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Always Think Before Posting to Social Media

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

Social media is a great tool. It can be used to connect with friends, readers, colleagues, family…nearly everyone is on some sort of social media these days–even my dad, who dislikes social media, looks at my mom’s Facebook account. He does not have one of his own though. ūüėÄ He lurks behind her name.

Posting to Facebook or Twitter (or Pinterest, etc.) about your writing journey is great, but it’s important to think about what you post before you put it up. Here are a few examples of why you should be careful.

1. You ask for prayer because your deadline is approaching and you aren’t sure you are going to make it. <–This could be fine–unless you have also been posting all about the various vacations you have been taking and how much you tend to procrastinate. If you happen to be friends with your editor or someone from your publishing house, they might see this and could be more critical of the work you turn in or might even pass you up for a future writing opportunity because they see that you aren’t taking the time to do your very best work on the projects you have been contracted for. (And please always do try to make the most of the entire time you have to write your book!)

2. You post about ALL the things happening in your life.¬†There’s definitely a benefit to this. Your friends and family should be aware and likely do want to know what is going on for you. But this might not be something that needs to be shared with all of your friends. Consider having two accounts–one personal and one for business. Or maybe start a group with family or close friends for posting the more personal items. Save your status updates for things that are beneficial for all of your friends to see. You don’t want people to have a negative impression of you based on your oversharing to those who are not close to you.

3. You constantly post about your money troubles. In most cases, this is one of those things that should be shared only to those closest to you. It’s a private matter and 99.9% of the time one of your friends has worse trouble than you do and isn’t talking about it online. If it’s on a GoFundMe-level of need that’s one thing, and I do believe in helping people who are trapped by some awful turn of events, but frequently posting about not being able to afford luxuries is not good. If it’s a “first world problem” we should avoid posting–especially if you are posting to your fans or potential readers.

3. You post something about someone else assuming they will not see it.¬†Careful about this! I would go so far as to not post anything personal about anyone without their permission. This happened to a friend of mine. An acquaintance of hers posted about something my friend’s child said to another child at school. The thing her child said wasn’t a nice thing, but her child is only 5. Many of the acquaintance’s friends popped on attacking the young child in the comments. Crazy. The acquaintance assumed it was okay to post this because she isn’t friends with that mom on Facebook, but I assure you anything you post online isn’t private.

The moral of this post is: It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to posting on social media. Use it as a tool, but do so carefully and thoughtfully.

Happy Posting!

Do you have any social media tips to share?

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