If you were watching Twitter at precisely the right time you might have noticed I made a few changes to my account on there. I changed my Twitter handle to my real name and (of course) used my real name as my profile name. You can now find me @Mark_Noyce. The reason I did this is fairly simple really. I figure now that I’m a published author (yes I’ll still mention that, and I’m now asking people to review it instead of asking them to buy it. If you bought it, then please, PLEASE, review it. I don’t care if you say mean things) I might as well try to come out to the world a little more and actually try and form something I’ve been avoiding for years now; a social network. I’m applying some psychology to the situation but I can’t really go in to details on that one. But I do hope to become a more active presence online and spread the word about myself more than the book. There’s no point in preaching to people if you have no one to preach too. So if I’m not following you on Twitter yet then do feel free to either follow me and I’ll follow back, or just leave your handle in a comment and I’ll get on to it. The only real problem I’m having with finding people to follow is that because I follow wrestlers and comedians and musicians Twitter is suggesting those to me instead of real people. I’m not quite famous yet. Though with your help, maybe one day I can be the kind of person who makes someone’s day just by responding to them on Twitter. I can make someone feel like I did when Jim Sterling responded to me. I felt like a God that day.
I’m also still looking for advertising solutions and may require a little help there. The only problem with making an advert for a book is that one thing that really helps is having reviews you can quote. Like those adverts for movies and books you see that have snippets of reviews like ‘“A rollercoaster ride of emotions.” – Random Person”’ and I currently have two reviews and I doubt putting the quote “Not bad but I’m not sure worth paying for” is going to boost sales for me. I’m considering putting an advert in the paper, or just letting Facebook promote my page. The only problem with that is that it promotes my page, not the product.
I’d also rather rely on the word of mouth, the power of people, the grand power that is you people, my kin and brethren, my blood brothers and sisters.
So, join me in my social network and together we can create something magical.
PS I wrote this post in the back of a moving vehicle. At least I wasn’t cleaning it this time.
Addendum: I can confirm building a social network is a slow and annoying process that I'm going to probably give up on because I'm impatient.