It’s like one week wants to outdo the previous one for levels of suck. The weather was terrible, which caused everything else to fall apart. Keep in mind that I work in the house and have no personal space, so a full house means I get nothing done. There were other incidents too that I can’t get into here.
I do want to unleash a grievance and I’m using that word without looking it up. On second thought, I’m going to look it up. Okay, I think it will work:
To me, the LIKE button has a different meaning on different sites. On WordPress, I see it as an acknowledgement of a post when someone doesn’t know what to say. A sign that someone saw you within the ether of the Blogging Sea. I do this especially with poetry lately because I’ve been mentally numb and I feel stupid for saying ‘great poem’ twenty times a day. Anyway, there is also the Reblog button, which helps spread your post around and gets you added attention. People love the reblog button and that’s a good thing as well as the smile from the LIKE button.
Then there’s FACEBOOK . . . ugh. For some reason, I hate the LIKE button on Facebook because it seems much more impersonal. Maybe it’s because it feels less personal when somebody does that. With blogging, you’re putting stuff out for people that you only know through the computer. In Facebook, you tend to have real life friends and family there, so you expect more. To be honest, I hear more from my blogging friends on FB than I do from people I’ve smelled in person. Yet, I think there’s an author-based reason I’m having issues with FB.
When I make an FB post about my books on the Writing Groups, I sometimes get LIKES, but I rarely get SHARES. There’s a freaking SHARE option on FB, but very few people that I know hit the damn thing. That is unless it’s political, cat-related, bacon-related, insulting Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus, Firefly-related, Dr. Who-related, Sherlock-related, and other things that I’ve come to ignore. My raffle for this month has yet to be passed around. It makes me think there’s no real point to promoting on Facebook since it doesn’t seem to get me anywhere. I’ll hang around a few groups and SHARE sales that I stumbled onto, but this action is never reciprocated. On Twitter, I see some back and forth, but that’s harder since you have to find a Tweet to Retweet and the feeds can be really messy. With Facebook, it isn’t that hard and it takes very little effort. That LIKE has a sense of ‘good luck, but I’m not going to help’. An Indy Author depends on Word-of-Mouth, so every SHARE is precious. One could say that on FB, nobody cares unless your book is about a bacon-eating cat who is on a quest to rescue Dr. Who by teaming up with Sherlock and the cast of Firefly. Guest appearance by Tom Hiddleston as himself. Seriously, do most of my friends do nothing more than fanboy/girl the day away?
I know what some people are thinking and some have said it: I have no friends who like what you write. Doesn’t matter. Think of it as a chain reaction. You SHARE a post of an author to help and one of your friends sees it and thinks ‘I have a friend who loves these kinds of books’ and they SHARE it. It doesn’t have to be something you or your friends enjoy if you want to help. I SHARE a lot of historical drama and erotic romance sales and events on FB, but I’m not a big fan and I’ve gotten one or two complaints from friends about the erotic stuff. I tell them that I’m helping fellow authors because that’s how this thing works.
Now that the rant is over, here’s the plan for the week:
- Avoid duct taping toddler since this is his week off from school. Mountains of snow and no spending money means library when possible.
- Avoid duct taping wife when she’s home unless she fixes her volume button.
- Avoid duct taping father by end of week when the two of us have been driven insane by toddler and wife antics.
- Write a chapter of Sleeper of the Wildwood Fugue, which is becoming a headache. My outline has become more of a suggestion by this point. Nyx wiped out an entire chapter, Luke did something with his powers that I didn’t think of, and the sixth hero has demonstrated that her powers are different than I’ve thought for the last 13 years.
- Outline a few things if toddler doesn’t allow for full writing.
- Really try to keep the biking up.
- Get over the mental exhaustion that has made me want to close up shop. Everyone has a limit and I passed mine a while back with no time for recovery.