain aneurism.
All I did was go online and try to be friendly.
All I did was reach out without asking for things in return.
And I never stopped.
It really is that simple.