There's nothing quite as fun as finding someone you can connect to on a deeper level, whether that's through reading a blog, keeping up with a YouTube channel, or even scouring a Twitter feed. From Instagram to Snapchat to Google+ to LinkedIn, we spend our days more connected to other people than ever before - and while we're always seeing news articles about how important it is to limit "screen time" and "unplug" for a while, I'm not sure I like those concepts entirely, and here's why.
Social media allows me to interact with my loved ones on my time - allowing for the quiet I sometimes need on the day when I'm extra anxious, extra busy, or extra depressed. On the other hand, social media keeps me connected - if people who care about me don't hear from me for too long, they bombard me with messages until I come out of the funk to check in. There are days when this level of connectivity is a godsend for me, as I cherish the reminders that I am present in the thoughts of those who care about me.
Social media has enriched my life and brought friendships back to me that otherwise might have been lost. When I was sixteen, my mother and I moved to Tennessee from our little central Florida town, and while it was a great adventure for me that opened up so many things in my life (and saved mom and I from some rather urgent circumstances), this also cut me off in a very painful way from friends that I had been close with all of my life. I missed them terribly - and while the internet was just starting to find its way into many homes, for a long time, mine wasn't one of them. Letters between my friends and I (the few that I had even had time to say goodbye to) became fewer and farther between, and eventually the number of times mom and I moved stopped the letters from finding me at all. I had lost touch with people that I had loved dearly ... but Facebook gave those people back to me. All of them. And I know sometimes we get too tied to our devices and we forget to look away from our screens to spend time with real people, but the truth is, while I get just as overwhelmed with social media as anyone else, I can't help but love it for the way it keeps me connected to my friends, my family, and you, my readers.
Still, I'm not signed on to on every platform, and I'm not always active on the ones I use - but I'm out there, and I'd love to interact with my readers on a more personal level. So while you're enjoying your Saturday, why don't you spend a few minutes checking out my social media profiles? Follow me when you stop by, and make sure to leave a comment so that we can get to know each other a little.
To get in touch with me on the platforms I use most often, like me on Facebook, check me out on Instagram (@AuthorBrandiKennedy), and follow me on Twitter (@BrandiKennedy84). I use each of these profiles differently (other than sharing my blog links), so each one is a great way for you to follow and interact with me on your level - but following me on all three platforms will mean you'll see me in at least one of your newsfeeds most days of the week.
I'm on Google+ too, though I don't remember to use it as often as I probably should, and for those of you who are into it, I'm on Pinterest. I pin lots of things on there, from hair to makeup to hotties to books. There's more, too, but that was a run-on sentence already. Just like with Google+, my Pinterest use is sporadic - but it's worth watching if you're into fashion, food, fun, movies, books, journaling, positivity, and/or mental health hacks.
I send out a monthly newsletter that catches you up on any big news you might have missed out on here. It's a great way to make sure you stay up to date on all the biggest things happening with me and if you'd like to receive that newsletter, you can subscribe to it here. While you're subscribing, you might also want to subscribe to this blog here - that will ensure that you NEVER miss a post, because they'll come directly to your email box! Convenient, huh?
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And if you're not really the subscribing type, or if you're a blog lover like me, check me out on Bloglovin'! Bloglovin' is a great site (and app) for following all the blogs you love best - it pulls all the newest content right into one clean dashboard you can scroll through at your leisure. It's like turning all your favorite blogs into a customized magazine with only the content you love.
I'm also on LinkedIn (although I rarely ever use it) and for those of you who prefer more personal and less public interaction (or for those who might be interested in booking a sponsored post on this blog), you can always just send me a good ol' private email at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is an email that I check personally, but since I'm squeezing it between writing and everything else, just know that I don't always manage to get back to everyone right away.
The last (and perhaps my most favorite) way to get in touch with me is through the regular, old fashioned postal system. You can send mail to me at my P.O. Box, and I might even talk about it here. You could drop a postcard, a letter ... anything you like. For those of you who follow me because of my novels, if you send me a paperback copy of any of my books, along with adequate return shipping, I will be happy to sign the book and send it back to you. I'll probably even sneak some swag stuff and surprises into the package because I'm fun like that. The address is:
P.O. Box 12035
Knoxville, TN 37912
So go on, check me out. I'd love to get to know you better!