My role on the internet is a small one, but to me it’s a fun and important one. I’ve been working over the past two years to establish myself as a Young Adult book review and blogger, and I feel like i’ve made a dent, however small it may be. I’ve had so much fun establishing myself here that it’s made it an easy process. And I think that Twitter and Instagram have been two of my best friends in establishing myself in this online world.
The “imagine audience” that Marwick and Boyd write about in their article, “I Tweet Honestly, I Tweet Passionately” encompasses such a broad scope of viewers that it seems hard to narrow down a blog into something that only one or two groups of people will look at. Through the use of social media, I’ve been able to connect with my “imagined audience” and made them real and interactive. Through my experiences blogging, I know without a doubt that it would have been extremely difficult creating my online identity and building it into something that I am proud of.
Marwick and Boyd also claim that their is a “disconnect between the followers and followed” (4), but that is really only the case between celebrities, as they use in their example with John Mayer. I have made some amazing friends through twitter, and it is a massive site of connection between myself and my friends. We have extensive conversations and make long lasting connections.
My intention with this new project i’m taking on for my Publishing class is to try broadening my audience, outside of strictly book reviewing and blogging. I’m excited to learn more about the intricacies of Publishing, deep than my knowledge while working with Adventures in YA Publishing gave me. Hopefully, I can continue with this part of blogging throughout the rest of my Publishing minor degree!