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Well, That’s Done It

About a month or so ago, I accidentally clicked on the “Facebook Chat” icon, putting myself out there in the intarwebs available for interaction. Within about 15 seconds, I had 10 people open chats with me. Seven of them were from people I hadn’t heard from in a long time, all of whom I wanted to talk to. Three were folks that were total strangers trying to hit on me.

This–coupled with the fact that I’m edging dangerously close to 3000 friends on my Facebook page–forced the decision to cave and go ahead and make an official “Fan Page”.

For the most part, it’s not going to be much different from my personal page. I can post just as much on there as I do on my personal one, and probably will. And I’m not going to do a massive purging of folks from my personal page — I’ve made a lot of new friends there and I’m always up for making more.

Instead, I’m going to slowly edge people out the door if they:
1.) Post on my wall just to promote themselves
2.) Send me a creepy stalker email
3.) Initiate a chat with me with the sole purpose of telling me how beautiful I am. (Send me a Tweet about it. There’s nothing much to chat about beyond “thanks.”)

I’m also going to stop adding friends I don’t know, willy-nilly. You can send me a personal message — tell me you’re a D-H fan, or that we met at a con, or that you’re an aspiring writer/reviewer/editor. If I’d met you at a party you’d tell me something about yourself, wouldn’t you? I’d totally ask anyway.

I’m also not going to massively spam folks asking them to add my fan page. That’s silly. I’ll promote it on my personal site, and here on my blog, and you’re welcome to share the link. It will grow, in time, as all things do.Ultimately, this is just one more way I’m easier to find. You’re welcome. It’s nice to meet you.

Link to the fabulous (and as of 5 minutes ago completely bare — guess what I’ll be working on this afteroon?) Facebook Fan Page: HERE.

Originally published at AletheaKontis.com. You can comment here or there.


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 24th, 2010 08:02 pm (UTC)
If I’d met you at a party you’d tell me something about yourself, wouldn’t you? I’d totally ask anyway.

Hmm... you know, though I follow you here on LJ and on FaceBook, I'm not sure I've ever said hello and properly introduced myself.

Hi! I'm Michael. I can't remember how I found my way over here, probably by way of Brian Keene or Cherie Priest, but maybe through someone else we both know online and maybe in person as well. I remember reading some of the your blog posts and thinking, "She seems really smart and interesting and she works in SF/F/H, same as I do. I'll read her blog for awhile," and I've been here ever since.

I am a writer. Science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance, westerns, and whatever else happens to pop out of my head. I've sold some fiction here and there to some nice small press and semi-pro magazines and anthologies.

I read slush for Fantasy Magazine and recently edited an anthology, Northern Lights: 20 MinnSpec Tales to be published later this year by Sam's Dot Publishing. I'm the convention liaison for the Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers, and attend most of the local conventions (six right now) here in Minneapolis.

I'm legally blind. I can see okay straight ahead, but only have five degrees of peripheral vision and am totally blind at night. What forward vision I have fluctuates from day–to-day. I play bass guitar and spin fire, thought not at the same time. I've worked many different jobs, ranging from short order cook to freight logistics to booking agent and manager for a puppet troupe. I'm a grandfather.

I've been married for 14 years to the lovely and talented careswen, another SF/F and gamer geek who has recently returned to graduate school in counseling psychotherapy. We treat life as one big adventure we're sharing. She is an extrovert, I am an introvert. It works: She makes me go out and be social, I keep her grounded. Our cat, the Reverend Selena, is an ordained minster.

That's me.

I hope to meet you some day at a convention or conference. I've enjoyed reading your LJ and FaceBook.

Jun. 25th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, see, that was wonderful. Thanks, Michael! I recognize your name too, and for the life of me can't remember either if we've met in person or not. If we haven't (because I've only ever flown thought Minneapolis), I'm sure we will, soon enough. Congrats on the antho and sucks about the blindness, though I worry I'm well on my way to being right there with you. Give your wife a hug for me & good luck with grad school!

Edited at 2010-06-25 06:46 pm (UTC)
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