In my previous posts, I discussed how the first step in building a professional social media presence is to comment on other people’s posts… but at first, even this can be nerve-wracking, so here’s a few tips to help get you moving.
Spend 10 minutes scrolling your feed or search a hashtag relevant to your writing or genre. Be curious. Find the content you actually care about.
When you see a post that genuinely piques your interest, that makes you ‘feel’ something, you can think about commenting.
- What did you like about the post or article?
- Is there something that really stood out to you or resonated with you?
- How does this fit with your genre, writing, knowledge or experience?
- What could you add to the point?
- Have you a particular experience or story you could share which relates to the point they were making?
Don’t use commenting as an opportunity to promote your own book or writing unless it’s really, really relevant or invited.
Use commenting to add value or simply to send a positive message.
If you still feel nervous, start even smaller by writing a very simple comment such as ‘I agree’ or ‘I love this’.
At this stage, it’s all about forming the daily habit of reading and commenting on other people’s posts. It’s the backbone of everything you’ll do as you build your own social media profile as an author.