How Connected are You?

Social media 1Nicola here and today I’m talking about social media. Later this week I’m heading to the Romantic Novelists’ Association Conference in Telford, Shropshire, where one of the talks I’m doing is a joint workshop with Sarah Morgan called “Let’s Get Social.” There’s a certain irony in my talking about authors and social media, or even social media in general. I have a love/hate relationship with it to say the least. But perhaps that can be useful because whilst Sarah is a social media guru extraordinaire, I’m more the person who grumbles because I know that these days it’s an integral part of being a writer but I’m not always good at using it or very committed. So hopefully we will be representing different aspects and attitudes of the authors who will be present. And one thing that I do agree wholeheartedly with Sarah on is that it’s all about engagement. I love chatting about books, writing and history amongst other things so if I want to do that I need to make contact with like-minded people and beat my technology phobia!

At the same time as discussing the workshop with Sarah I’ve also been designing a new website. (It’s at www.nicolacornick.co.uk and it’s still a work in progress.) One of the most useful things I did in the run up to that was ask on Facebook what people like to Like me see on an author website.  I got so much useful stuff, thereby proving amongst other things how helpful it is to be connected on FB! When I visit a site myself I’m usually looking for information on a book I’ve either read or heard about – when it’s out, more detail about the background and characters perhaps, what the follow up will be. Some of the suggestions readers gave me were things I hadn’t thought of; all were fantastically useful. The biggest bugbear people seemed to have was not knowing the series order for books so listing all the connected books is a must. I also love that readers enjoy knowing more about the historical background to my books.  Another request was for book and author recommendations. Perhaps that’s why our Word Wench “What We’re Reading” is so popular?

Back in the day (and the day wasn’t so long ago in real terms but is forever in cyber terms) there were websites and blogs.  Like many people I had an individual blog as well as being a part of a number of group blogs. These days I’ve archived my individual blog. There are an awful lot of blogs about and I simply wasn’t able to put in sufficient time to engage with mine and to make it worthwhile for people to come and visit it. In contrast, I think the Wenches blog has such longevity and popularity because it has built up a wonderful community here.  It really does illustrate the point about a place where we can all chat and engage in topics of interest.

FacebookI also vaguely remember way back being told that Myspace was the place to go for social media interaction but then that was quickly superseded by Facebook. There was also something called Second Life – people held book launches there which seemed really cool. FB really is my bugbear though; I don’t go on it very often, certainly not as often and FB would like me to do. They are always nagging me to advertise or sponsor a post. But you know what I like the best is my personal FB page where I post about anything from historic houses I’ve visited to a video of the dog jumping in his paddling pool.

If we’re talking a social media drug of choice then mine is definitely Twitter. It’s quick, it’s Twitter interesting and I’ve met so many amazing and fascinating people via their Tweets (and an extraordinary number of men who apparently work for the armed forces, the UN or Cambridge University. They are disproportionately represented on social media, it seems.) Then there is Instagram (great if you love photo-sharing), Pinterest, Goodreads, and just as I was pleased I had a grasp of what these sites do, I realised there was a whole other raft of places about which I had no idea.

How many people have their own YouTube channel these days? Never mind blogging, it’s about vlogging your lifestyle. And apparently as the number of people who engage with audio increases, podcasts are getting more and more popular.  And so it goes on.  

ScreenI suppose in the end it all depends on what we want social media to be for.  Some people see it as a way of sharing aspects of their life with friends, family and followers. Others see it as a selling tool whatever business we are in but I think that many of us aren’t comfortable with so overt a drive to sell. In an increasingly busy and fragmented world social media is a way of finding and keeping in touch with other people who are interested in the things we enjoy whether it is books, reading, history or other many topics. The community and engagement aspects are for so many of us the best thing about it.

How connected are you? Do you love social media, hate it or have a more equivocal relationship with it like I do? Do youhave a favourite social media platform and if so what do you like about it?

150 thoughts on “How Connected are You?”

  1. *I’d* read your blog! In fact I’ve actually been to your site multiple times to see what you have to say about historical stuff!
    What matters most to me on an author website is updates. Every time I review on my blog I link to the book page on the author’s site. Or… I *try* to, but some authors haven’t updated their site for YEARS. I also love “behind the scenes” stuff.
    It sounds weird for me to say, as I have multiple blogs, but I am backing off social media these days. NOT the blogs, but the rest!
    I’ve read a lot about how blogs and message boards are allegedly dead, and I think that’s sad. They are really the only places for lasting discussions and connections.
    In my personal experience, Facebook and Twitter etc. come across as popularity contests. They feel a bit like high school all over again.
    On every site there are so many “friend collectors” who will never communicate with you, but follow (and often then UNfollow) you just to get their numbers up. My general rule is to not follow people with many more followers than people they follow. Instagram and Pinterest are the worst for that. What does it achieve?? 🤔

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  2. *I’d* read your blog! In fact I’ve actually been to your site multiple times to see what you have to say about historical stuff!
    What matters most to me on an author website is updates. Every time I review on my blog I link to the book page on the author’s site. Or… I *try* to, but some authors haven’t updated their site for YEARS. I also love “behind the scenes” stuff.
    It sounds weird for me to say, as I have multiple blogs, but I am backing off social media these days. NOT the blogs, but the rest!
    I’ve read a lot about how blogs and message boards are allegedly dead, and I think that’s sad. They are really the only places for lasting discussions and connections.
    In my personal experience, Facebook and Twitter etc. come across as popularity contests. They feel a bit like high school all over again.
    On every site there are so many “friend collectors” who will never communicate with you, but follow (and often then UNfollow) you just to get their numbers up. My general rule is to not follow people with many more followers than people they follow. Instagram and Pinterest are the worst for that. What does it achieve?? 🤔

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  3. *I’d* read your blog! In fact I’ve actually been to your site multiple times to see what you have to say about historical stuff!
    What matters most to me on an author website is updates. Every time I review on my blog I link to the book page on the author’s site. Or… I *try* to, but some authors haven’t updated their site for YEARS. I also love “behind the scenes” stuff.
    It sounds weird for me to say, as I have multiple blogs, but I am backing off social media these days. NOT the blogs, but the rest!
    I’ve read a lot about how blogs and message boards are allegedly dead, and I think that’s sad. They are really the only places for lasting discussions and connections.
    In my personal experience, Facebook and Twitter etc. come across as popularity contests. They feel a bit like high school all over again.
    On every site there are so many “friend collectors” who will never communicate with you, but follow (and often then UNfollow) you just to get their numbers up. My general rule is to not follow people with many more followers than people they follow. Instagram and Pinterest are the worst for that. What does it achieve?? 🤔

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  4. *I’d* read your blog! In fact I’ve actually been to your site multiple times to see what you have to say about historical stuff!
    What matters most to me on an author website is updates. Every time I review on my blog I link to the book page on the author’s site. Or… I *try* to, but some authors haven’t updated their site for YEARS. I also love “behind the scenes” stuff.
    It sounds weird for me to say, as I have multiple blogs, but I am backing off social media these days. NOT the blogs, but the rest!
    I’ve read a lot about how blogs and message boards are allegedly dead, and I think that’s sad. They are really the only places for lasting discussions and connections.
    In my personal experience, Facebook and Twitter etc. come across as popularity contests. They feel a bit like high school all over again.
    On every site there are so many “friend collectors” who will never communicate with you, but follow (and often then UNfollow) you just to get their numbers up. My general rule is to not follow people with many more followers than people they follow. Instagram and Pinterest are the worst for that. What does it achieve?? 🤔

