Wednesday, January 19, 2011

In which I compromise my principles...

Yes--it's true. Swine have most likely sprouted wings and taken to the skies, all because--as some of you already know--I crossed over to the dark side this weekend. I joined Facebook.

Which is especially shocking because it comes only days after I made yet another huge, personal concession and joined Goodreads.

But the reason I caved--and believe me, I did NOT make the decisions lightly--is because I want to support the writing community as much as I can, and because I like to be as accessible as possible, to anyone who wants to reach me. (well...not to the creepers, but hopefully my security settings will keep them away. :D)

So in that vein, I joined Goodreads, because I realize how much it can matter to authors to have their books marked as "to read" or "read" and to have reviews posted on there. The star system still TOTALLY makes me ookey--I keep going back and adjusting them, and am tempted to simply remove them all together. But as a fellow writer in the trenches who will hopefully someday be having my book marked as "to read," I thought it only fair that I give support where I can.

And I joined Facebook because I realize that many of you aren't on Twitter (which, seriously guys--you are missing out!) and I've gotten to the point where I can't "follow back" everyone anyway. Plus I just don't have the kind of blog hopping time I used to. So I wanted to create one more place where I could keep up with what you have going on, and where you can reach me if you need me. (What you could possibly need me for at this point, I don't know. Thoughts on hot guys, perhaps? lolcat pictures? Shannon Shame? I don't have much else...)

But yeah. I've officially crossed over to the dark side. And while it is--I'll confess--not AS bad as I thought it would be (in fact, turns out my agent is even on Facebook--who knew? Yay! A whole new way to potentially drive her crazy!) I am a little worried about the whole TIME SUCK issue, so I'm going to be very careful about balancing my social networking time.

All of which is my longwinded, rambling way of saying:

*herald trumpets sound*

If you would like to "friend" me on Facebook, I *think* you can do that HERE.

And if you would like to "friend" me on Goodreads, I *think* you can do that HERE.

I've been trying to track some of you down and send the invites myself, but I'm still moderately befuddled by the complexity of these websites (oh how I long for the simplicity of Twitter) so I know I'm missing like a bazillion of you. So please, if you want to see what kind of shenanigans I can cause in these new venues (*rubs palms together with an evil smile*) send me a friend invite. I promise I'll accept. Well...unless you're a creeper. But I'm pretty sure that doesn't count any of you. ;)

Have a great day, and watch out for those flying swine! 

35 comments:

  1. I totally reassessed my Goodreads page a couple of months ago. I wanted to use it as a place where I could keep lists of books I'd read/wanted to read and find new books, but I didn't like the star system. So, I got rid of it. Now, if I really, really like a book, I might write a review, but I am a STAR-FREE ZONE. It's a good place for me to be.

    I also deleted about 200 "friends" from Facebook last year because they weren't. Friends that is. Not really.

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  2. I'm glad you are finally on Facebook. Maybe sometime do a post on Twitter and explain how those of us who have very little time (like work and raise a family too) could use Twitter in a way they'd find useful and maybe you'd convince us.

    Also, how have you found so many friends so far?

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  3. Ooh, Facebook. I did that once, along with Myspace when it was popular, but ended up closing my account. I just didn't have the time to put into it.

    Have fun with yours, though! :)

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  4. Those are the reasons I joined both - to support the writing community. I've found people are really interested in what I have to say about a book. (Which is beyond me) I have a lot of folks following my reviews on Goodreads--still beyond me--and some who've friended me on FB to follow me through Networkblogs. For me, as well as you, it's building more of that platform.

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  5. Hmmm. I haven't done much on Goodreads yet but am on there as well. I don't like any 5 star system because there doesn't seem to be enough leeway, which is why my reviewing blog is using a 1-10 system.

    I am not sure about facebook. I have a page, but not related to my pen name. It's got my real name, with pictures and is my connection to certain family members. Sure, I'm not related to them all but it's more of a friend/family place for me than a writing one. I post status updates about my writing but am cautious about who I friend on there.

    Not sure about either one as networking in the writing world but it's something to consider.

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  6. You're so cute. I, myself, hate Twitter. But I've been doing the FBook thing for years. As far as Goodreads...I've signed up but I'm not *there* yet.

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  7. Congrats on joining the dark side! I love Goodreads simply because I can keep track of all the books I want to read and make lists of the books I have read. I'm still trying to navigate Twitter as well as the rest of you, but I'm not quite there yet.

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  8. I friended you (oh and to make you smile, when I clicked on the link and your FB page came up, my six year old looked over my shoulder and said, "she is beautiful!")

    I joined Goodreads for a contest but have yet to put any of my reviews on there. I have so much going on that it seemed like one more thing to do, but maybe I will check into that this weekend. Thanks!

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  9. Welcome to the dark side! We have cookies. :)

    I do enjoy the quickness of Twitter, but I always check Facebook more. It's nice to connect with friends in such a way that Twitter can't.

    Goodreads is fun, although I haven't done too much there beyond some reviews and marking books as "read," "currently-reading" or "to read." I didn't know you could ban the star system, though. That's cool! I hate ranking a book as such, although I'm sure that's all some people look at when choosing a book.

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  10. I recently joined Goodreads, too. And then I attempted to mark books I've read, became overwhelmed at the enormity of the task, and gave up. Baby steps, I guess.

    I'm on Facebook but I have to say, Twitter is soo much better. And not just because I don't have to see my 12-year-old cousin's Farmville updates. May your experience on Facebook involve fewer barn animals.

