I’ve been using Snapchat almost since it came out. The app lets you take selfies or pictures of the world around you and send them to another user for a predetermined period of time, say seven seconds, after which the photos will disappear. Of course, you can screenshot the photo if you want to save it—just know that the other user gets a notification when you do that! So if you screenshot too many photos, you may come across as a bit of a creep. Also, instead of sending your photo to just a few people, you can post it to “My Story,” which is basically a news feed with visual status updates.
The cool thing about My Story is that anyone who’s following you can see it, even if you don’t add them back. So if you want fans, readers, and followers to gain some insight into your life without having them send you pictures of their own, the My Story feature is a great way to do that.
Now, people can respond to your story with chat messages, but that’s it, as far as I know. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong!
Anyway, I started trying to incorporate more of my writing life in my snaps when I started writing and editing full-time. It was important to me that everyone see what I was doing, encourage me, and hold me accountable. Since then, my use of Snapchat has definitely evolved, but I still love using it.
Snapchat is another excellent way for writers to enhance their author platform and build connections with fans. It gives them a peek into your life and makes you feel, in a sense, more “real.” I love using Snapchat, and if you haven’t tried it, I recommend downloading the app and giving it a shot. Who knows? You might even fall in love with it.
If you want to add me on Snapchat, here’s my user ID and all that below. Also, if you use Snapchat, leave a comment with your username!
How do you feel about Snapchat? What writers do you follow there?
Are you using Snapchat as part of your author platform? @brianawrites thinks you should try it! (Click to tweet)