Wednesday, 1 July 2015

IWSG: Getting Social, the Professional Way


It's the first Wednesday of the month, and time for members of the Insecure Writer's Support Group to share their writerly insecurities. The group was started by Alex J. Cavanaugh, and those interested in joining in can visit www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com for more information.

Recently, I've found myself spending a lot of time on LinkedIn. And for the two or three people out there who don't know what that is, it is yet another social network where writers tend to hang out; just think Facebook, but instead of friends, you've got connections, the professional kind. I opened an account years ago, but I'd never really been active on the platform, until now.

What was it that rekindled my interest you ask? Well, the answer to that question has more to do with advancing my career prospects than with writing, not that I don't consider writing a full-time professional endeavor in it's own right. I've heard stories of people being poached by giant tech companies based solely on the strength of their LinkedIn profiles. And between you and me, I feel like I could really use some giant-tech-company love right about now, if you know what I mean.

Anyway, so I've been on LinkedIn these past few weeks, trying to grow my professional network, all in a bid to hit that 500+ connections that is supposedly meant to signify how well-connected you are. And since most of my early connections were writers themselves, basically 95 percent of the requests and suggestions I've been receiving are writers as well. I presently have over 800 connections, but you are more than welcome to add to that number by sending me a request:

https://ng.linkedin.com/in/michaelabayomi

Contrary to how it might look, I am not just trying to gather as many connections as I can. I genuinely feel that I've learnt a lot from the writers in my network, just by reading their posts and observing their various interactions. Granted, some of them were too busy shilling their wares to say more than a cursory hello. But even that is being done in a professional, non-spammy way, which is more than can be said about their counterparts on Facebook and Twitter.

What about you? Are you on LinkedIn? If so, then what has your experience been like since the day you joined? And if not, then what other social networks do you tend to gravitate towards, and why?

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  1. I've been invited to join, just don't have the time for one more social network. Blogging and Twitter keep me rather busy already.
    Eight hundred connections is really good!

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    1. Thanks, Alex. I can totally see why you'd prefer to focus your efforts on those social network, considering the size of your following on either one.

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  2. I've had a LinkedIn account for a few years. Still haven't found a real use for it.

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    1. LOL. I was in the same boat a few weeks/months back. Now, I think I've finally found a use for it, which is to connect with others in the same field of work as myself, without any of the other distractions found on places like Facebook and Twitter. :)

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  3. I don;t have LinkedIn, but I've been considering it lately. Networking is one of those necessary evils, isn't it. But you're right too. There's always an opportunity to learn there too.

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    1. I'd say go ahead and open a LinkedIn account. It doesn't require anywhere as much day-to-day maintenance as a Facebook page/profile.

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  4. I have an account but have never figured out how to use it properly. I'll send you a request and you can teach me ;-)

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    1. Thanks for the request, Annalisa. Although I've gotta confess that I am not exactly what you'd call an expert on the subject. :D

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