Platform or Soapbox? Part One – in case you missed it! The old-fashioned soapbox had its advantages and disadvantages.
Advantage #1) You stood out in the crowd. Literally. The soapbox put you head and shoulders above those who gathered around. That physical advantage meant you were bound to draw attention.
Disadvantage #1) You stood out in the crowd, making you a prime target for rotting produce hurled by those who disagreed with your message.
Advantage #2) You were there, in person, face-to-face with your listeners. You could read their body language, get immediate feedback, and truly interact with them.
Disadvantage #2) You were there, in person, easy for the police to pick up if you crossed the line and incited a riot. And within reach of any dog that might be sicced on you.
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The new-fangled social media also has its advantages and disadvantages.
Advantage #1) You can do this from the comfort of your easy chair. You don’t have to get dressed, shave, or brush your teeth before interacting with the entire world.
Disadvantage #1) You can do this from the comfort of your easy chair. You get no face-to-face feedback. No body language from your “listeners.” And people can take whatever you read with a grain of salt, because they lack the same from you.
Advantage #2) You can reach the whole world. Everyone will know what you think, what you’re working on, and what you had for breakfast.
Disadvantage #2) You can reach the whole world, including readers and publishers and others who may look askance at your opinions on Global Warming or Abortion. In short – you can turn off the whole world in one fell swoop.
How are you taking the advantages of social media while minimizing the disadvantages? I’d love to hear from authors who are being intentional about their social media time.
Look for the final installment, Platform or Soapbox? Part Three on July 13, 2015 ~ Pegg Thomas