Category Archives: About Social Media

NETWORKING: Keep in Touch

Networking is huge in screenwriting. Who you know can be the thing that launches your career. Chatting idly on Twitter can lead to your first big writing job. It did for me. So, it’s important to always be networking.

There’s a lot written about initiating new professional relationships, but just as absolutely crucial is maintaining them. It’s tempting, when not working on a project with someone, to let them slip out of view. To only get in contact when you have work to talk about. But this ignores a key to networking: that, by keeping in contact, even casually, you have more opportunities to create work with someone.

When someone has a new opportunity come up, pop them a one or two line email to congratulate them. Not because you want something, but to remind them that you are wishing them well. Friends in your field can easily slip out of your mind if you don’t bump into them for a few months, so keep an eye on your friends list every few weeks to see if there’s somebody you should message, just to say hi or grab coffee. Yes, there’s cynical reasons to do this – keeping yourself fresh in their mind in case opportunities come up – but it’s also just a strong way to remind people that they matter. Which isn’t just a networking skill, but a social skill – one that many people often forget about as their busy lives distract them. Don’t be the one who loses people to the sands of time. Keep in touch.

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WEBSERIES: Husbands and the Kickstarter Revolution

Have you seen Husbands? It’s a charming comedic webseries from Jane Espenson and Brad Bell (who co-stars in it as well), about a comedian and a sports star who, while celebrating gay marriage equality in a fictional, gay-friendly version of the US, get drunk and then married unexpectedly. While an enjoyable series, this post isn’t really about Husbands. 

It’s about their Kickstarter campaign.

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The Pursuit of Appiness

I’ve been continuing my explorations into iOS (Apple’s mobile/iPod OS) apps again. Here’s what I’ve been experimenting with recently, in the app and social media place…

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PERSONAL: Projects, Purpose, and Online Identity

In the midst of an all-nighter with fellow Signalite Stéphane Lachance, a conversation kicked up about our oncoming future, and the strengths and weaknesses of our various outlets: The Signal, The Writers Bloc, social media accounts, etc. It got me thinking about the future of my many net-based projects and outlets.

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SOCIAL MEDIA: What Do I Use, When and Why?

Over the summer, I had a lot of free time. One of my big projects this summer was trying to get into, and find a use for, social media in my day-to-day life. And I think I was largely successful. Following is a breakdown of what social media paltforms I’m using, how often, and why…

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SOCIAL MEDIA OVERLOAD: Or Why I Spend All My Time On Twitter

A few weeks ago I discovered Klout, the social media influence measurement service. Upon seeing my score was below everyone I knew (and most bacteria), I proceeded on a quest to increase my social media capital. After all, though I love blogging, a big part of why I pursue both The Diversionist and The Signal is to build some kind of reputation for quality content with you, the folks on the Internet. Isn’t that journey for nothing if I have no influence?
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PERSONAL: Social Media Flurry

Have recently been working to create a decent social media presence lately. It seems to be a key component in creating an online persona beyond the blog. I’ve been Tweeting both at rjlackie, my personal Twitter account, and signal_tv, the account for The Signal. I’ve also been setting up more social media profiles, like at LinkedIn and Zerply.

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