Alphabet Challenge Day 7
Day seven of my September alphabet blogging challenge.
The letter is F
and the topic is FACEBOOK
I arrived late at the facebook party. I kept hearing that it was good fun, you could post photos, and it was an essential networking tool and internet presence for writers nowadays. I wasn’t too worried about the first two, but the last one did interest me.
However, I resisted it for ages on the grounds that it would waste time and it would increase my already highly developed tendency to procrastinate. I was afraid I would have less time for writing.
Those fears have come true. When my writing isn’t going well (and sometimes even if it’s going very well), I think I’ll just have a quick look at FB – emails fulfil the same function. It’s amazing the amount of time it’s possible to spend ‘amusing’ oneself reading other people’s posts. And sometimes a rash of commenting and liking breaks out. Has anybody else noticed the drive to comment and like seems to come in waves?
So, the downside is significant, but what I hadn’t fully appreciated were the positives. I have made a huge number of writing contacts through FB, have found out about events and opportunities and feel much more in touch with other writers.
I’ve got an author page, where I try to post writing news and activities. But I’m also conscious that people who go on FB simply to ‘boast’ don’t win many fans. Recognising other people’s achievements and news matters, and it’s nice to see how supportive writers are of each other’s successes (and ‘downs’). It’s also nice to post things that might be of interest to others. The etiquette of it all is as finely balanced as etiquette in ordinary life.
There is also a lot of fun to be had. Some of the pictures and cartoons people post have made me laugh out loud, and it’s entertaining to see people’s responses and join in the ‘conversation’. Recently there was a thread which asked for film titles where the word ‘bacon’ took the place of one of the original words in the title. There were some really funny offerings, and I was quite pleased with my The Devil Wears Bacon and The French Lieutenant’s Bacon!
There are some worrying aspects about putting stuff about yourself out there into the ether, and I’m wary of giving too much personal information. I’m also not overly keen on facebook announcing to everyone that I’m going this or that event if I accept an invitation. But so much of our lives in on record nowadays anyway that it probably doesn’t make much difference.
There is one thing happening at the moment that I’m completely unsettled about. FB keeps suggesting Francis Maude is someone I might know and want to be friends with. Francis Maude?! WHY, why and why again?!
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