Social Media for Writers: Interview with Dan Blank

by Gabriela Pereira
published in Community

Today it is such a pleasure to host a friend and mentor Dan Blank of Some time ago I interviewed Dan about his take on social media and how he helps writers manage their social media without getting overwhelmed.

This topic especially resonated with me because for a long time I had a love-hate relationship with social media. I knew I had to do something with it, but it felt like “one more thing” on my mile-long To Do list. Not only that, the task of navigating the social media landscape felt overwhelming. I was like a tiny pawn on the gigantic social media chessboard; I knew I had a role to play in the game but I had no strategy and I felt like a tiny voice amidst all the noise.

Talking to Dan about his approach to social media was a major paradigm shift for me. Dan’s take is not just practical and manageable, but he focuses on the human side of social media, which is something that most experts don’t emphasize enough

In this interview about social media, you’ll learn:

  • How to reframe your thinking about social media to keep things manageable and human.
  • The #1 thing writers should do when starting out with social media. (Actually, it’s two things!)
  • How to use social media to create meaningful offline connections.


My favorite quote from this interview:

“Social media is just useless garbage until one random, serendipitous meaningful connection happens.”
–Dan Blank

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DanBlankebook_socialmediaDan Blank is the founder of, which provides writers and publishers the strategy and tactics they need to impact their communities and build their legacies.

He has worked with more than 500 writers, a wide range of publishers, and regularly speaks at conferences about branding, content strategy, social media, and marketing.

Dan recently created A Writer’s Guide to Social Media to help writers build and manage their social media presence. You can find this eBook and other great resources on his website.



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