I’ve just started a Facebook fan page for this here blog.
I’ve been giving a lot of thought to how to expand my readership, and whether that’s something that’s important to me (answer: “No, not really, I’d rather have loyal and engaged readers than many, many not-caring ones”). I’ve also been thinking about what kinds of connections I form with people outside my immediate peer group, and how I do that. All these things are connected with my reasons for starting the fan page. It’s also a bit about egoism.
Also, I’m feeling somewhat merciful toward all those friends who don’t read my blog anyway and have been putting up with my “NEW POST!” spam for over a year now. (Sorry guys). And I want to give people a chance to communicate with me outside commenting directly on my blog – which is becoming less common anyway, probably because it’s a bit… tricky. So if people don’t want to comment on my blog, what’s their other option? Twitter? Ok, but not the ideal forum for real discussion. Facebook has “like” functions, which require almost no thought at all other than the “liking” impulse, but they still express what someone thinks with minimal effort. And, as I’ve discovered in talking to other bloggers, some people are certainly more comfortable engaging via Facebook. Unless you’re in my direct friendship circle, you don’t have an opportunity to do that. Up until now. And, as per previous posts, I have noticed I’ve got some readers who aren’t my mum or boyfriend.
So! Go forth and LIKE, yo!
09/06/2011 at 7:27 am
I use the fan page, but still ‘spam’ my friends on my usual Facebook wall, because I’m not sure most people like it haha.
10/06/2011 at 11:32 am
I don’t have a Facebook page currently, but have thought about it. My issue is that my close group of friends has very little to do with my life as a writer, hence until recently, the two social circles have been kept apart. I almost want that separation, so that I can still have some freedom to write what I want on my blog without fearing social retribution.
But I wonder whether by doing that I’m really just putting up an unnecessary divider between the two halves. Is writing a vocation, or a lifestyle? I still tend to keep writing as a kind of dirty little secret, a kind of affliction, and I wonder how healthy (and sustainable) that perspective is.
10/06/2011 at 11:37 am
I wonder about separating the two halves also. I had a conversation the other day with someone about professionalism and conducting a lot of writing stuff via facebook… If professionalism’s what someone’s after, they shouldn’t look me up on facebook, yeah?
I think people are savvy enough to know what they’re getting into online.
As for your separation and “social retribution”… you don’t write anything THAT scathing, do you? You’re a self-aware kind of guy, I doubt that you’d publish anything hurtful, and if it’s not hurtful then you have all the freedom in the blogosphere to write about it.
10/06/2011 at 11:32 am
By the way, what plugin do you use for your comments? I love the different log in options.
10/06/2011 at 11:34 am
No idea about the plug-in, sorry Mark! It’s just whatever WordPress thinks is dope.