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Authors now “use social media” to “create a platform” and “build a following.” As I delve into this “brave, new world,” I’m learning there are many different customs I must learn, even a new language.
Part of this new social media sweep includes a regular (at least weekly) blog. This is in addition to my Facebook friendliness, my Twitter followings, and my presence on Google+ and LinkedIn. It sounds more exhausting than it is, actually. And, I’ve already met some interesting people and welcomed them into my circles. My world is growing daily.
And, I have added this very nice Blog page to my Word Press website.
Still, I hear myself say,
“Bill Bryson doesn’t blog. Why should I?”
What to write about is the question.
Shall I write about Kazakhstan? After all, that’s what my book is about.
Shall I write about my marriage? That too is what my book is about.
Shall I write about the importance of dealing with cultural differences? For cultural differences are certainly in my book. Lots of them.
Shall I write about the importance of friendship, especially relationships that cross those traditional barriers of age, religion, culture, and economic advantage? This, by the way, is critical to the story that is my book.
In the parlance of social media, I am searching for “my brand.” With the help and support of the WANA Mama herself, Kristen Lamb, and her legions, I hope, by the beginning of the new year to have figured it out. In the meantime, please peruse the rest of my site where you’ll find the first chapter of my book, At Home on the Kazakh Steppe ,a few deleted scenes that needed to fall to the editing floor, and the beginnings of a collection of additional resources: on Kazakhstan, programs for traveling abroad, and some ideas if you are nearing or solidly among the retired set.
Remember, this site is, just as I am, a work in progress.
See you soon.