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  11. I have to second Candace's notion, and I know we'll have to agree to disagree on this, but Bookface puts Twatter to shame.

    I don't spend a lot of time on either, but Facebook is way better.

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  12. I recently re-joined Good Reads for the same reason as you did, Shannon. Still have some building of shelves to do, finding friends etc., but yeah...I want to connect with the authors and writers I want to, er, connect with. Yep. I have quite the way with words!

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  13. Yeah, I might have to compromise my principles and do the Facebook and Twitter thing, too. I hate that. But what can you do?

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  14. I can't believe you joined the dark side of facebook! Ha, I actually quit facebook a few months ago because I thought it was a little to stalkerish and go to the point where I was tired of everyone knowing my business from facebook and not calling me or trying to talk to me in real life.

    On the other end...once I have a book deal I hear it's great for promotion, so I may have to go back to the dark side at that point...*grumble*grumble*

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  15. I haven't gotten the hang of Twitter yet. I suspect that's because I don't make sure that I'm on it everyday whereas I'll be on goodreads and FB every day.

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  16. So glad to see you on Facebook! Don't worry about those flying pigs - they look cute with angel wings ;o)

    Visit My Kingdom Anytime

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  17. One day I do believe that pigs will fly cos they're super cute and intelligent!!!

    Awww good luck with your Facebook adventure!!!

    Take care
    x

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  18. I'm still debating on joining Twitter and Goodreads.... I just already struggle with time constraints so it makes me a little.....I dno.

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  19. Ha ha ha! I was thrilled to see you turn up in BOTH places. I agree with Natalie A.--do a post to convince the non-tweeters why we should. I admit that it makes no sense to me. I don't get Twitter. *forgive, please forgive* :-)

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  20. Once upon a time I did have a twitter, before they got super popular... and then I deleted it after about a week. Still don't have one. And it took me forever to get a facebook too. I didn't join until I graduated high school just because I didn't want to lose my friends.

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  21. I so understand the whole pigs flying thing. I felt like that about twitter, and now I prefer it to anything. :)

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  22. I didn't realize that Facebook was the dark side, lol.

    I'm on Facebook and Twitter, but not Goodreads.

    I block all the game things on Facebook, so I'm not bogged down with all that. A great way to learn about books, though.

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  23. I joined Facebook myself about a year ago for the same reason. Now I love it -- I post all my blog posts there. Haven't started using Twitter yet although I have an official twitter account; I just never got it off the ground.

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  24. Your blog looks great! Sorry if I'm not noticing anything new, I hate when I do that. And please educate me on Goodreads and why this would be a good investment of my time?

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  25. I think I was the complete opposite of you because Twitter was the last one I joined. I enjoy Goodreads, but I do worry about the star rating system. Some people view three stars as bad, but the system says it's good. I worry people will misinterpret my rating. In my mind 3 stars means I liked it. Anyway, welcome to Goodreads and Facebook. I'll see you there. And by the way, those pigs like a good fly every once in a while!

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  26. Also, could you educate me in how to get my blog awards to shrink? Thanx! ;)

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  27. I don't spend much time on Facebook anymore (because I got too sucked into the games), but I'll be sure to add you as a friend for the rare occasions when I do go there. ;-)

    A while back I bought a couple of charms of a pig flying so I could make bookmarks for my Etsy Shop. I've made a bookmark with the silver one, but now I'll use the gold one to make a bookmark in honor of this post. I'll use teal beads and thread to match the background of your blog. =D

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  28. We are doing this opposite of each other. I started with facebook (just family and friends), then created a Blog. I joined goodreads a while back.

    I created a twitter account but haven't had a chance to do much! Where the heck is the time going?

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  29. And here I thought I was the last person on earth to join Facebook :D It's not too bad. I mostly avoid it unless I think of something remotely witty to say. I'll wander over and "friend" you :D

    ~Jen

    PS: welcome to the dark side!

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  30. Love the flying pigs!! I was on Facebook and quit a few months back. I haven't missed it yet. At some point I suppose I'll go back, but things will be different this time (so she says now!).

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  31. LOL, you'll figure it out and adjust faster than you think!

    FB and Twitter are nothing new for me, but I did my own "joining the Dark Side" move last week when I finally joined goodreads (yay more friends!) and started a Tumblr! Let me tell you, when it comes to time sucks, I think Tumblr takes the cake. -__-'

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  32. i love that you joined facebook over the weekend and you already have over 200 friends! go shannon, go shannon!
    looking into this goodreads you speak of! sounds kind of exciting. notgunnalie.

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  33. Well, how industrious of you! I still am holding out. I really do NOT have the time to add another thing, or I'd not get any writing done. And ugh, I hate learning new technology or programs. So good for you for diving right in there. :)

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  34. I've actually been thinking for a couple of days about making my Goodreads shelf a star free zone. That way I can record what I've read, what I'm reading and what I'm going to read, but I don't have to squick myself out by rating books I don't want to rate. It's just so difficult. I prefer to focus on the positives in the books I read, but if you don't rate a book 5, does that mean you should mention the negatives in your review, to justify yourself? I don't want to! I also read a lot of really classic stuff, which has some pretty iffy portrayals of the role of women from time to time (eg, I'll go first, Shannon, this type of danger isn't for girls!) and while obviously I don't endorse it and I'd never write it, nor would anybody today, how do you respond to it in a review?

    Whups, long enough for a comment! You've hit a spot I've been thinking about ;)

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  35. I avoid social networks but I'd follow you if I could. I'm starting to be swayed to the dark side too though. Who knows, I may end up with a Twitter account sometime soon.

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