My author page on Facebook has reached over 7000 likes and I'm celebrating by giving away 7 prizes to random commenters on my post (you have to post on Facebook to enter - ALL are welcome and the link is below).
I wasn't quite sure what to think of Facebook when it first appeared. I was a big MySpace user (remember that?) and didn't want to add to my digital work load. My friend, Alethea created an author page for me on Facebook and was answering questions and, when she couldn't answer, she'd email me and I'd tell her. My niece Amy also helped out from time to time. Now I answer all the questions/comments and I have a personal page (which I post mostly the same things on - I'll post more about my family and life on my personal page and all my book news on my author page).
As Facebook became more popular, I discovered the number of emails I receive has gone down and it has saved me time. Plus it's an ego boost to get hundreds of likes and comments when I post big news like about the new Study book - SHADOW STUDY. Facebook makes it easy for me to post news - unlike my Blog which takes up more time. I've been on Goodreads since 2008 and seen that site grow in popularity - it's a fun site that I enjoy. I avoided twitter - I don't think I could keep up with it!
I wonder what will be the next big thing for social media. I'm happy with Facebook and I know I'll be reluctant to change, but I will follow the crowd because connecting to my readers has always been important to me - that will NEVER change.