    Reply
  5. *I’d* read your blog! In fact I’ve actually been to your site multiple times to see what you have to say about historical stuff!
    What matters most to me on an author website is updates. Every time I review on my blog I link to the book page on the author’s site. Or… I *try* to, but some authors haven’t updated their site for YEARS. I also love “behind the scenes” stuff.
    It sounds weird for me to say, as I have multiple blogs, but I am backing off social media these days. NOT the blogs, but the rest!
    I’ve read a lot about how blogs and message boards are allegedly dead, and I think that’s sad. They are really the only places for lasting discussions and connections.
    In my personal experience, Facebook and Twitter etc. come across as popularity contests. They feel a bit like high school all over again.
    On every site there are so many “friend collectors” who will never communicate with you, but follow (and often then UNfollow) you just to get their numbers up. My general rule is to not follow people with many more followers than people they follow. Instagram and Pinterest are the worst for that. What does it achieve?? 🤔

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  6. I’m pretty connected I suppose, but for different things. I have facebook to keep up with family and friends (and don’t “friend” those that actually aren’t) and to follow authors whom I care about their daily writing and what’s coming up (and there are nearly as many as there are actual friends LOL). I have twitter for contests and asking questions of personalities in various genres including authors. I have IG but I rarely use it, I mainly have it to see my sisters pictures. LOL Unfortunately, I’m just terrible at keeping up with it all. Thankfully my livelihood doesn’t depend on it!! I follow a hand full of blogs, but several I used to follow have stopped being active because they post on facebook instead.

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  7. I’m pretty connected I suppose, but for different things. I have facebook to keep up with family and friends (and don’t “friend” those that actually aren’t) and to follow authors whom I care about their daily writing and what’s coming up (and there are nearly as many as there are actual friends LOL). I have twitter for contests and asking questions of personalities in various genres including authors. I have IG but I rarely use it, I mainly have it to see my sisters pictures. LOL Unfortunately, I’m just terrible at keeping up with it all. Thankfully my livelihood doesn’t depend on it!! I follow a hand full of blogs, but several I used to follow have stopped being active because they post on facebook instead.

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  8. I’m pretty connected I suppose, but for different things. I have facebook to keep up with family and friends (and don’t “friend” those that actually aren’t) and to follow authors whom I care about their daily writing and what’s coming up (and there are nearly as many as there are actual friends LOL). I have twitter for contests and asking questions of personalities in various genres including authors. I have IG but I rarely use it, I mainly have it to see my sisters pictures. LOL Unfortunately, I’m just terrible at keeping up with it all. Thankfully my livelihood doesn’t depend on it!! I follow a hand full of blogs, but several I used to follow have stopped being active because they post on facebook instead.

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  9. I’m pretty connected I suppose, but for different things. I have facebook to keep up with family and friends (and don’t “friend” those that actually aren’t) and to follow authors whom I care about their daily writing and what’s coming up (and there are nearly as many as there are actual friends LOL). I have twitter for contests and asking questions of personalities in various genres including authors. I have IG but I rarely use it, I mainly have it to see my sisters pictures. LOL Unfortunately, I’m just terrible at keeping up with it all. Thankfully my livelihood doesn’t depend on it!! I follow a hand full of blogs, but several I used to follow have stopped being active because they post on facebook instead.

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  10. I’m pretty connected I suppose, but for different things. I have facebook to keep up with family and friends (and don’t “friend” those that actually aren’t) and to follow authors whom I care about their daily writing and what’s coming up (and there are nearly as many as there are actual friends LOL). I have twitter for contests and asking questions of personalities in various genres including authors. I have IG but I rarely use it, I mainly have it to see my sisters pictures. LOL Unfortunately, I’m just terrible at keeping up with it all. Thankfully my livelihood doesn’t depend on it!! I follow a hand full of blogs, but several I used to follow have stopped being active because they post on facebook instead.

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  11. Facebook and Goodreads are the two social media that I visit regularly, and for both of those, private communities where real book discussion takes place is what keeps me active. I also like keeping up with favorite authors on FB. I have a second FB page for family, school friends, and former students. Twitter proved just too great a time suck for me. These days, my tweets are limited to automatic Goodreads updates on reviews. I do have a Pinterest account, but I rarely spend time there. I once had a lengthy blog roll that I visited often, but that has dwindled to a handful. This one, The Romance Dish, and Heroes & Heartbreakers are the only ones where I comment with any frequency. Age is making me more selective about how I spend online time.

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  12. Facebook and Goodreads are the two social media that I visit regularly, and for both of those, private communities where real book discussion takes place is what keeps me active. I also like keeping up with favorite authors on FB. I have a second FB page for family, school friends, and former students. Twitter proved just too great a time suck for me. These days, my tweets are limited to automatic Goodreads updates on reviews. I do have a Pinterest account, but I rarely spend time there. I once had a lengthy blog roll that I visited often, but that has dwindled to a handful. This one, The Romance Dish, and Heroes & Heartbreakers are the only ones where I comment with any frequency. Age is making me more selective about how I spend online time.

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  13. Facebook and Goodreads are the two social media that I visit regularly, and for both of those, private communities where real book discussion takes place is what keeps me active. I also like keeping up with favorite authors on FB. I have a second FB page for family, school friends, and former students. Twitter proved just too great a time suck for me. These days, my tweets are limited to automatic Goodreads updates on reviews. I do have a Pinterest account, but I rarely spend time there. I once had a lengthy blog roll that I visited often, but that has dwindled to a handful. This one, The Romance Dish, and Heroes & Heartbreakers are the only ones where I comment with any frequency. Age is making me more selective about how I spend online time.

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  14. Facebook and Goodreads are the two social media that I visit regularly, and for both of those, private communities where real book discussion takes place is what keeps me active. I also like keeping up with favorite authors on FB. I have a second FB page for family, school friends, and former students. Twitter proved just too great a time suck for me. These days, my tweets are limited to automatic Goodreads updates on reviews. I do have a Pinterest account, but I rarely spend time there. I once had a lengthy blog roll that I visited often, but that has dwindled to a handful. This one, The Romance Dish, and Heroes & Heartbreakers are the only ones where I comment with any frequency. Age is making me more selective about how I spend online time.

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  15. Facebook and Goodreads are the two social media that I visit regularly, and for both of those, private communities where real book discussion takes place is what keeps me active. I also like keeping up with favorite authors on FB. I have a second FB page for family, school friends, and former students. Twitter proved just too great a time suck for me. These days, my tweets are limited to automatic Goodreads updates on reviews. I do have a Pinterest account, but I rarely spend time there. I once had a lengthy blog roll that I visited often, but that has dwindled to a handful. This one, The Romance Dish, and Heroes & Heartbreakers are the only ones where I comment with any frequency. Age is making me more selective about how I spend online time.

