Falling Down the Rabbit Hole






You may think writing a book is hard work, well I got news promoting it is even harder!

I was told by my publisher that if I wanted to sell books, I’d have to join the world of social networking. This meant Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and of course blogging, which brings us here; A few weeks ago my eighteen-year-old son was home on a study break and as usual in desperate need of money. For once I was able to use this to my advantage. I hired him to make a book trailer and set up this blog for me. After all, he’s a member of the new-age. I on the other hand, was from the old school of encyclopedias and typewriters.

My first post went out without a hitch and my little soldier marched back to school. With a whole week before my next blog entry was due, I had time to cruise the net and check out other people’s blogs. Big mistake, because this is where all my doubts and fears started to settle in…

Imagine the horrors, when I realized my blog was missing all of its social media buttons. These were the tools needed to spread and share my words with the world. How could I get them in place? I sent off a desperate e-mail, picking the brain of a fellow blogger. Among other things, she answered with words like widgets, tags and catagories…oh my.

I then made an even more desperate phone call to my daughter in the States, knowing she too uses social media in her work. I ended up even more confused by words like tweetdeck and hashtags. What was I supposed to do?

After hours of searching the dashboard of my blog, I found myself lost in a wonderland of unanswerable riddles and swimming in a pool of my own tears. Determined not to give up, angry one minute, happy the next and pouring tea cups out of my tea kettle all night long, I somehow figured it out!

With my social media buttons now proudly displayed on each side of my first blog entry, a rush of adrenaline took over my brain. I wrote and POSTED my second blog entry. Another mistake. I woke the next morning to find my blog a cluttered and untidy mess. Not to mention the button that read ‘Follow Me On Twiter’, no spaces between my paragraphs and displaying only half of my second blog entry. To make matters worse, upon checking the stats I could see that six people somewhere in the world had already seen it! All I could do is wipe my tears and clean up the mess.

As Alice said after falling down the rabbit hole, “Well, after this I should think nothing of falling down stairs.”

About maggiemyklebust

I grew up on the Jersey Shore and now live in Norway. I have also lived in Houston and the Netherlands. I have written a memoir called Fly Away Home.

Posted on March 14, 2012, in writing and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Oh Maggie, I had to laugh! We’ve all been there, you’re not on your own. It’s a huge learning curve but mastering it will give you an unbelievable sense of achievement…and street cred with your kids!

  2. Maggie, I feel your pain! God knows I am hopeless when it comes to new technology. Ask my kids and you will see endless eye rolls!

  3. Isn’t it grand when the students become the teachers…

  4. Maggie, I right there with you. At least you have a publisher! I too have a memoir and am right this minute working on my book proposal. Did you write one? Chapter summaries are making me crazy.

    Oh, and now I’ve hit a limit on Twitter, so I can’t follow anyone until more people follow me back!

    Feel free to check out my blog: http://www.homeexchangeexpert.com

    Good luck to both of us.


  5. I checked out your blog, as a matter of fact, I ended up spending the whole morning on your site. Very interesting!

    It seems you’re well on your way in the world of social networking and I’m sure you’ll find a publisher. I on the other hand have a book about to be published and no one out there even knows who I am…

    Check out the expatbookshop.com and Summertime publishing, and don’t let the word expat worry you. They focus on books about people living, traveling and experiencing life abroad.

    Good luck… yes, to both of us!

  6. annie siersema potter

    wow! i love facebook and now i love your blog! it’s all about keeping your ideas out there and keeping your book on everyones mind- what fun!

    i too am old school- i need my kids and granddaughter to teach me- but what fun it is to be in the loop of my crazy family and friends lives!

    i can sit at my dining room table on my computer in point pleasant nj usa and see my girlfriend 6 hours ahead of me and enjoy how her day was! we’ve come along way from walking to midstreams school maggie! we chatted about our life then and can do it with an ocean between us

    enjoy your weekend and happy st pattys day weekend! ❤

    • Social media is amazing! I just connected with Maggie yesterday and today I read your comment to her.

      Here’s the amazing part. When I was growing up in Mountainside, NJ, we would visit my grandparent’s tiny cement-block vacation home in Pt. Pleasant! My memories of your neighborhood are 50 years old and ever so sweet.

      Fishing w my grandfather, going out for ice cream and yes, running through the white cloud of mosquito repellent!

      Now I live in San Diego and only get to the east coast for weddings and funerals. However, my sister and I are thinking about coming out for a visit this summer.

      Thank you for reminding me of those dear memories.

      Shelley Miller

  7. How sweet you are…you made my weekend!

  8. Maggie,

    Hang in there!!! At least you are making the effort to learn 🙂 I am so excited for your book and I love reading all about my BFF’s mom!

    Good luck with all of it!


  9. Thanks Holly…it was great to hear from you and good luck with your little project also!

  10. You’ve come a long way, baby. To think I tried to talk you into joining FB so we could stay in touch after we left Holland……wow! You’re doing great, my friend!

  11. I know and how many years did it take for you to convince me to skype?

  12. Great post! I love the analogy.

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