How to set up your Online Support System
Instagram too let people know who you are and the services you offer. I post photos of my life along with tips for writing. It connects me with other writers, communicates with my clients, and also brings new clients to the group of writing teachers I create.
Services like Reddit, Quora, Slack, and Discord offer semi-curated spaces covering multiple topics. You can ask questions or search past posts to see what fits. The answers aren’t as quick as real-time social media, but the answers you get will always come from professionals or amateurs with real-world experience.
Another benefit of message boards is that they create spaces for marginalized communities tied to common interests. People are posting on Reddit’s Trans or out boards to share photos and funny stories or to ask for serious advice. the Nomadness Travel Tribe The Facebook group represents the needs of travelers and influences color and “to show the world that travel has no limits on race, gender, religion, economy, or interests.”
You don’t always know who is posting, however, many people use burner accounts. As with everything, do your research to make sure the information you find is valid, and if you feel you have that trolling you, leave.
Private messaging in small groups on Whatsapp, Facebook messenger, or Slack and Discord is a great way to deepen relationships with people you meet online and know you can be trusted.
I met Lola Akinmade and Lily Lebawit Girma through online traveler networks. If we knew we all wanted to write books, we created a Whatsapp group for daily accountability during the Nation’s Novel Writing Period. Since the end of that month, we have kept in touch, and every November we will also connect in writing. new books, like this.
Ask for Help and Be Generous
Yes, the online world can be a sucker. This is also a great place to share your experiences with others and also get to know their experiences.
If you offer your own advice and ideas to others, you are connected. In addition to my writing team, I also found my first editing job and met my agent through Trevor Noah’s mutual love.
However not everyone cares what you say. That may feel bad, but it’s a blessing. Those who resonate with you and support your interests interest your energy. You can ignore everything. And remember, never fight with people online. There is no value in time or effort.
A series of studies at the University of Rochester suggest that the familiar makes a connection. Connecting with people in a friendly and non -threatening way is a great way to get to know people before you approach them. So by the time your job application or request for advice arrives in their mailbox, they already know your name. While it will not seal the agreement, it will make your email recognizable.
Setting Clear boundaries
Boundaries are important online if you want to protect your time, your privacy, and your emotional energy.
Start by evaluating each relationship how much value has been added to your life. The writing group I mentioned gave me feedback about a book proposal. Their inclusion helped me create something my agent loved enough to sign me as his client. Our weekly meetings encourage me to try new things in my writing. The benefits of our group are clear to me, and to other members, but that doesn’t mean the way our group works will work for everyone.