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  16. I am active on Facebook in two categories. I do use it to keep up with family and friends. I also belong to several closed groups and pages: Most of these are genealogy sites, but authors and other interests are also included.
    I have some “friends” I don’t recognize. I often “friend” someone in order to send a private message, then later I forget who and why.
    I write a genealogy (mostly) blog, which discusses my learning experiences within genealogy activities. I post an announcement of each new genealogy blog on one of the Facebook groups and also on a genealogy list in Google plus.
    On the rare occasions when I think the blog will also interest my own family, I post an open Facebook message, directly addressed to a list family memers, but available for anyone to see.
    Of course, I eagerly follow the Word Wenches (but that comes under the blog category)
    None of the other social sites seem to have any value for me.

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  17. I am active on Facebook in two categories. I do use it to keep up with family and friends. I also belong to several closed groups and pages: Most of these are genealogy sites, but authors and other interests are also included.
    I have some “friends” I don’t recognize. I often “friend” someone in order to send a private message, then later I forget who and why.
    I write a genealogy (mostly) blog, which discusses my learning experiences within genealogy activities. I post an announcement of each new genealogy blog on one of the Facebook groups and also on a genealogy list in Google plus.
    On the rare occasions when I think the blog will also interest my own family, I post an open Facebook message, directly addressed to a list family memers, but available for anyone to see.
    Of course, I eagerly follow the Word Wenches (but that comes under the blog category)
    None of the other social sites seem to have any value for me.

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  18. I am active on Facebook in two categories. I do use it to keep up with family and friends. I also belong to several closed groups and pages: Most of these are genealogy sites, but authors and other interests are also included.
    I have some “friends” I don’t recognize. I often “friend” someone in order to send a private message, then later I forget who and why.
    I write a genealogy (mostly) blog, which discusses my learning experiences within genealogy activities. I post an announcement of each new genealogy blog on one of the Facebook groups and also on a genealogy list in Google plus.
    On the rare occasions when I think the blog will also interest my own family, I post an open Facebook message, directly addressed to a list family memers, but available for anyone to see.
    Of course, I eagerly follow the Word Wenches (but that comes under the blog category)
    None of the other social sites seem to have any value for me.

    Reply
  19. I am active on Facebook in two categories. I do use it to keep up with family and friends. I also belong to several closed groups and pages: Most of these are genealogy sites, but authors and other interests are also included.
    I have some “friends” I don’t recognize. I often “friend” someone in order to send a private message, then later I forget who and why.
    I write a genealogy (mostly) blog, which discusses my learning experiences within genealogy activities. I post an announcement of each new genealogy blog on one of the Facebook groups and also on a genealogy list in Google plus.
    On the rare occasions when I think the blog will also interest my own family, I post an open Facebook message, directly addressed to a list family memers, but available for anyone to see.
    Of course, I eagerly follow the Word Wenches (but that comes under the blog category)
    None of the other social sites seem to have any value for me.

    Reply
  20. I am active on Facebook in two categories. I do use it to keep up with family and friends. I also belong to several closed groups and pages: Most of these are genealogy sites, but authors and other interests are also included.
    I have some “friends” I don’t recognize. I often “friend” someone in order to send a private message, then later I forget who and why.
    I write a genealogy (mostly) blog, which discusses my learning experiences within genealogy activities. I post an announcement of each new genealogy blog on one of the Facebook groups and also on a genealogy list in Google plus.
    On the rare occasions when I think the blog will also interest my own family, I post an open Facebook message, directly addressed to a list family memers, but available for anyone to see.
    Of course, I eagerly follow the Word Wenches (but that comes under the blog category)
    None of the other social sites seem to have any value for me.

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  21. I should add that although I use Facebook a lot, I have a running verbal battle with it whenever I’m online there. I find it useful, but truly don’t like it much.

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  22. I should add that although I use Facebook a lot, I have a running verbal battle with it whenever I’m online there. I find it useful, but truly don’t like it much.

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  23. I should add that although I use Facebook a lot, I have a running verbal battle with it whenever I’m online there. I find it useful, but truly don’t like it much.

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  24. I should add that although I use Facebook a lot, I have a running verbal battle with it whenever I’m online there. I find it useful, but truly don’t like it much.

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  25. I should add that although I use Facebook a lot, I have a running verbal battle with it whenever I’m online there. I find it useful, but truly don’t like it much.

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  26. I have a channel on youtube with videos of myself doing competitive ballroom dancing in the dance studio where I practice. It’s there because I’m trying to find the right dance partner to move on from doing pro/am in which I must pay the pro with whom I’m dancing.
    It’s quite an expense, but worthwhile to continue to improve in the dancing I love, since there’s no other option at the moment. A mutually excellent dance partnership would free me from having to pay a teacher for his services. I would also be able to share success with a true dance partner.
    I’m trying to get a good video of myself in competition to upload to the channel for better advertising of myself in a competitive situation with costume, hair, makeup and more intense performance level. It’s connected to Facebook, so the videos are transferred there when I select the link from youtube, which is a great connection.

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  27. I have a channel on youtube with videos of myself doing competitive ballroom dancing in the dance studio where I practice. It’s there because I’m trying to find the right dance partner to move on from doing pro/am in which I must pay the pro with whom I’m dancing.
    It’s quite an expense, but worthwhile to continue to improve in the dancing I love, since there’s no other option at the moment. A mutually excellent dance partnership would free me from having to pay a teacher for his services. I would also be able to share success with a true dance partner.
    I’m trying to get a good video of myself in competition to upload to the channel for better advertising of myself in a competitive situation with costume, hair, makeup and more intense performance level. It’s connected to Facebook, so the videos are transferred there when I select the link from youtube, which is a great connection.

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  28. I have a channel on youtube with videos of myself doing competitive ballroom dancing in the dance studio where I practice. It’s there because I’m trying to find the right dance partner to move on from doing pro/am in which I must pay the pro with whom I’m dancing.
    It’s quite an expense, but worthwhile to continue to improve in the dancing I love, since there’s no other option at the moment. A mutually excellent dance partnership would free me from having to pay a teacher for his services. I would also be able to share success with a true dance partner.
    I’m trying to get a good video of myself in competition to upload to the channel for better advertising of myself in a competitive situation with costume, hair, makeup and more intense performance level. It’s connected to Facebook, so the videos are transferred there when I select the link from youtube, which is a great connection.

    Reply
  29. I have a channel on youtube with videos of myself doing competitive ballroom dancing in the dance studio where I practice. It’s there because I’m trying to find the right dance partner to move on from doing pro/am in which I must pay the pro with whom I’m dancing.
    It’s quite an expense, but worthwhile to continue to improve in the dancing I love, since there’s no other option at the moment. A mutually excellent dance partnership would free me from having to pay a teacher for his services. I would also be able to share success with a true dance partner.
    I’m trying to get a good video of myself in competition to upload to the channel for better advertising of myself in a competitive situation with costume, hair, makeup and more intense performance level. It’s connected to Facebook, so the videos are transferred there when I select the link from youtube, which is a great connection.

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  30. I have a channel on youtube with videos of myself doing competitive ballroom dancing in the dance studio where I practice. It’s there because I’m trying to find the right dance partner to move on from doing pro/am in which I must pay the pro with whom I’m dancing.
    It’s quite an expense, but worthwhile to continue to improve in the dancing I love, since there’s no other option at the moment. A mutually excellent dance partnership would free me from having to pay a teacher for his services. I would also be able to share success with a true dance partner.
    I’m trying to get a good video of myself in competition to upload to the channel for better advertising of myself in a competitive situation with costume, hair, makeup and more intense performance level. It’s connected to Facebook, so the videos are transferred there when I select the link from youtube, which is a great connection.

