Web site vs. social media

As always, excellent advice from blogger/writer/teacher/speaker/entrepreneur Jane Friedman on where a writer should invest their time — on a web site, or on social media:

I may be in the tiny minority of people who happen to think social media isn’t 100% critical for an author’s online presence. Yes, it makes things much more difficult if you refuse to use it, and I don’t like it when writers spurn it out of some kind of literary peacocking — Social media vs web sitebelieving that it’s “beneath” them to market themselves on social media.

But effective marketing and promotion (and platform building) does exist beyond and separate from social media. These days, I get more noticeable results from my website and blogging efforts, email newsletters, and in-person networking than I do from social media. Not that I want to give up social media—quite the contrary—but I could walk away from Facebook and still earn a living. Not so with my website—it’s absolutely fundamental.

Read the entire post here.

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