Boosting Your Social Karma with Karma Bennett

Recently I had the pleasure of attending a workshop on using social media by Karma Bennett of WordPress Blogs for Writers. The workshop was not titled Social Media for the Non-Social, but it might as well have been. The target audience was writers. Need I say more?

The first point she made was that social media is all about connecting with strangers. A collective shudder may or may not have gone through the audience. Perhaps it was just me.

There are times when my relationship with my husband is sustained through texting, so the idea of putting time into connecting with strangers seemed a bit daunting. But, as the presentation went on, it became clear that interacting with strangers on social media doesn’t have to be time-consuming or scary.

First of all, you are trying to connect with your readers, who probably like you already since they read your book.

Secondly, your online persona shouldn’t be too different from your off-line persona. It’s best to share about topics you’re genuinely interested in. You’ll find your niche of others who are interested in the same things and suddenly all these people are not the scary kind of stranger anymore. They’re just other people who like goats in tutus as much as you do.

Karma encouraged each of us to think about what topics we always like to talk about and to engage online about those topics. The things I like most to share on social media are about odd or interesting writing topics, humor, and social justice. I also like to follow or mention authors I enjoy reading, and it’s really exciting when they respond to a tweet.

If you are interested in interacting with me on social media, please look for me on Twitter (@MariahJKlein) or on Goodreads. I’ll do my best to socialize virtually with you when I should be sleeping.




4 thoughts on “Boosting Your Social Karma with Karma Bennett

  1. Karma says:

    I also tweet about writing and social justice. I was speaking at SF Writers Conference once and got funny looks from the other panelists for saying it’s OK to talk about politics. Sure, some people will be turned off, but it will make your existing fans even more loyal and eager to support your work.

    Following you now.

    I recently started teaching Social Media classes at Academy X, in fact my first class is April 2nd-3rd. Hope you don’t mind me mentioning it here, but you can get 20% off by using my last name as the secret word at checkout.

  2. tugger1304 says:

    This is a fabulous blog, Mariah! Karma is one of my favorite people for learning about how to use social media as a tool. It took me a little while, but I finally caught on to the power of it.

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