This week I'm hosting an SCBWI meeting on the subject of social networking, why and how. As I asked myself those questions, I realized I knew more about the how than the why.
Why do I tweet around on twitter? Why do I write this blog? Why have I joined writers forums and why do I have tons of sites loaded on my Google Reader?
Education and Connection
Through social networking, I learn about debut and veteran authors, fabulous writing tips, great books being released. I find out what's on the minds of editors, agents, publishers, book reviewers, writers, and a whole lot more.
The best part is getting to know real people. People who who make me laugh, who touch my heart, who encourage me, motivate me, entertain me. Writing can be lonely. Social networking helps me feel less isolated.
What about you? What does social networking bring to your table? Please help me out. Any advice you'd like to share with those who are just getting started?