Interesting place, Facebook. But apparently authors are supposed to have a myspace or Facebook page and, since I’d rather never eat another Dorito in my life than deal with myspace again, I did the Facebook thing.
I’ve been using it a little while and, to be honest, I still don’t get it. Nothing I’ve seen makes me believe it has any value whatsoever to a writer. Unless, of course, you like to avoid your work by completing 9823 ridiculous quizzes every day. (I was going to do one of them, just for fun, and it asked for my cellphone number. Smoke crack much?)
The thing that’s really weird for me, though, is my friends and my family brushing up against each other there. All three of my sisters have now found and friended me, as well as my cousin who I’m horrible at keeping in touch with, which is why I haven’t deleted the whole shooting match.
One of the funniest things about being “friends” with my sisters on Facebook is the glimpse into the interactions with their friends. We’re a pretty diverse group of females. I’m a 36-year-old social hermit using Facebook because I’m supposed to. Sister #1 is a 30-year-old mother of four who lives in Maine and is enjoying finding old classmates because she’s a very social creature. Sister #2 just turned 21 and lists herself as a Christian Conservative Republican. Dude, how did that happen? It must be having different mothers. Anyway, her friends also seem to be mostly classmates. And Sister #3 is 13 and her status updates have recently included shopping, Eclipse and ice cream.
Anyway, one of my concerns is the…enthusiasm of some writers. You know the ones. She’ll find other authors and friend everybody on their list because having 12,983 friends means you rock and will sell many books! I’m sorry, but I don’t want some m/m/f/f/m/m/m/goat writer for Masquerading as Erotic Romance Publishing friending my 13-year-old sister through me.
Overall, though, I guess it’s just a little weird for Writer Shan and Regular Shan to be hanging out in the same place.
I’ve thought about having two separate Facebook pages, but that’s a pain in the butt I don’t want to deal with. I’ve thought about unfriending everybody but family, but that seems horribly rude and kind of defeats whatever purpose there is to an author having a Facebook page. And I’ve thought about deleting the entire thing because to me it seems like an overcomplicated Twitter and I love Twitter, but my sisters and cousin don’t, that I know of, so I’d lose them.
So I guess I have two questions today:
Have any of you had awkwardness stemming from Writer You’s friends and Regular You’s friends coming together?
Whether you’re a writer or a reader, how do you see that Facebook has value for an author?