Ok. I admit it: after less than a week on Facebook, I am a social media convert. Yep, all it took was a few days, and I AM HOOKED.
Let me explain: Until recently, I had little interest in or use for social media. I just did not see how it would benefit or enrich my life. I am an intensely private person, and I don’t really like to share (my oldest child syndrome). My life is fairly simple: I go to work and then go home to my family. Perfectly ordinary. Why would I need to be on social media? My life is pretty full already.
Once I decided to come out of my shell and seriously pursue my dream of becoming an author, I had to step out in more ways than one. So I started this blog to showcase my work. Then I considered what next. I needed to branch out, broaden horizons (sounds cliché, I know). An opportunity to join a review group landed in my inbox, but a Facebook account was required.
So I took the plunge! Man! My only complaint so far is what took me so long. This has been wonderful. A like from both Elizabeth Hunter and Love Belvin (*giggles*). An author chat with Jacinta Howard (so there!). A comment from Nia Forrester (happy dance!). Nana Malone’s Sassy Street Team (sign me up!). I am as giddy as a school girl!
Facebook has inspired me and renewed my enthusiasm. As I follow my favorite authors, I discovered a tribe of fellow readers who share my passion for the written word. Now I know I am not the only person to stalk Amazon at 12:01 am on a new release day. And then again at 6:05 am before I even get out of bed. (Don’t judge me.) I discovered authors that provide additional insights into their work and about the characters I’ve come to know and love (or know and despise). This is huge because I invest in each book that I read; I completely immerse myself in the experience. Discovering both readers and authors who share my passion is invigorating. I am connected. I am accepted. I am normal (or a little less abnormal. Maybe?).
Now that I’ve joined Facebook, I am ready to take on other social media platforms. What to try next? Instagram. Pinterest. Twitter. #IAMREADY