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  31. Ah, thank you, Sonya! Your experience bears out this idea that for a lot of us it’s about engaging with people who have similar interests and sharing ideas, etc. Engagement is so much more fulfilling than “friend collecting” at least in my experience!

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  32. Ah, thank you, Sonya! Your experience bears out this idea that for a lot of us it’s about engaging with people who have similar interests and sharing ideas, etc. Engagement is so much more fulfilling than “friend collecting” at least in my experience!

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  33. Ah, thank you, Sonya! Your experience bears out this idea that for a lot of us it’s about engaging with people who have similar interests and sharing ideas, etc. Engagement is so much more fulfilling than “friend collecting” at least in my experience!

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  34. Ah, thank you, Sonya! Your experience bears out this idea that for a lot of us it’s about engaging with people who have similar interests and sharing ideas, etc. Engagement is so much more fulfilling than “friend collecting” at least in my experience!

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  35. Ah, thank you, Sonya! Your experience bears out this idea that for a lot of us it’s about engaging with people who have similar interests and sharing ideas, etc. Engagement is so much more fulfilling than “friend collecting” at least in my experience!

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  36. I like how well you have separated out the different social media platforms for different things, Stephanie. That’s good way to keep organised! I guess moving to FB is a way for a “blog” to keep going in a different form. Interesting!

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  37. I like how well you have separated out the different social media platforms for different things, Stephanie. That’s good way to keep organised! I guess moving to FB is a way for a “blog” to keep going in a different form. Interesting!

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  38. I like how well you have separated out the different social media platforms for different things, Stephanie. That’s good way to keep organised! I guess moving to FB is a way for a “blog” to keep going in a different form. Interesting!

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  39. I like how well you have separated out the different social media platforms for different things, Stephanie. That’s good way to keep organised! I guess moving to FB is a way for a “blog” to keep going in a different form. Interesting!

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  40. I like how well you have separated out the different social media platforms for different things, Stephanie. That’s good way to keep organised! I guess moving to FB is a way for a “blog” to keep going in a different form. Interesting!

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  41. How fabulous, Patricia! That feels like a really imaginative and interesting way to find a new dance partner, and great that you can link to FB too. I like the inter-connectedness of it all.

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  42. How fabulous, Patricia! That feels like a really imaginative and interesting way to find a new dance partner, and great that you can link to FB too. I like the inter-connectedness of it all.

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  43. How fabulous, Patricia! That feels like a really imaginative and interesting way to find a new dance partner, and great that you can link to FB too. I like the inter-connectedness of it all.

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  44. How fabulous, Patricia! That feels like a really imaginative and interesting way to find a new dance partner, and great that you can link to FB too. I like the inter-connectedness of it all.

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  45. How fabulous, Patricia! That feels like a really imaginative and interesting way to find a new dance partner, and great that you can link to FB too. I like the inter-connectedness of it all.

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  46. I’d forgotten about Google +! Another way to be connected. And I do think it is so useful to have sites where we can find people with shared interests.With genealogy it must be particularly helpful to find people who can help with your research, I imagine.

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  47. I’d forgotten about Google +! Another way to be connected. And I do think it is so useful to have sites where we can find people with shared interests.With genealogy it must be particularly helpful to find people who can help with your research, I imagine.

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  48. I’d forgotten about Google +! Another way to be connected. And I do think it is so useful to have sites where we can find people with shared interests.With genealogy it must be particularly helpful to find people who can help with your research, I imagine.

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  49. I’d forgotten about Google +! Another way to be connected. And I do think it is so useful to have sites where we can find people with shared interests.With genealogy it must be particularly helpful to find people who can help with your research, I imagine.

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  50. I’d forgotten about Google +! Another way to be connected. And I do think it is so useful to have sites where we can find people with shared interests.With genealogy it must be particularly helpful to find people who can help with your research, I imagine.

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  51. It’s good to feel that some blogs like the Wenches have longevity and build up a strong community of readers and participants. With the blogs I visit there needs to be a combination of good content and a community feel. There has been such a proliferation of them over the years that some selectivity feels necessary!

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  52. It’s good to feel that some blogs like the Wenches have longevity and build up a strong community of readers and participants. With the blogs I visit there needs to be a combination of good content and a community feel. There has been such a proliferation of them over the years that some selectivity feels necessary!

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  53. It’s good to feel that some blogs like the Wenches have longevity and build up a strong community of readers and participants. With the blogs I visit there needs to be a combination of good content and a community feel. There has been such a proliferation of them over the years that some selectivity feels necessary!

    Reply
  54. It’s good to feel that some blogs like the Wenches have longevity and build up a strong community of readers and participants. With the blogs I visit there needs to be a combination of good content and a community feel. There has been such a proliferation of them over the years that some selectivity feels necessary!

    Reply
  55. It’s good to feel that some blogs like the Wenches have longevity and build up a strong community of readers and participants. With the blogs I visit there needs to be a combination of good content and a community feel. There has been such a proliferation of them over the years that some selectivity feels necessary!

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  56. Nicola, I’m one of those people who figures I need to do some social media, but I lack time and enthusiasm. I figured I could do one form of it moderately well, so I chose Facebook, partly because it’s so universal, but also because it’s varied–I can post pictures of cats and flowers, articles that interest me, and share Wench posts. The other channels, I ignore.

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  57. Nicola, I’m one of those people who figures I need to do some social media, but I lack time and enthusiasm. I figured I could do one form of it moderately well, so I chose Facebook, partly because it’s so universal, but also because it’s varied–I can post pictures of cats and flowers, articles that interest me, and share Wench posts. The other channels, I ignore.

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  58. Nicola, I’m one of those people who figures I need to do some social media, but I lack time and enthusiasm. I figured I could do one form of it moderately well, so I chose Facebook, partly because it’s so universal, but also because it’s varied–I can post pictures of cats and flowers, articles that interest me, and share Wench posts. The other channels, I ignore.

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  59. Nicola, I’m one of those people who figures I need to do some social media, but I lack time and enthusiasm. I figured I could do one form of it moderately well, so I chose Facebook, partly because it’s so universal, but also because it’s varied–I can post pictures of cats and flowers, articles that interest me, and share Wench posts. The other channels, I ignore.

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  60. Nicola, I’m one of those people who figures I need to do some social media, but I lack time and enthusiasm. I figured I could do one form of it moderately well, so I chose Facebook, partly because it’s so universal, but also because it’s varied–I can post pictures of cats and flowers, articles that interest me, and share Wench posts. The other channels, I ignore.

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  61. I’m definitely out in the cold here. I love GoodReads Austen Authors and of course Word Wenches but that’s about it. I love my laptop for the above reasons but I’m not on anything else. I realise I miss out on stuff because I’m not on FB but I’m generally a very private person and the thought of lots of stuff about my life being on a ‘site’ would horrify me. Twitter passed me by and I have no idea what Instagram is. Oh well I do ok anyway so I think I’ll continue as I am.

