July 27, 2011
So out of curiosity and the unfortunate need to connect with other human beings, I scored an invite to Google+, expecting a copycat, slightly trumped-up version of Facebook. And for the most part, that is what I found. It’s functional and attractive enough, with a few perks that Facebook doesn’t offer – ‘muting’ or turning off notifications for individual posts, for instance (good for those winding comment conversations that just won’t die, giving you unwanted notifications 34 days in a row).
But what I didn’t expect was the ability to quickly connect with so many writers. It wasn’t Google+ that made this happen, although they did make it possible. I don’t know who started the Google+ writer connection movement, but this list put me in touch, directly and indirectly, with 50+ intelligent, creative, like-minded writers, who post links that actually apply to me and write posts that I can relate to. Among all the people in the world, I don’t think there’s anyone who can connect with and understand a writer better than another writer, and I (and the rest of us writers on Google+) seem to have hit the metaphorical jackpot of like-minded people. Sure, we have the sometimes-annoying ‘networking’ posts just like any other social network, but hey, we’re all writers trying to sell our craft, aren’t we?
(By the way, my name is on this list, but I’m mistakenly listed as writing romance, when I clearly wrote the phrase ‘modern chick lit.’ Totally not the same thing. It’s not an insult or anything, I just wanted to make that note. Horror and light spec fiction are also missing from the list of genres I play with.)
The Golden List: http://www.fictionall.com/2011/07/authors-on-google_17.html
Google+ (if you need an invite, let me know): https://plus.google.com/