I recently enrolled in an online course to learn how to better promote myself through social networks: Facebook, Twitter, and the like. One of the first assignments is to create a Facebook Fan Page for our writing, whether or not we’re published. I’m struggling with this.
Maybe it’s that good ol’ humility Canadians are so famous for, but won’t it seem conceited of me to start up a Fan Page before my novel gets published? Fan Pages are for celebrities, aren’t they? (Well, celebrities and ridiculous causes like ‘become of a fan of I Hate It When I Wake Up in the Morning and Can’t Remember My Own Name.) In that case, maybe the idea isn’t quite so ridiculous after all.
I have published thousands of articles, but so have many journalists, and I don’t see them starting up Fan Pages. I have this blog, but there are millions of bloggers without Fan Pages. However, as my instructor says, “it’s never too early to start promoting your own work”.
Do you agree? What’s your stance on this? Would you sign up to be a Fan of mine, or would you think I’ve gotten a little too big for my britches, so to speak? I’m a bit afraid of backlash, especially from the local writing community. I can imagine a lot of “who does she think she is?” sniping going on. That said, I do have a few exciting projects coming up, and it would be nice to have one central point to let my friends know about them.
I’m eager for your opinion. What’s your view of the Fan Page?
Watched the first episode of Jillian Michaels’ new show, Losing It, last night and was a little disappointed. It was just too short, and the pressure on her to change a family’s life in one week is a bit much. Still, there was one thing she said on the show that really inspired me–I think it’s so true. Jillian kept pushing one woman to work out harder, and the woman whined “I’m trying!” Jillian replied
To bed at: 11:30 p.m.
Awake at: 6:30 a.m.
Novel pages written: Four. I have now written over fifty pages since I began this blog project!