I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas or Hanukah or whatever holiday (or holidays) you might have celebrated this month! Mine was…well, interesting. I live smack-dab in the middle of the United States where Christmas Day was a a warm 70 degrees, then Saturday was rainy with a chance of tornadoes. Sunday was rainy and freezing cold, and yesterday (Monday) we had snow! Thankfully we’re all safe and everything save a few sections of my fence is still standing!
As for my debate–or inner struggle, rather.
Long ago I used my blog here to post about EVERYTHING. Books, characters, news, my writing/editing process, the inside scoop on publishing, but mainly my personal life including my kids and husband, etc. I even posted about my experiences at the mall! I really enjoyed that, but I always felt like posting every day was annoying or “pushy” even if it wasn’t about my books everyday so for the past year to year and a half, I’ve leaned more heavily on social media platforms, mainly Facebook where I felt like I could post a story or a question and just be a PERSON and not an author screaming for you all to BUY MY BOOKS!!!!
However, I’m currently struggling with how much I trust Facebook. In the past two weeks I’ve had two experiences that make me very, very uncomfortable about using Facebook. The first started when one night I texted another mother in my son’s class from my phone. Didn’t go through Facebook or any other social media. Just plain out text. The very next day, this woman was listed first as “someone you might know” in that little section where they send you friend suggestions. This creeped me out a little because well we have NO mutual friends. I’d only ever texted this woman one time and had never even looked up her page. Very odd.
Very next day, I was visiting with a friend of mine whose son is thinking to go to a local private trade school. I just so happened to know a girl whose dad went to the same school and her husband went to a competing school. I texted her just to get an opinion. Never looked it up online. Never did anything other than text. Every day since then, I’ve had an ad for this particular school showing up in my newsfeed wanting me to click to find out more information. This is very unnerving to me and is the reason I haven’t posted anything other than sharing information about the American Mail Order Bride series I’m a part of.
So…now that I’ve given you all more information than any of you probably wanted to read, I’d like to get some honest opinions: does it bother you to get daily updates in your inbox with links here where I chat about things completely unrelated to my books? Does it make you feel pressured to buy them? Any thoughts???