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Social Media Accounts – Too Many?

Man, it’s been a while since I did one of these reflection posts – and apparently, beginning my posts with the word “Reflection” isn’t good for SEO – who knew?

But anyway, what I’m here to talk about is social media accounts, and how we go about updating them.

Now, before I go on, to be clear, I don’t use Facebook as I have serious issues with their terms of service (I’ll probably end up needing to get an account there at some point, but want to hold off on that for as long as possible), and still, I get overwhelmed figuring out what to put where and how to keep everything up to date.

Here is what I have:

  • This blog
  • One Twitter page
  • One ask.fm page
  • Three active DeviantArt accounts
  • Three practically unused Google/gmail accounts
  • Several barely-used accounts on various forums

And yet this is nothing compared to what I hear some people have.

Apparently, each social media site has its strengths and weaknesses, things that belong there and things that don’t.  Twitter is best for more frequent, short updates, while the others are better updated less often.  Ask.fm is more a specialty site for fun, and not really meant for serious updates – more a way to let followers learn more about me.

DeviantArt is for artists, and as an artist, I find it a great way to communicate with other artists, get feedback, share work.  And they allow multiple accounts too, which is good for keeping separate portfolios and allowing people to follow what they want.  I have one main account, one for my papercraft, and a third for anime con cosplay photos.  So each of these has its own subset of my art it takes – and their journals are practically becoming additional blogs.

The downside of having multiple accounts, though, is not knowing which one to use when I want to comment on somebody else’s art – and the fact that all of them except the most active (currently, the papercraft one), tend to get neglected.  I’ve often considered combining them, but find it would be more trouble than it’s worth.

Plus, DeviantArt has llamas.

And then there’s the all-important gmail/Google account.  I don’t use gmail for my main e-mail, but ended up getting multiple accounts here for throw-away e-mails and various alt-accounts.  I had one I used back in college, another for my previous work on a Star Control fan project, Project 6014 (really hope that thing gets revived some day), and another I think because I needed another unique e-mail for something.

I barely use any of them.  Google isn’t exactly known for privacy, so I’m not really a Google Drive user (they try to claim the rights to your stuff).  It’s mostly just for when something requires me to sign in.

So maybe it’s not too many – each of them has a role that another can’t replace, but sometimes, it sure feels like it.

So, how about you?  How many social media accounts do you have?  Do you have trouble keeping them organized?  Or tips for me to better get organized on social media?

Hope to see you on my blog or some other social media account next week.  For now, White Rakogis is signing off!

Reflection: Disillusionment and the Nature of the Internet

So, mid-2013, I came onto the Internet with a few finished stories, and a plan.  I’d get my stories out there, hopefully find some followers, and slowly gather fans.  I’d get some valuable feedback, meet friends, and hopefully pave the road for ultimately being published.

Sadly, like everybody who starts down a road, I had big dreams, big visions, but it all clashed with the reality of the situation.  It’s a fight to get a blog noticed, an even bigger one to get real, legitimate comments.  So many aspects of Internet culture just seem to clash with the way things should work.  Lately, I’ve gotten a bit disillusioned about the whole thing.

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Reflection: 2014, and 2015

So last Thursday was New Year’s Day.  Now, traditionally on New Year’s, people reflect on what happened in the past year make resolutions on things they want to change (that usually end up getting broken within a couple weeks), so I figure it’s a perfect topic for the first reflection post of 2015!

So, where did I go wrong in 2014?  Well, my writing progress has slowed down a bit.  I guess I’ve been a bit distracted, and thus, haven’t been able to write as much as I’d hoped.  I’m resolving to try and get more focus, and sit down and write a bit as often as I can.

Usually, once I sit down, I can get quite a bit done.  The problem is sitting down to write.

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Reflection: Other Venues for My Stories

So, right now, I’m still trying to get my stories out there as much as possible.  Naturally, that means I’ve been looking for other places I can post them.

Of course, this blog is my main means of posting them, and the only place I am posting some of my stuff, including these reflection posts, along with the chapters of The Cromm Conspiracy and my full author’s notes.  But I’ve also been posting my stuff to DeviantArt (in fact, just before writing this post, I just binge added a lot of my recent stories to my gallery there), and am still looking for other places to put them up.

Naturally, the more places I put up the stories, the more exposure they get, and the more people will see them.

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Reflection: Ideas for Reflection Posts

They say a blogger should try to maintain a consistent schedule, so I try to write one of these reflection posts every week.  But it’s not always easy to come up with topics and decide what to reflect about.

Well, ideas are easy.  I’ve got a whole file with a list of things I may want to write a blog post about on my computer.  But for each of those ideas, I look at them and think: can I actually write a ~400-500 word blog post about it?  Do I need to think more about it to get enough material?

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