Social media is nice, but like all other things it has a proper place in life. Frankly, I’ve been on Twitter more lately with Phantasm coming out in a couple of days, because the reading and writing community there are more active and vibrant. I can post something writing related and have a dozen likes and/or retweets in 30 minutes. I can post the same thing on Facebook and get ignored. If it’s about books, go to Twitter.
For bird stuff, Facebook is the better place now. I say now because, ironically, Twitter used to have a more interactive bird community, but I noticed a few years ago that the parrots were shifting to Facebook. I’m not sure why this is. There was some panic over hacking attempts a few years ago on Twitter which scared a few of my bird friends off, so maybe that’s why the transition. Or maybe I got involved with the writing on Twitter and shifted away from the bird community. Whatever the reason, it is what it is. My writing’s at Twitter. Birds and bad jokes are at Facebook.
I have an Instagram account, but I don’t use it. I needed it briefly for a writing endeavor that transitioned back to Twitter, and let it go because I’m a lousy photographer and we all know it. And I don’t even know about all of those other apps. Look folks, I’m a middle aged woman. I only have time and attention span for so much. My writing contracts require me to be at Twitter and Facebook, so that’s where I’m at. It works.
I think that’s the bottom line: do what works for you, but keep it in balance. I can see some anxiety if your business depends on Facebook, but it it’s just being unplugged, so what? It will eventually be back up. Be cool, and roll with other things.
One thing I find interesting is that this happened between a “60 Minutes” program and a Senate subcommittee meeting with a whistleblower. That will spawn some interesting conspiracy theories. Stay tuned. I don’t believe in most conspiracy theories – they depend on people being much smarter and more organized than they generally are – but they are entertaining.
And finally, Phantasm, Book Two of The Sentience Series is coming out on Thursday, October 7. It’s available for pre-release on Amazon, or you can get it right now on presale at Smashwords. Also my Halloween story, Resonance, will be free on Amazon on October 11-15. Mark your calendar to pick up that fun long story next week, if you don’t have it already.
That’s all today. Take care, and have a great week.