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  62. I’m definitely out in the cold here. I love GoodReads Austen Authors and of course Word Wenches but that’s about it. I love my laptop for the above reasons but I’m not on anything else. I realise I miss out on stuff because I’m not on FB but I’m generally a very private person and the thought of lots of stuff about my life being on a ‘site’ would horrify me. Twitter passed me by and I have no idea what Instagram is. Oh well I do ok anyway so I think I’ll continue as I am.

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  63. I’m definitely out in the cold here. I love GoodReads Austen Authors and of course Word Wenches but that’s about it. I love my laptop for the above reasons but I’m not on anything else. I realise I miss out on stuff because I’m not on FB but I’m generally a very private person and the thought of lots of stuff about my life being on a ‘site’ would horrify me. Twitter passed me by and I have no idea what Instagram is. Oh well I do ok anyway so I think I’ll continue as I am.

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  64. I’m definitely out in the cold here. I love GoodReads Austen Authors and of course Word Wenches but that’s about it. I love my laptop for the above reasons but I’m not on anything else. I realise I miss out on stuff because I’m not on FB but I’m generally a very private person and the thought of lots of stuff about my life being on a ‘site’ would horrify me. Twitter passed me by and I have no idea what Instagram is. Oh well I do ok anyway so I think I’ll continue as I am.

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  65. I’m definitely out in the cold here. I love GoodReads Austen Authors and of course Word Wenches but that’s about it. I love my laptop for the above reasons but I’m not on anything else. I realise I miss out on stuff because I’m not on FB but I’m generally a very private person and the thought of lots of stuff about my life being on a ‘site’ would horrify me. Twitter passed me by and I have no idea what Instagram is. Oh well I do ok anyway so I think I’ll continue as I am.

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  66. Let’s see…I have a personal Facebook and an “author page” Facebook. Then there’s Twitter, which I have a love/hate thing with, but I do enjoy it for the most part and am on it quite a bit. I’m on Goodreads, but only to keep track of what I read and see what my friends are reading. My blog, of course. I have a Pinterest, but am almost never on it, and really, I use it to look at pictures of yummy food.
    I’m also on a writing message board. But that’s it. I don’t have the headspace to do anything else social media-wise. I keep thinking of cutting out one of those I am on, but am never sure of which one.

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  67. Let’s see…I have a personal Facebook and an “author page” Facebook. Then there’s Twitter, which I have a love/hate thing with, but I do enjoy it for the most part and am on it quite a bit. I’m on Goodreads, but only to keep track of what I read and see what my friends are reading. My blog, of course. I have a Pinterest, but am almost never on it, and really, I use it to look at pictures of yummy food.
    I’m also on a writing message board. But that’s it. I don’t have the headspace to do anything else social media-wise. I keep thinking of cutting out one of those I am on, but am never sure of which one.

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  68. Let’s see…I have a personal Facebook and an “author page” Facebook. Then there’s Twitter, which I have a love/hate thing with, but I do enjoy it for the most part and am on it quite a bit. I’m on Goodreads, but only to keep track of what I read and see what my friends are reading. My blog, of course. I have a Pinterest, but am almost never on it, and really, I use it to look at pictures of yummy food.
    I’m also on a writing message board. But that’s it. I don’t have the headspace to do anything else social media-wise. I keep thinking of cutting out one of those I am on, but am never sure of which one.

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  69. Let’s see…I have a personal Facebook and an “author page” Facebook. Then there’s Twitter, which I have a love/hate thing with, but I do enjoy it for the most part and am on it quite a bit. I’m on Goodreads, but only to keep track of what I read and see what my friends are reading. My blog, of course. I have a Pinterest, but am almost never on it, and really, I use it to look at pictures of yummy food.
    I’m also on a writing message board. But that’s it. I don’t have the headspace to do anything else social media-wise. I keep thinking of cutting out one of those I am on, but am never sure of which one.

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  70. Let’s see…I have a personal Facebook and an “author page” Facebook. Then there’s Twitter, which I have a love/hate thing with, but I do enjoy it for the most part and am on it quite a bit. I’m on Goodreads, but only to keep track of what I read and see what my friends are reading. My blog, of course. I have a Pinterest, but am almost never on it, and really, I use it to look at pictures of yummy food.
    I’m also on a writing message board. But that’s it. I don’t have the headspace to do anything else social media-wise. I keep thinking of cutting out one of those I am on, but am never sure of which one.

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  71. I have neither a Facebook nor a Twitter account. As an individual (not an author), I already find it too easy to spend copious time being online; I don’t need any more time sinks! Frankly, there are only two times I regret not having a Facebook account — first is when a friend is sharing photos and Facebook is the only place to see them; the second is when I miss out on a contest because one needs Facebook to participate.
    I do read a number of blogs. I particularly enjoy reading book reviews and seeing book recommendations.
    Have a good time at the conference, Nicola.

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  72. I have neither a Facebook nor a Twitter account. As an individual (not an author), I already find it too easy to spend copious time being online; I don’t need any more time sinks! Frankly, there are only two times I regret not having a Facebook account — first is when a friend is sharing photos and Facebook is the only place to see them; the second is when I miss out on a contest because one needs Facebook to participate.
    I do read a number of blogs. I particularly enjoy reading book reviews and seeing book recommendations.
    Have a good time at the conference, Nicola.

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  73. I have neither a Facebook nor a Twitter account. As an individual (not an author), I already find it too easy to spend copious time being online; I don’t need any more time sinks! Frankly, there are only two times I regret not having a Facebook account — first is when a friend is sharing photos and Facebook is the only place to see them; the second is when I miss out on a contest because one needs Facebook to participate.
    I do read a number of blogs. I particularly enjoy reading book reviews and seeing book recommendations.
    Have a good time at the conference, Nicola.

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  74. I have neither a Facebook nor a Twitter account. As an individual (not an author), I already find it too easy to spend copious time being online; I don’t need any more time sinks! Frankly, there are only two times I regret not having a Facebook account — first is when a friend is sharing photos and Facebook is the only place to see them; the second is when I miss out on a contest because one needs Facebook to participate.
    I do read a number of blogs. I particularly enjoy reading book reviews and seeing book recommendations.
    Have a good time at the conference, Nicola.

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  75. I have neither a Facebook nor a Twitter account. As an individual (not an author), I already find it too easy to spend copious time being online; I don’t need any more time sinks! Frankly, there are only two times I regret not having a Facebook account — first is when a friend is sharing photos and Facebook is the only place to see them; the second is when I miss out on a contest because one needs Facebook to participate.
    I do read a number of blogs. I particularly enjoy reading book reviews and seeing book recommendations.
    Have a good time at the conference, Nicola.

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  76. I think that’s a good idea, Mary Jo. They do say focus on one or two channels you prefer and do them well, don’t they. Otherwise we all spread ourselves too thinly and not only end up frazzled but also not getting that fun from the connections we do make!

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  77. I think that’s a good idea, Mary Jo. They do say focus on one or two channels you prefer and do them well, don’t they. Otherwise we all spread ourselves too thinly and not only end up frazzled but also not getting that fun from the connections we do make!

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  78. I think that’s a good idea, Mary Jo. They do say focus on one or two channels you prefer and do them well, don’t they. Otherwise we all spread ourselves too thinly and not only end up frazzled but also not getting that fun from the connections we do make!

