We had a great chat last night on Twitter about social media that made me think about how much I appreciate the followers of my blog. The chat was about balancing your writing, family, and social media time (Twitter, Facebook, ect.). We got sidetracked talking about how important it is to reach out to people for the right reasons. It was a good sidetrack. Building your platform by having pages on a few different sites is something most writers aspire to do, myself included. However, before you do so you should ask yourself why you want to join the sites. If the answer is just to increase readers then you need to reevaluate your platform.
I'm not saying you shouldn't want to increase followers and readers, of course you should. However, you're main objective needs to be focused on the readers and followers instead of on yourself. Think of why you started writing in the first place. Chances are somewhere in your reasons was the need to share your stories with others. You should never forget that need to share; it's what will draw people to you.
The main reason I reached out in social media was because I live in a very isolated area where there is no chance of a writer group. Writing can be a lonely profession if you let it be. I decided not to let it be. That isolation sparked a deep rooted desire to help aspiring writers. From that desire this blog was born. With the crash of the economy and upset in the publishing industry came the desire to support debut authors. That desire has led me to read a lot of fantastic books I may not have otherwise picked up. And I helped those authors and the industry in the process!
So remember, when establishing your platform, it's not about numbers, it's about people and not only what they can do for your book sales, but what you can do for them. To all my followers, I love and appreciate you! Check out the transcript for that great chat here: http://bit.ly/aN9JH1