I know I might get some back lash from this post, so I apologize in advance. And please, I don’t want anyone to take offense to this and be like, “Is she talking about me?” Because most likely, I’m not. I’m talking about this subject in general, not pointing a finger at a specific person.
Let’s talk about promotional etiquette on facebook.
This subject REALLY annoys me. A lot. We all know that almost everyone is on facebook. It’s addicting, especially for nosy, have-to-know-everything type of people like me (I admit that, I’m gossipy). And yes, it’s a great place to promote. But I think it’s important to know when and where it’s okay to do it.
I have an author’s page on FB and I use it a lot. I use my author’s page to post info on my books and engage followers in conversations about writing related things, then I have my personal facebook that all I do is mostly talk about how awesome my kid is, complain about work and repost Takei’s pictures (because they are fricken funny). So, there’s a separation between my job (as a writer) and my life as a mom and friend. I think it’s important to keep this separation.
So, this leads me to the question.
“Is promoting on your personal facebook hurtful to you, rather than helpful?”
People who “like” my author’s page are expecting me to babble on about my books and talk about writing. That’s what the page is about. Me. The writer and my books. But—what about your friends outside the writing world? Like close friends and family? The ones on your personal facebook account that’s not tied to you as a professional author?
These are the people you talk about everyday things to, share photos and complain about your man too, they’re not meant to be a marketable audience. They know you write, and if they want updates on your books, etc, they know to find that on your author’s page.
To me, I think it’s important to have your professional life and your personal life separate. It annoys me when people promote their businesses constantly on their personal facebook. Constant promotion can annoy your friends too, maybe even cause a few to defriend you. Your personal facebook should be reserved for pictures of your kids and what you’re doing (or who you’re doing lol), not for constant talk about your books or plugging.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks this. People friend you (unless you state on the profile it’s about your books/you as an author) because they want to know about you, your family or what you’re doing. Not to get subjected to a bunch of “spam” type posts fifty times a day.
They don’t want to see you promoting constantly on there for you or your friend’s books. Sure, it’s nice and it reaches people, but it’s annoying. I have actually defriended or hidden activity from people who do stuff like that. What sucks about that, is then you miss the posts they make that you “do” care about. So, it is my belief, you stick to your author’s page for promotion/author stuff and don’t taint your own personal facebook status’ with it.
So, what do you think? Where do you draw the line and what is appropriate conduct on various kinds of social media outlets? Have you been blocked or have you ever blocked anyone who’s done this?