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  79. I think that’s a good idea, Mary Jo. They do say focus on one or two channels you prefer and do them well, don’t they. Otherwise we all spread ourselves too thinly and not only end up frazzled but also not getting that fun from the connections we do make!

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  80. I think that’s a good idea, Mary Jo. They do say focus on one or two channels you prefer and do them well, don’t they. Otherwise we all spread ourselves too thinly and not only end up frazzled but also not getting that fun from the connections we do make!

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  81. Thanks so much, Kareni! I’m looking forward to the conference, not least because it’s “real” contact time and not just virtual. I love chatting online and it could be (probably is) the biggest time sink I have but meeting people face to face is still the best.

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  82. Thanks so much, Kareni! I’m looking forward to the conference, not least because it’s “real” contact time and not just virtual. I love chatting online and it could be (probably is) the biggest time sink I have but meeting people face to face is still the best.

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  83. Thanks so much, Kareni! I’m looking forward to the conference, not least because it’s “real” contact time and not just virtual. I love chatting online and it could be (probably is) the biggest time sink I have but meeting people face to face is still the best.

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  84. Thanks so much, Kareni! I’m looking forward to the conference, not least because it’s “real” contact time and not just virtual. I love chatting online and it could be (probably is) the biggest time sink I have but meeting people face to face is still the best.

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  85. Thanks so much, Kareni! I’m looking forward to the conference, not least because it’s “real” contact time and not just virtual. I love chatting online and it could be (probably is) the biggest time sink I have but meeting people face to face is still the best.

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  86. Teresa:
    I’m not promoting Facebook — as I said above, I have a irritated/accepting relationship with it.
    BUT — any social medium can expose you too much, but you do control what you put out for view. You can limit viewing, you can refuse answer queries and comments you feel are impertinent, and so on.
    Just because some folk “let it all hang out” doesn’t mean that you need to do that.

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  87. Teresa:
    I’m not promoting Facebook — as I said above, I have a irritated/accepting relationship with it.
    BUT — any social medium can expose you too much, but you do control what you put out for view. You can limit viewing, you can refuse answer queries and comments you feel are impertinent, and so on.
    Just because some folk “let it all hang out” doesn’t mean that you need to do that.

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  88. Teresa:
    I’m not promoting Facebook — as I said above, I have a irritated/accepting relationship with it.
    BUT — any social medium can expose you too much, but you do control what you put out for view. You can limit viewing, you can refuse answer queries and comments you feel are impertinent, and so on.
    Just because some folk “let it all hang out” doesn’t mean that you need to do that.

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  89. Teresa:
    I’m not promoting Facebook — as I said above, I have a irritated/accepting relationship with it.
    BUT — any social medium can expose you too much, but you do control what you put out for view. You can limit viewing, you can refuse answer queries and comments you feel are impertinent, and so on.
    Just because some folk “let it all hang out” doesn’t mean that you need to do that.

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  90. Teresa:
    I’m not promoting Facebook — as I said above, I have a irritated/accepting relationship with it.
    BUT — any social medium can expose you too much, but you do control what you put out for view. You can limit viewing, you can refuse answer queries and comments you feel are impertinent, and so on.
    Just because some folk “let it all hang out” doesn’t mean that you need to do that.

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  91. I’ve got Facebook and Twitter. I do have some friends and family on FB, but many of my FB friends are “virtual”. Nevertheless, I’ve known them for many years via blogs and other social media, so I do consider them real friends. Some I even eventually meet in person! While certain of my longtime friends refuse to use social media at all.
    I love Twitter for following my favorite historical romance authors, some of them are so witty and intelligent there!
    I put photos on Pinterest just for my own reference, and don’t connect to people there. And I prefer to rate and review books on Amazon or Paperbackswap instead of Goodreads, that’s how I keep track of my wishlist and books I’e already read.

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  92. I’ve got Facebook and Twitter. I do have some friends and family on FB, but many of my FB friends are “virtual”. Nevertheless, I’ve known them for many years via blogs and other social media, so I do consider them real friends. Some I even eventually meet in person! While certain of my longtime friends refuse to use social media at all.
    I love Twitter for following my favorite historical romance authors, some of them are so witty and intelligent there!
    I put photos on Pinterest just for my own reference, and don’t connect to people there. And I prefer to rate and review books on Amazon or Paperbackswap instead of Goodreads, that’s how I keep track of my wishlist and books I’e already read.

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  93. I’ve got Facebook and Twitter. I do have some friends and family on FB, but many of my FB friends are “virtual”. Nevertheless, I’ve known them for many years via blogs and other social media, so I do consider them real friends. Some I even eventually meet in person! While certain of my longtime friends refuse to use social media at all.
    I love Twitter for following my favorite historical romance authors, some of them are so witty and intelligent there!
    I put photos on Pinterest just for my own reference, and don’t connect to people there. And I prefer to rate and review books on Amazon or Paperbackswap instead of Goodreads, that’s how I keep track of my wishlist and books I’e already read.

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  94. I’ve got Facebook and Twitter. I do have some friends and family on FB, but many of my FB friends are “virtual”. Nevertheless, I’ve known them for many years via blogs and other social media, so I do consider them real friends. Some I even eventually meet in person! While certain of my longtime friends refuse to use social media at all.
    I love Twitter for following my favorite historical romance authors, some of them are so witty and intelligent there!
    I put photos on Pinterest just for my own reference, and don’t connect to people there. And I prefer to rate and review books on Amazon or Paperbackswap instead of Goodreads, that’s how I keep track of my wishlist and books I’e already read.

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  95. I’ve got Facebook and Twitter. I do have some friends and family on FB, but many of my FB friends are “virtual”. Nevertheless, I’ve known them for many years via blogs and other social media, so I do consider them real friends. Some I even eventually meet in person! While certain of my longtime friends refuse to use social media at all.
    I love Twitter for following my favorite historical romance authors, some of them are so witty and intelligent there!
    I put photos on Pinterest just for my own reference, and don’t connect to people there. And I prefer to rate and review books on Amazon or Paperbackswap instead of Goodreads, that’s how I keep track of my wishlist and books I’e already read.

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  96. Kareni and I may be the only two human beings who are not on Facebook. I was on Facebook to connect to my large family. But, 3 separate times I found that their security was inadequate to protect me.
    I regret not being there when contests are only on Facebook. But, other than that, I survive perfectly fine.
    I read about books on Goodreads and Amazon. I follow several blogs which provide me wonderful information about books. I follow some of my favorite authors.
    I do understand that Authors need to get their information out to readers and prospective readers. And if I were an Author I would need to rethink my lack of enthusiasm for Facebook.
    I will say from what I am reading here, I think I need to check out Twitter in order to be able to follow some of my favorite authors.

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  97. Kareni and I may be the only two human beings who are not on Facebook. I was on Facebook to connect to my large family. But, 3 separate times I found that their security was inadequate to protect me.
    I regret not being there when contests are only on Facebook. But, other than that, I survive perfectly fine.
    I read about books on Goodreads and Amazon. I follow several blogs which provide me wonderful information about books. I follow some of my favorite authors.
    I do understand that Authors need to get their information out to readers and prospective readers. And if I were an Author I would need to rethink my lack of enthusiasm for Facebook.
    I will say from what I am reading here, I think I need to check out Twitter in order to be able to follow some of my favorite authors.

