Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Topics, topics, topics...

In the years since I've been doing this blog, I've attempted to avoid two very controversial topics: politics and religion. Actually, some people seem to have conflated the two. (Like that? Word-a-day strikes again). But I've sort of avoided them, especially the inflammatory posts I'm seeing lately.

I have announced some time ago that I accept "Friend" requests on this FB site from people I know or have met (through a conference, for example). If you're a fan of my writing, I suggest my "fan" page. That's here, FaceBook page, and on that I post (usually a couple of times a day) information that might be of interest to writers and readers alike.

When I look back at some of my earlier blog posts (and, by the way, these are now available in Kindle format for the princely sum of 99 cents, and are pretty good reading, if I do say so myself), it seemed a simpler time. I was able to talk about my first steps as a writer, the mistakes I made, the lessons I learned. In those early days, most of my posting was about writing. Now I do it on Fridays, devoting Tuesdays to general posts.

So, here's my question (or my questions, since more seem to be coming to mind). Do you read my other FaceBook page? Is it worth my continuing to post there on a regular basis? What would you like to see here? Is a writer's life at all interesting to you? Would you like my opinion sometimes? Or, are you thinking of dropping FB because, like many of us, you're a bit antsy about the gathering of information about yourself? I'd like to know.

8 comments:

EM Griffith said...

I do read your other Facebook page (as well as your blog) on a regular basis, but understand your concerns. Social media has become a useful tool for those wishing to create/fuel discord; now we know it's also a tool to collect and sell personal information. Maybe we should have seen that coming? I don't know.

Dr. Mabry, it's nice to get a glimpse of your writer's life and see what other things you're interested in. Many of us read your books and novellas because you're a Christian writer whose faith is part of all your work. Social media is a way to both market your work and share your faith. Wishing you God's blessings and protection. As long as you keep writing, I'll keep reading with gratitude.

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks, Elise. I appreciate (and value) your comments. And I'll keep on writing...I just don't know what avenues and activities I'll use to get the word out.

Jackie Smith said...

I read you HERE ..do very little FB. I am interested in your books (read them all), your life...so hope you can continue here although I know you are very busy, and I want you to spend the needed time writing books!!

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks, Jackie. I plan to give more information on Fridays about the "writing life," but may sneak some of that in on Tuesdays as well.

Priscilla Bettis said...

I am not on FB, so I only read you here.

The controversial subjects thing is tricky. I have friends on the other side of the political spectrum, and we are friends because we can talk, and disagree, and be okay. It's when a blogger posts a mean rant, and I . . . well, I read the first sentence then close the window. I am struggling right now with another author's blog because I think he's a fabulous writer, but I'm about to unsubscribe because his political posts are full of anger. I feel like I'm being shouted at, not fun to read.

Richard Mabry said...

Priscilla, I know what you mean. Several of the people I follow on FB post things with which I violently disagree, and I've learned to just "hide" those posts. I don't argue--it does no good. If it reaches the point where I just don't want to see the posts anymore, I "unfollow" the individual. (They don't get notified that way). Meanwhile, I think I'll stick to less controversial subjects for my blog. Thanks for the comment.

Patricia Bradley said...

I like upbeat FB posts and will quickly hide a post I deem offensive. But I love reading you here--for some reason I don't get your posts unless I go to your page...

Richard Mabry said...

Patricia, I think my posts also appear on Goodreads (don't recall setting it up, but occasionally someone will comment there). I sometimes mention the UL of my blog posts on Twitter with a few words of "tease." Where else should I arrange for them to be posted? I've been at this writing thing for over a decade, and am still learning. (And I don't really like social media--or what it's become).