Due to the murder of my family and the resulting court cases, police investigations, and FBI investigations, I no longer have time to daily update this website.

Likewise ALL novel, short story, and article writing projects are on hiatus.

All book releases, book signings, workshops, and convention appearances for 2015 (and unknown amount of time after) are on hold while the murder investigation of my family is ongoing.

Writing advice for the worldbuilding, character creation, and other writing how to articles are on hold.

From now on, the bulk of updates here will be about the investigation into the murder of my family.

No, NOT just THIS author website, not JUST the EelKat pename, not just self published books: ALL 15 (fifteen) of my penames are on hiatus, that includes traditional published books as well, newspaper reporting jobs, editing jobs, my work for Harlequin Romance Novels, my work for Disney... EVERYTHING is on hiatus. Every publishing house I work for, every series I write, every penname I write under: they are ALL on hiatus, ALL projects.

There is NOTHING being published under ANY penname, not for ANY series, not for ANY publisher, from 2015 onward. EVERYTHING is on hold due to the murder of my family. I do not know when or even if, any of the projects will be restarted or finished.

Yes, BOTH the magazines I owned are indefinitely shut down because of this as well, with no plans for either magazine to return. The publishing house I own is also closed to submissions from now on, we will no longer be publishing anything. It is unlikely we will reopen the publishing house either.

All book signing tours, workshops, letures, PAX events, ComicCon events, carnival/festival/state fair/car show events are also canceled. I will not be attending ANY of them. If a venue still has my name listed as a guest/speaker/etc it is because they've not yet removed it. I WILL NOT be there, no matter where it is! 


The ONLY thing continuing from this point on, is THIS website, where I'll post updates on the murder investigation, hopefully every week, but, you know how it is when 10 members of your family are beheaded, it's kind of difficult to have a schedule for anything anymore.

How Many Social Networks Are Enough?

. . . any other Social Sites???

 #1390030  by Richard from 
 11 Jan 2018 08:33

Can anyone suggest any social media sites for me to get involved in with my niche beside the top 4 (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest)?

In the past, I had great success with forums and Q&A sites. However, in my niche people aren't participating in forums and Q&A sites like they used to.

One site that I found that has some promise so far is Reddit (i haven't tried it yet though). Any others?

Thanks in advance



If you are active daily on Reddit, you can (and should) put your url in your flare beside your username (same way how SBI forum puts our url in our username, but it doesn't direct click to our site, you have to copy and paste it instead.) It's a non-clickable text, so doesn't link to your site directly, people have to copy it and paste it into the address bar. I'm a heavy Reddit user, I post daily on more than a dozen subs. Several not even on topic to my site, but rather just subs I'm a member of because of various hobbies I'm active in (mostly video games.). I post maybe 10 to 30 posts a day over the course of my chatting with my Reddit fam (Possibly more actually... some subs are kind of chat-roomy, so posts start adding up fast in back and forth conversations.)

And I also get 200 to 400 visits to my site every day, from Reddit, without ever doing any spammy link posting in my posts. But I've been on Reddit 6 years and have thousands of posts over there too, so that might make a difference.

Here's what it looks like...

Not every sub allows flair though. You'll know if they do or not. If they don't allow it, they have the feature turned off.

If they do allow it, a little link that says "edit flair" will show up beside your username. You just click that and type your url in it. 

You have to set up your flair separately for EACH sub you join.

You can also create a profile (it's in Beta right now, so you have to contact Reddit directly to request signing up for the Beta program. It usually takes about an hour to get approval) Once you are a Beta tester, you'll have a profile page that lets you pin a link to your website right front and center on your profile page. It's expected to go live to everyone this summer. I'm not sure if the Beta program is still taking new testers or not.

And I know a lot of people make fun of it, but I actually get 50 to 100 visits a day from Google+

Tumblr brings in pretty steady traffic for me too.

LiveJournal is another good one, but very nich heavy there, kind of more for geeky teens, so, not a good fit for everyone.

MySpace is not dead and accounts for a small bit of traffic. It's pretty even with LinkedIn. Both are low traffic, but, low traffic is still SOME traffic.

Digg sends me traffic when I remember to submit my links to it. I could probably get more traffic from Digg if I could just remember to submit every page as soon as I published it.

Delicious, also, same as Digg.

Fabulously40, N4G, StumbleUpon, Yummly, FabDesign, Diggita, Care2, Newsvine, GoogleClassroom, ResearchGate, SurfingBird, Amen Me, About Me, Twitch,, Steam Discussion Boards, YouTube, Fancy, Folkd, Memonic, Financial Juice, Blogkeen, Pocket, We Heart It, Exchangle, Kaboodle, Typepad, Blogger/BlogSpot (commenting on blogs I read/follow), HedgeHogs, and WordPress (commenting on blogs I read/follow)... are all others that I use from time to time, though some of these are VERY niche and might not fit every site, so you'd have to check each one out and see if any fit your site or not. I feel like I'm forgetting some, but those are all I can think of. I have so many social network accounts and I don't use half of them. Hard to remember them all. (Many of these are gaming related because I'm a YouTube Gamer.)

Reddit, Tumblr, Twitter, and Google+ are my top 4 traffic sources. Followed by YouTube, LiveJournal, FaceBook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Digg, and Blogger.

Here are the links to my most used social network accounts, if you want to go look and see how I use them:

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