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  98. Kareni and I may be the only two human beings who are not on Facebook. I was on Facebook to connect to my large family. But, 3 separate times I found that their security was inadequate to protect me.
    I regret not being there when contests are only on Facebook. But, other than that, I survive perfectly fine.
    I read about books on Goodreads and Amazon. I follow several blogs which provide me wonderful information about books. I follow some of my favorite authors.
    I do understand that Authors need to get their information out to readers and prospective readers. And if I were an Author I would need to rethink my lack of enthusiasm for Facebook.
    I will say from what I am reading here, I think I need to check out Twitter in order to be able to follow some of my favorite authors.

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  99. Kareni and I may be the only two human beings who are not on Facebook. I was on Facebook to connect to my large family. But, 3 separate times I found that their security was inadequate to protect me.
    I regret not being there when contests are only on Facebook. But, other than that, I survive perfectly fine.
    I read about books on Goodreads and Amazon. I follow several blogs which provide me wonderful information about books. I follow some of my favorite authors.
    I do understand that Authors need to get their information out to readers and prospective readers. And if I were an Author I would need to rethink my lack of enthusiasm for Facebook.
    I will say from what I am reading here, I think I need to check out Twitter in order to be able to follow some of my favorite authors.

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  100. Kareni and I may be the only two human beings who are not on Facebook. I was on Facebook to connect to my large family. But, 3 separate times I found that their security was inadequate to protect me.
    I regret not being there when contests are only on Facebook. But, other than that, I survive perfectly fine.
    I read about books on Goodreads and Amazon. I follow several blogs which provide me wonderful information about books. I follow some of my favorite authors.
    I do understand that Authors need to get their information out to readers and prospective readers. And if I were an Author I would need to rethink my lack of enthusiasm for Facebook.
    I will say from what I am reading here, I think I need to check out Twitter in order to be able to follow some of my favorite authors.

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  101. No twitter or Instagram or snapchat. Just can’t get in to it.
    Facebook (FB)- yes because my family (except for my mom) really prefers to do that. I’ve limited my circle of Friends on FB to family, a couple of long term friends and a few authors I have liked.
    On the plus side of FB it allows us to have family fun time even if we aren’t together. Minus side, time sink.
    Pinterest – I have a love hate relationship to it. For many years I spent way too much time on it. Now, I have a use as needed relationship. Because oh yes…that can be a HUGE time sink!
    What I like about Pinterest is that it is a great spot to have boards to put pictures of so many different subjects. Like presents my husband wants so that when I’m having to go find the weird item I know what I’m looking for! Or looking up recipes for Cooking Club. Activities for Cousin’s week, etc.
    There are maybe 10 – 12 blogs I read (obviously this one!). I used to belong to a forum but it got disbanded and I just haven’t found a good alternate one since.
    Basically everything I do on social media is done in spurts…

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  102. No twitter or Instagram or snapchat. Just can’t get in to it.
    Facebook (FB)- yes because my family (except for my mom) really prefers to do that. I’ve limited my circle of Friends on FB to family, a couple of long term friends and a few authors I have liked.
    On the plus side of FB it allows us to have family fun time even if we aren’t together. Minus side, time sink.
    Pinterest – I have a love hate relationship to it. For many years I spent way too much time on it. Now, I have a use as needed relationship. Because oh yes…that can be a HUGE time sink!
    What I like about Pinterest is that it is a great spot to have boards to put pictures of so many different subjects. Like presents my husband wants so that when I’m having to go find the weird item I know what I’m looking for! Or looking up recipes for Cooking Club. Activities for Cousin’s week, etc.
    There are maybe 10 – 12 blogs I read (obviously this one!). I used to belong to a forum but it got disbanded and I just haven’t found a good alternate one since.
    Basically everything I do on social media is done in spurts…

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  103. No twitter or Instagram or snapchat. Just can’t get in to it.
    Facebook (FB)- yes because my family (except for my mom) really prefers to do that. I’ve limited my circle of Friends on FB to family, a couple of long term friends and a few authors I have liked.
    On the plus side of FB it allows us to have family fun time even if we aren’t together. Minus side, time sink.
    Pinterest – I have a love hate relationship to it. For many years I spent way too much time on it. Now, I have a use as needed relationship. Because oh yes…that can be a HUGE time sink!
    What I like about Pinterest is that it is a great spot to have boards to put pictures of so many different subjects. Like presents my husband wants so that when I’m having to go find the weird item I know what I’m looking for! Or looking up recipes for Cooking Club. Activities for Cousin’s week, etc.
    There are maybe 10 – 12 blogs I read (obviously this one!). I used to belong to a forum but it got disbanded and I just haven’t found a good alternate one since.
    Basically everything I do on social media is done in spurts…

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  104. No twitter or Instagram or snapchat. Just can’t get in to it.
    Facebook (FB)- yes because my family (except for my mom) really prefers to do that. I’ve limited my circle of Friends on FB to family, a couple of long term friends and a few authors I have liked.
    On the plus side of FB it allows us to have family fun time even if we aren’t together. Minus side, time sink.
    Pinterest – I have a love hate relationship to it. For many years I spent way too much time on it. Now, I have a use as needed relationship. Because oh yes…that can be a HUGE time sink!
    What I like about Pinterest is that it is a great spot to have boards to put pictures of so many different subjects. Like presents my husband wants so that when I’m having to go find the weird item I know what I’m looking for! Or looking up recipes for Cooking Club. Activities for Cousin’s week, etc.
    There are maybe 10 – 12 blogs I read (obviously this one!). I used to belong to a forum but it got disbanded and I just haven’t found a good alternate one since.
    Basically everything I do on social media is done in spurts…

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  105. No twitter or Instagram or snapchat. Just can’t get in to it.
    Facebook (FB)- yes because my family (except for my mom) really prefers to do that. I’ve limited my circle of Friends on FB to family, a couple of long term friends and a few authors I have liked.
    On the plus side of FB it allows us to have family fun time even if we aren’t together. Minus side, time sink.
    Pinterest – I have a love hate relationship to it. For many years I spent way too much time on it. Now, I have a use as needed relationship. Because oh yes…that can be a HUGE time sink!
    What I like about Pinterest is that it is a great spot to have boards to put pictures of so many different subjects. Like presents my husband wants so that when I’m having to go find the weird item I know what I’m looking for! Or looking up recipes for Cooking Club. Activities for Cousin’s week, etc.
    There are maybe 10 – 12 blogs I read (obviously this one!). I used to belong to a forum but it got disbanded and I just haven’t found a good alternate one since.
    Basically everything I do on social media is done in spurts…

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  106. You know, everything has its good and bad points. As for myself, I do not feel the need to be on FB, Twitter, Instagram, etc. I do have a sister who lives close by, who shares anything interesting she sees on FB about family or friends.
    I’m not very techno savvy, mostly because I just don’t make the effort. I love my computer and would miss it if I didn’t have it. I do follow several author blogs, and like Kareni and Annette Naish I regret when I cannot enter into an author giveaway because I’m not on FB. But not enough to set up an account (smile).

