So, I’m On That Facebook Thing Now

Dear Reader,

In an effort to learn more about social media, I’ve decided to open up a Facebook page. For years, I swore that I would never join Facebook, mostly because I didn’t want to be like everyone else. Plus, I thought that the only thing people posted were pictures of their trip to the Bahamas, and I’ve never been to the Bahamas. But, alas, I’ve slowly come to accept that, in this day and age, being on social media is pretty crucial for artists, especially independent ones like myself. So, I’ve now created my own page, which you can find here.  If you would be so kind as to “like” my page (that’s how it works, right?), it would mean a great deal to me. (My housemates would also probably appreciate it, too, as it would mean that I would stop bugging them and asking them to “like me.”)

The page is pretty new, so there’s not a lot of content on it yet. In the coming weeks, I’ll start posting more about various things, like what music I’m listening to, recording and music updates, my (imaginary) trip to the Bahamas, and whatever else floats into my mind throughout the day.

Thank you so much and have a great day!

Sincerely,

Charlie

P.S. For those who have more experience with Facebook than I do (in other words, everyone who has a Facebook account), if you have any tips on what to post, I’d love to hear from you in the comments section down below!

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31 Responses to So, I’m On That Facebook Thing Now

  1. I detest Facebook. The amount of misinformation is disturbing but I do have one since it’s how I keep in touch my my large family. The only advice I have is to not over share. Avoid sharing anything too personal. Watch out for those misinformed people who try to shove their opinions down everyone’s throat (not that you seem like that type of person). No one likes a Facebook fight and to avoid commenting on those at all cost. It’s a guaranteed way to get unjustly attacked.

  2. Liked. As to what to post, it depends on what you’re trying to do. I know what I want to do with mine, which currently has 1,404 likes, but I haven’t found the time to do it yet.

  3. Facebook, like any social media, has two sides to it–and probably more than two, but I’ll only deal with two. The first side is the social side. Sharing on Facebook is not about selling or yelling at people to “buy my book, music, etc”. It is to share things that interest us. Since I’m all about empowering women and girls, most of the stuff on my page is about women and girls and either issues that need people to be aware of them or positive posts about females like the young girl who plays baseball, women making strides in all the various fields, and so forth. So the thing to do would be to decide what type of people you want to draw to your site then post accordingly.
    The second side of Facebook is the negative side. There are those who will come on site and criticize, or make snarky comments or flat out insult you or make inappropriate posts to your timeline. I had someone post a very female negative post on my timeline which I deleted and blocked the sender. So it does take some oversight.
    Your next big step is Twitter, which you would be very good at and which might suit you well as you could connect with and enter conversations with other musicians and music buffs. I am still learning Twitter.
    Good luck.

    • This is excellent advice. Thank you. And yes, I think there’s always that trade off with social media. On one hand, you can really connect with people who share similar interests. One the other hand, you’re going to get a bunch of people who simply want to bring you down, no matter what you’re posting about.
      I’m still trying to learn Twitter, too. I might make a post about that soon.

  4. I’d tell you it all depends on which age group you’re trying to attract. As of now, pre-teens and teens are going to be leaving Facebook and opting towards Instagram and Twitter. Older generations, older as in 20+ years, are more likely to still have an account and will use it way more often than teens now, at least those who have a Facebook account. Just things to keep in mind… 🙂

      • I just did a “LIKE” for your Facebook page. I’m new to having a website & interacting on social networking sites. My mentors set everything up for me, connecting & linking my website and they must’ve linked EVERY social site there is: Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, RebelMouse & a newspaper that prints digital editions twice daily, etc. I’m not online for weeks sometimes & there’s no way I could keep up with everything – I wouldn’t even want to try. Everything is linked from my website (hosted here at WordPress), so when I write posts here, they automatically send tweets, Facebook info, etc – I could try to ask one to write everything down – I know it would help people… It’s a process in the works, but since I’m away, it might take a little while.

        • Thank you! Your “like” is very much appreciated!
          I’m just getting used to the social media thing, too. It’s nice when you are able to have different social sites post and link back to your site. It can help a lot with gaining more exposure.

          • I agree – that’s one of the reasons I’m going to have one of my mentors write down the information used to set up my site & the steps they took to link everything up – I don’t know how to do it all myself & would not have the ability to manage all of this – I’d just shut down & quietly fade away into obscurity (or something very much like that). It can become overwhelming at times, but I no longer feel guilty if I’m not online enough – I HUGE thing for me with all I have to manage in my “real world”. I just cannot be here as much as I want, but I’m getting pretty good feedback on my sites. It’s kinda incredible to me that people actually visit my site or one of my social networking sites & leave comments/feedback/constructtive criticism, etc. (my site is very new, but I’ve found interesting people (or they find me – a good thing, I suppose. My mentors are almost 100% responsible for linking everything together & keeping things going. Now, when I am well enough to be online, I can use my time online in a positive manner. If it becomes a chore & is no longer fun, informative and/or entertaining, I just take time away for myself.

  5. Wow! I’m impressed that you waited so long to join. About a month ago, I decided to move away from using FB as much because I felt irritable, etc., after scrolling the newsfeed. Plus, I wasted a lot of time. What to post? I moved to WordPress because I wanted to write things that had a deeper meaning (IMO), but no one really seems to care about that on FB. Posting photos of your kids and selfies is pretty popular. Reposting articles is also a thing to do there.

    • I think you made a smart decision. I think, at least from what I’ve seen, Facebook is more for updates and quick questions, whereas WordPress gives you a better opportunity to examine the deeper questions in life. Plus, WordPress is just cool in general.

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