There, I said it. Now, I am not going to go around screaming from the port bow to abandon ship, I’m just going to tell you what I did and why I did it.
I don’t know the first thing about the grandiose mind meld of Mark Zuckerberg, but I do know when I originally set myself up on Facebook I was innocent. Really I had just gotten myself back on the internet after having my second child and staying home full time. I needed attention.
What I didn’t know then was anything about publishing, marketing, blogging, or social networking. I didn’t even know how to write every day because the only things I had been thinking about obsessively for years prior was growing that “normal” life so many of us are keen on–wedding planning, begging my body to make a baby, house buying, screaming at my body to make a baby, searching out a job with a certain amount of respect, jumping up and down because my body finally made a baby, and… raising babies.
When Azalea was three months old I started writing in earnest. She’s three and a half now and what I’ve learned could fill several books. I guess that’s why people keep writing about writing.
I learned more about social networking as a way to “build a writer’s platform” rather than just screwing around when I needed a gouge in the eye. I met writers online. I met a lot of incredible I-never-thought-I’d-be-in-the-same-room-with-you writers online. We’re friends now, and sometimes we’re in the same room drinking a beer or online virtually clinking a cup of hot coffee.
My Facebook experience has changed.
Forcibly, everyone’s Facebook experience has changed and I really don’t know what to make of it. I like Google +, it makes me want to quote Dr. Seuss, “It’ s opener there in the wide open air.” I like Twitter where all the world’s compressing and decompressing simultaneously. It took me a long time to get a grasp on Twitter, but now it’s a Candy Land of intrigue. And cats.
One key component of the writer’s platform is the Facebook Fan page, the more fans you have the better. Essentially, these are your readers and you’re bringing them with you to the book deal. See there, you’re expected to have readers before you ever have a book. That’s the rub and it goes for traditional and self published authors.
What I hear and read about Facebook is that it will continue changing, that it’s getting ever so much more public and consumer information oriented. It is also still a key component of the writer’s platform and will remain so for quite some time. Okay.
What I did and why.
I feel like my presence online should be all one thing. I’m not good at being anything but this, here. My original Facebook profile was geared solely toward people I knew in the flesh and could understand my weird. After I met more and more people I could jive with online I started making concessions, but it didn’t sit well with me to have my entire profile opened up publicly.
I also worked very hard for the support of my fan page and I wasn’t going to give that up easily. My decision was to create a new profile (still with many holes to fill in) and start from scratch. I gave this profile administration rights to my fan page and closed the original house down.
Too much? Perhaps, but I think this will work.
What do you think, is Facebook scaring you away or have you stayed away all this time? What do you see as the future for the the writer’s platform in the social media race?