Face(book) On, Face(book) Off

Oh, fuck no.I don’t like Facebook. I never did. I wouldn’t even get on it to talk to my relatives. There was always something faintly nefarious about Facebook I didn’t feel with Twitter (which may simply be better at hiding it). I also didn’t like and didn’t understand either the interface or its functionality.

But I’m an author and as authors will do (or try), we must market. And marketing was happening on Facebook. And, not coincidentally, that’s where my fans were, too. I made a page. I have a personal account, too, that’s really not so personal. So I went there and I posted there. Then Facebook changed the way it displayed what I posted, which was to say, there was a precipitous drop in how many people were shown my posts from one day to the next. Facebook is doing Things, and those Things are cutting out the end user from stuff they want to see. Therefore, why should the content creators continue to supply content?

I will be ramping up my blogging again because there is no reason for me to be on a platform I hate if my readers won’t be shown what they have asked to see.

I will also be starting a newsletter for those who don’t care for blogs.

Because you know what? I have two (yes, two) books coming out on May 1, 2014, and I’d sure like people to know about them. Facebook’s not going to help you find out about them anymore.

5 thoughts on “Face(book) On, Face(book) Off

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Thanks for this post and the one before it. I stopped using Facebook so long ago, I don’t even remember when. I never liked Facebook either, and the more they kept resurrecting my deleted Wall Posts, the more I disliked them. I’m loathe to go back there ever again. Don’t miss it one bit.

    Looking forward to your upcoming blog posts.

  • April 11, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    I’m going to have to ease out of active participation. I’ll still post that I blogged or something, but that’s about it.

  • April 12, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    As a writer, to me Facebook has always been a wasteland – just crickets and tumbleweeds.

    The only good thing it ever did was to lure a large amount of spam out of my e-mail : my inbox no longer fills up with chain letters and jokes.

    Glad to know you’re blogging again!

    • April 14, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      I never thought about it cleaning out the meme gene pool, but excellent point. As for blogging, I’ve always liked it when I had something to say. Now what I have to say is usually pithy (or not), but I’m tired of Facebook not sharing them even if I post them. The only place I can actually control my content is here. I can’t make people come and read, but what I do write won’t be hidden from those who want to.

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