Q&A With A Wordsmith: Why Not Instagram

On Writing, Random Thoughts

Heya Lovelies,

As a writer taking a rather unique path, I often receive a wide range of questions. So far, I’ve covered some broad topics which you can find here and I’ll continue to shed some light on further questions. With luck, you’ll gain some understanding and insight along the way.

If you have a question you’d like me to answer, feel free to comment or drop me an email.


Question:
Why did you initially choose Instagram as your primary social media and then switch to Twitter after 5 years?

Answer:

When I was first starting out, I was doing both poetry and fiction. So, when I saw how other writers (mostly poets) were using Instagram, I decided to give it a try. 

In order to grow my following, I needed to post often and find readers for my writing. Since poetry was easy and quick, I was successful in my efforts to grow and make a name for myself. At least, that’s what I told myself for five years. 

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.

While I did amass over two hundred thousand followers (yes, 200k) and succeeded in making a name for myself, I ended up attracting the fans of instapoetry, most of whom weren’t interested in my books. 

I saw the numbers week after week. The abysmal downloads of my books — even my poetry book The Silence Between Moonbeams ITALICS. The times I shared anything other than poems, were met with crickets.

Since my heart is in my fiction, far more than what my poetry offered me in terms of therapeutic benefits, I came to the realization that all that effort — all those years — were wasted in the effort. 

I needed to make a change but the whole concept terrified me. But when I finally made the decision and switched, I’m grateful I did. 

Better late than never.


Coming up, I’ll expand more on why I decided to switch to Twitter.

Until next time,
Sarah

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