I was just on my Facebook Author Page, stumbling through the statistics and realized, quite by accident, that I can tell when someone likes my page AND when someone unlikes my page. I had one unlike on April 28, 2016. This got me to thinking about why someone would unlike a page they had explicitly agreed to like. Then I began to wonder if ‘unlike’ was actually a word. Then if you spelled it, did it come with or without a hyphen? My thoughts descended into this general chaos for awhile before rallying back up to the more philosophical and hopefully more compelling questions of liking and un-liking in our life streaming society and how that can be tied to our self worth.
So my little Facebook Author Page isn’t much. We’re a small, but merry band of 283 likes most of which are my friends from my real facebook page. I say real and do my author page and injustice, but I don’t really know if I know how to use a professional facebook page. This got me to thinking, “Does anyone?”. Then I ask myself why? Why can’t I just talk about my writing on my personal page? Because somebody somewhere said, “That’s not how it’s done.” So I ran off like a good do-be and created my Facebook Author Page, then asked everyone on my personal page to like it. I asked all 588 of my facebook friends to go and like my official author page.
The response was a bit underwhelming. It was demoralizing. I mean, I didn’t expect all my 588 facebook friends to jump over and like my author page, okay…maybe I did. But if they didn’t, how was I supposed to reach the great hoards of the story hungry? Where were the players without game masters? Where were the heroes on their heroic journeys? I had what I thought was some fertile soil in my social networks before starting off as an Indy Author.
All I ever wanted to do was to tell a few good stories to some willing listeners. To transport their minds, for even the briefest moment, to another reality. To make these hypothetical listeners/readers question the nature of reality and for a time…to believe in something more. At what point did my voice, my story…the magic of other realities, quantum portals and ancient Councils get tied to a fucking blue and white thumbs up button?!
I think that’s the real kernel of my dilemma. I don’t really care if someone unliked my page or liked my page for that matter. I care that it appears, the only way I can get any real feedback from my stories is through this same piss-poor paradigm of social networthing.
How many followers do I have on twitter?
How many likes do I have on facebook?
How many email addresses to I have in my mailing list?
These are the metrics that I’m told hold value, when all I really want is to see a face light up with wonder at my worlds.
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