Facebook and me: a cautious reconciliation
As a mum of young children, Facebook felt like a lifeline to the outside world. I loved the sense of community (at its best on snow days). And having daily glimpses into far flung friends’ lives. But there were large chunks of it I didn’t enjoy.
I found my feed cluttered with news and politics when I was there to have fun. It was far too easy to find yourself in the middle of a fight. And I couldn’t comment on one post without feeling I had to do equal justice to everybody else.
I took a few weeks’ break that turned into years, only using it for messenger or when I really had to. So the idea of appearing out of the blue on my personal profile to sell books really jarred. I want to turn readers into friends, not the other way round.
Using my author page.
And then I realised, I already had set up the solution – an author page (Like me and make me feel popular!) My friends can stay just that, without having to become experts on my writing journey and publishing discoveries.
But how would I meet other writers and publishers on-line? The answer now seems obvious but hadn’t occurred to me until I read Joanna Penn’s How to Market a Book: join groups (put ‘writers’ in the search bar and see what happens) and get involved. A week in to this new connected life, I’ve joined 3 new groups and already found a couple of similar authors and new on-line events.
Work out how to schedule posts using something like Hootsuite. As I say, baby steps.
Does anybody else struggle with social media? Do you have any good tips?