December 23, 2011

Must I Use Facebook? Very Minimally


As I move on with Enchanted Conversation, I am forced to confront one of the aspects of managing this 'zine that I dread most: Facebook. I felt compelled to have a presence on Facebook because everyone told me I must.

The problem is, unlike, apparently, everyone else in the world, I don't find it enjoyable or intuitively useful in any way. Tahlia Merrill, who has taken over Diamondsandtoads.com, EC's sister site, has been managing Facebook for me and doing a great job, but she has many commitments, so her work is coming to an end there.

If I do continue with Facebook, it will only be to accommodate would-be writers and poets who wish to follow EC on it. Just a heads up!

Altered image by Richard Doyle.

3 comments

  1. (Resurfacing from my time down in the MudKing's swap this year... ;)
    Just to reassure you - I'm not a Facebook fan either. I really, really don't like it for multiple reasons. I understand why people do but there are many things that bother me about it and the more changes/upgrades/etc I see the more I'm bothered.
    But... (Yeah, there's always a "but".)
    It's tough with the visibility thing in trying to network and get something off the ground so here's some ideas to make FB work for you rather have you work for it:
    Perhaps there's a way to set-up Facebook so there's an automatic posting of the header + first few lines from the latest blog post (I think Fairy tale Factory does this). I know you can choose to send Twitter postings to Facebook - and if using Tweetdeck you can choose which specific ones, rather than have them all go there. These things may allow you to have a "Facebook presence" without needing to maintain it or visit much, if at all.
    Looking forward to catching up on everything I've missed this year and some of the year before...
    Blessings for the season Kate to you and all yours. So glad that EC is continuing and going from strength to strength.

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  2. I have a love-hate relationship with Facebook. I love that I can keep in touch with a lot of friends from far away (or even in town) but there are lots and lots of things to hate about it, so I totally understand why you wouldn't want to deal with it.

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  3. The idea that to make it in the literary realm involves having a Facebook/web presence does leave an uncomfortable, itchy feeling, especially when what draws me to writing are the stuff of forest fairies and handwriting and tales of yonder. But I can see how social networking has its advantages of helping to stay connected...kudos to Tahlia for doing such a great job, and I look forward to seeing what will come next.

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