Accidental, almost spammer

"Spam 2" by Cypher789 at the German language Wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
Spam 2” by Cypher789 at the German language Wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

As I drink my cup of morning coffee, I’ve just realized that I’m a spammer of sorts. How embarrassing.

I was so excited with my first ever-published book, so thrilled to share the news with the world that I went into overdrive. My social media presence went from nothing to several tweets and even more retweets a day. You start to find other authors who help you and you help them in return, because it’s the right thing to do. The thing is, after some time you just do this mechanically, almost without thinking. It has become a part of your routine and you share links and things even if they don’t represent you as a writer.

But this morning, as I looked at my Twitter stream and Facebook page (yes, I have one although I haven’t been paying much attention to it) I’ve realized that I wouldn’t like to follow myself. And if so, this means potential readers wouldn’t either. I was mortified.

So, first decision of this day: cut back on social media and post only things that I really think are interesting. I’m not saying I’ll just stop sharing things about my books or from other authors. I’m saying that from now on I’ll try to do it in a more sensible way. The last thing I want is to my social presence to be spammer-like.

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