Over at the Anomaly, while we were talking about strengthening the linkages between the various sites where Christian SpecFic writers and fans hang out, Dave Withe, aka Newberry Dave, brought his usual insight to the discussion. I’m going to excerpt what he said.—Kristen Stieffel
Guest Blogger: Dave Withe
We are the links. God sews His kingdom together with us, His people. I believe many of these groups were started by people with links to the Anomaly, and some were active in the Anomalous Sandbox back in our early days.
As our lives and authorial skill matures, our support and participation focus of necessity narrows down to the subgenres we work in. Also our time usually becomes more constrained. So any common group we might seek would have to offer some kind of added authorial craft value across regional/sub-genre lines or we won’t spend much time with it.
In the midst of my writing evolution I found Kristen Lamb’s #mywana (We Are Not Alone) Twitter thread and her blog. It is searchable in Google and provides a common meeting place and quick communication pipeline in Twitter for writers to keep in touch. It also gives us visibility to the wider world. Independent agents and editors for hire have also started tracking the #mywana Twitter stream.
Most #mywana participants include links to articles and online resources. This is one way to build good will and a posse to advocate for you in word-of-mouth marketing campaigns.
A subtag under or alongside #mywana for Christian SpecFic writers might allow us to connect better through Twitter. I suggest #XtSF — Xt (Chi Tau in Greek) is how the early Greek Fathers wrote the name of Christ. I already see various of the more successful Sandbox and Anomaly member Tweets whenever I check Twitter.
Dave suggested that “someone with an interesting blog…” (ahem) “should post a blog entry as to how this new hashtag can be used to unite us within the a larger #mywana Twitter forum.” So I agreed to do so. Tagging appropriate updates with both #mywana and #XtSF tags could expose our genre to other communities.—Kristen
What do y’all think? Do you use Twitter? Do you follow the #mywana stream? Would you?