Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Because I need more ways to proctastinate.

Apparently The Place To Be is on MySpace.com, but until Monday I'd never even set a virtual foot on that site to see what all the buzz was about. My brother convinced me to sign up because he said it would be a good marketing tool for my book, so I now have yet another patch of internet real estate to my name. Thing is, I've never felt so stupid about a website. I have no idea what I'm doing there. I can't figure out how to get rid of those blasted ads all over the place (or if I eve can get rid of them--but it doesn't seem like everyone else's space has as many as mine does), can't figure out how to change my url and blog addresses, can't figure out how it is that so many strangers are finding me and asking to be my friend. (And of course, because I'm such a mercy-person, I can't bear to turn anyone down and risk hurting their feelings, so I've got all these weird people listed as my friends.) I have, however, reconnected with three old high school acquaintances.

SO now i'm trying to figure out how to maximize this thing for book promotion. My brother suggested making banners of my books, but again, I've no idea how to do it. He said you can usually just find someone who has something you like and ask them to show you how to do it, but I feel a little funny doing that. He has a slide show of photos on his, so I might just put the files of my books into a little slide show. I don't know. Maybe if I sit down and really put some time into it I'll figure out how to make everything look cool like everyone else's. I'm not used to having to work that hard at figuring this kind of stuff out; it's annoying.

Anyway, if any of you are MySpacers, come find me and say hi so I can ask you to be my friend and get some more normal people in there. :)

3 comments:

Brenda said...

I think that you need to think before you say anything about your new fans. You not that great and you should be happy that anyone would want to read your blog about your family.

Meg said...

Hi Al! I too am a TOTAL doofus about MySpace. I set up my name and stuff and... that's it. I'm totally hopeless. I want to know who you reconnected with!!

TulipGirl said...

Ugh. MySpace drives me nuts. I don't even have an account there. Don't want one.

Good luck!

Oh, and Hubby learned how to make banners/buttons by googling "free banner making software." There were several high quality ones that give you a 15 day trial period--if you're willing to focus and get them done that quick.