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  107. You know, everything has its good and bad points. As for myself, I do not feel the need to be on FB, Twitter, Instagram, etc. I do have a sister who lives close by, who shares anything interesting she sees on FB about family or friends.
    I’m not very techno savvy, mostly because I just don’t make the effort. I love my computer and would miss it if I didn’t have it. I do follow several author blogs, and like Kareni and Annette Naish I regret when I cannot enter into an author giveaway because I’m not on FB. But not enough to set up an account (smile).

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  108. You know, everything has its good and bad points. As for myself, I do not feel the need to be on FB, Twitter, Instagram, etc. I do have a sister who lives close by, who shares anything interesting she sees on FB about family or friends.
    I’m not very techno savvy, mostly because I just don’t make the effort. I love my computer and would miss it if I didn’t have it. I do follow several author blogs, and like Kareni and Annette Naish I regret when I cannot enter into an author giveaway because I’m not on FB. But not enough to set up an account (smile).

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  109. You know, everything has its good and bad points. As for myself, I do not feel the need to be on FB, Twitter, Instagram, etc. I do have a sister who lives close by, who shares anything interesting she sees on FB about family or friends.
    I’m not very techno savvy, mostly because I just don’t make the effort. I love my computer and would miss it if I didn’t have it. I do follow several author blogs, and like Kareni and Annette Naish I regret when I cannot enter into an author giveaway because I’m not on FB. But not enough to set up an account (smile).

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  110. You know, everything has its good and bad points. As for myself, I do not feel the need to be on FB, Twitter, Instagram, etc. I do have a sister who lives close by, who shares anything interesting she sees on FB about family or friends.
    I’m not very techno savvy, mostly because I just don’t make the effort. I love my computer and would miss it if I didn’t have it. I do follow several author blogs, and like Kareni and Annette Naish I regret when I cannot enter into an author giveaway because I’m not on FB. But not enough to set up an account (smile).

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  111. Absolutely, Sue. I think we all have to find those levels of privacy that we are comfortable with. It seems to me a lot of people let it all hang out generally these days! I was on the train last night – in the supposedly quiet carriage – and by the time I got home I knew just about everything about the two lads sitting opposite, from their degree studies to where they were travelling over the summer to their cousin’s second pregnancy and someone else’s divorce!

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  112. Absolutely, Sue. I think we all have to find those levels of privacy that we are comfortable with. It seems to me a lot of people let it all hang out generally these days! I was on the train last night – in the supposedly quiet carriage – and by the time I got home I knew just about everything about the two lads sitting opposite, from their degree studies to where they were travelling over the summer to their cousin’s second pregnancy and someone else’s divorce!

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  113. Absolutely, Sue. I think we all have to find those levels of privacy that we are comfortable with. It seems to me a lot of people let it all hang out generally these days! I was on the train last night – in the supposedly quiet carriage – and by the time I got home I knew just about everything about the two lads sitting opposite, from their degree studies to where they were travelling over the summer to their cousin’s second pregnancy and someone else’s divorce!

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  114. Absolutely, Sue. I think we all have to find those levels of privacy that we are comfortable with. It seems to me a lot of people let it all hang out generally these days! I was on the train last night – in the supposedly quiet carriage – and by the time I got home I knew just about everything about the two lads sitting opposite, from their degree studies to where they were travelling over the summer to their cousin’s second pregnancy and someone else’s divorce!

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  115. Absolutely, Sue. I think we all have to find those levels of privacy that we are comfortable with. It seems to me a lot of people let it all hang out generally these days! I was on the train last night – in the supposedly quiet carriage – and by the time I got home I knew just about everything about the two lads sitting opposite, from their degree studies to where they were travelling over the summer to their cousin’s second pregnancy and someone else’s divorce!

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  116. Hi Annette, isn’t it funny how there says it feels as though sometimes you’re the only person who isn’t on social media or hasn’t seen X on TV (in my case Game of Thrones) when everyone else it talking about it. And yet we all survive somehow – it really is a question of personal choice isn’t it!

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  117. Hi Annette, isn’t it funny how there says it feels as though sometimes you’re the only person who isn’t on social media or hasn’t seen X on TV (in my case Game of Thrones) when everyone else it talking about it. And yet we all survive somehow – it really is a question of personal choice isn’t it!

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  118. Hi Annette, isn’t it funny how there says it feels as though sometimes you’re the only person who isn’t on social media or hasn’t seen X on TV (in my case Game of Thrones) when everyone else it talking about it. And yet we all survive somehow – it really is a question of personal choice isn’t it!

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  119. Hi Annette, isn’t it funny how there says it feels as though sometimes you’re the only person who isn’t on social media or hasn’t seen X on TV (in my case Game of Thrones) when everyone else it talking about it. And yet we all survive somehow – it really is a question of personal choice isn’t it!

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  120. Hi Annette, isn’t it funny how there says it feels as though sometimes you’re the only person who isn’t on social media or hasn’t seen X on TV (in my case Game of Thrones) when everyone else it talking about it. And yet we all survive somehow – it really is a question of personal choice isn’t it!

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  121. Vicki, I think Pinterest sounds really great and would definitely get into that if I had the time. My dh, who is on very little social media generally, loves it. Yesterday I signed up for Whats app – have no idea about Snapchat! You really do just need to go for the ones that suit you, don’t you!

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  122. Vicki, I think Pinterest sounds really great and would definitely get into that if I had the time. My dh, who is on very little social media generally, loves it. Yesterday I signed up for Whats app – have no idea about Snapchat! You really do just need to go for the ones that suit you, don’t you!

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  123. Vicki, I think Pinterest sounds really great and would definitely get into that if I had the time. My dh, who is on very little social media generally, loves it. Yesterday I signed up for Whats app – have no idea about Snapchat! You really do just need to go for the ones that suit you, don’t you!

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  124. Vicki, I think Pinterest sounds really great and would definitely get into that if I had the time. My dh, who is on very little social media generally, loves it. Yesterday I signed up for Whats app – have no idea about Snapchat! You really do just need to go for the ones that suit you, don’t you!

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  125. Vicki, I think Pinterest sounds really great and would definitely get into that if I had the time. My dh, who is on very little social media generally, loves it. Yesterday I signed up for Whats app – have no idea about Snapchat! You really do just need to go for the ones that suit you, don’t you!

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  126. Exactly, Mary. And it sounds as though you have exactly the right attitude if you’d like to be on FB for the giveaways but not enough to sign up! Sounds very sensible to me! And it’s also helpful as an author to know this so we can be more inclusive.

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  127. Exactly, Mary. And it sounds as though you have exactly the right attitude if you’d like to be on FB for the giveaways but not enough to sign up! Sounds very sensible to me! And it’s also helpful as an author to know this so we can be more inclusive.

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  128. Exactly, Mary. And it sounds as though you have exactly the right attitude if you’d like to be on FB for the giveaways but not enough to sign up! Sounds very sensible to me! And it’s also helpful as an author to know this so we can be more inclusive.

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  129. Exactly, Mary. And it sounds as though you have exactly the right attitude if you’d like to be on FB for the giveaways but not enough to sign up! Sounds very sensible to me! And it’s also helpful as an author to know this so we can be more inclusive.

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  130. Exactly, Mary. And it sounds as though you have exactly the right attitude if you’d like to be on FB for the giveaways but not enough to sign up! Sounds very sensible to me! And it’s also helpful as an author to know this so we can be more inclusive.

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