Notes from An Alien

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New Writing Resources Community on Google Plus !


I’ve written before about my struggles with social media, the most intimate previous post being Social Networking and Insanity . . . back in September of 2011.

In that post I said:

“As I was digesting all the information about ‘building an author platform’—working to increase my ‘friends’ on FaceBook and my ‘followers’ on Twitter—I struggled with the lack of Relationship in the connections.

“I finally dumped FaceBook and Twitter, joined Google Plus. It didn’t take long to feel the struggle against what felt like wasted time.”

That was over a year ago

I recently added Twitter back but have only been leaving links and teasers to my blog posts there and on G+.

I’ve always thought G+ had the most potential for “Real” conversation but was still dismayed at the constant streaming of images and videos with little value for my tasks

Until

Google Plus added Communities and I was invited to Writing Resources.

To interact with this Community you do need a Google Account but it’s free :-)

Here’s what Google says about G+:

“Google+ makes connecting on the web more like connecting in the real world. Share your thoughts, links and photos with the right circles. Use easy, spontaneous video chat to strike up conversations with as many as nine people at once. Get everyone on the same page with fast, simple group chat. We’re very excited about the new approach to sharing that we’ve created through Google+, but this is really just the beginning.”

The moderator of the Community is Rebecca Blain—do check out her blog >> On Writing.

One of the first things that impressed me about this Community was Rebecca’s dedication to removing postings that are merely “shameless promotion”—she works to make sure folks are sharing information writers can actually utilize—including the requests for help or insight about the challenges they’re having.

One of the best features of the Community is the way you can have all the postings appear or filter them into these categories:

Discussion
Writing Tips
Recommend G+ Writers
Author Blogs
Scams / Writer Warnings
Editing / Editorial Services
Writing Supplies
Submitting
World Building
Formatting for Publication
Writing Software
Querying Agents
Querying Houses
Researching Facts for Fiction
Traditional Publishing
Self-Publishing
Promotion/Marketing
Fantasy
Science Fiction
Romance
Events

Another aspect of the Community I appreciate is this message to the members:

“Please do not link to (or post) your poetry, fiction writing, or non-fiction if it is not a writing resource. There are other communities dedicated to the sharing of specific fiction work. Writing Resources is a community dedicated to learning about the art of writing and sharing knowledge with other writers, no matter what length of story or genre type.

I’m sure I’ll be writing here again about this Community—linking to specific postings and sharing my feelings about being involved
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