I find It really is difficult to find the balance between promotion and marketing activities and getting down to doing what we're supposed to be doing which is writing. At least for those of us who haven't given up the day job yet too.
There are so many networking sites out there now (Myspace, Gather, Facebook, Bebo, Friendster, Library thing, Shelfari), not to mention all the writing and genre forum boards - oh, and blogging too, that to try and cover every base would just be such a massive drain on your time you'd never get anything done. I mean, you need to show up on these things at least once in a while to prove to people that you are an active participant. Then of course there's the whole self indulgent "Oh, I wonder if anyone friend requested me today" thing going on in the back of your head that keeps on bringing you back for a quick check.
If I were you, I'd find a couple of places where you are comfortable - for me it's Shelfari, Myspace and SFreader - and hang out there. Then add others to your list if you think you have the time and can get your writing done. You need to strike a happy medium.
It's all about being smart and focusing your efforts where you think it will have the most impact and also, frequenting sites on the web where you like the vibe. Shelfari's a cool place. I like it here.
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