“Please return your author bio and website link”
My what? I turned to my husband with absolute terror in my eyes. “I need a website,” I whined and stomped back into the house with my phone in my hand. I thought the hard part was done. I was finished writing and I was going to finally get published. Nope! I needed a website, I needed social media, I need a following. I deleted Facebook years ago and I never looked back. I didn’t miss not having it on my phone, I didn’t feel empty without the drama. I felt calm, peaceful and content with my decision.
The sentence above changed my life, because now I needed to get back onto social media. Not only social media but I needed to become someone. I started with Instagram, pictures were easy, sure I’ll snap a few here and there of me writing, goofing off with my dog when I should have been writing etc. Easy peasy lemon squeezy as my youngest likes to say.
Not! It is so not easy! I had to learn how to Tweet, do you Tweet? Because I sure as hell didn’t, and I’m not sure I’m doing a bang-up job at it now. But I’m out there and I have followers…a few, but followers nonetheless (and I love all of you!). I really don’t know how people do it, how do you actually become an influencer, do I need to be one? Can’t I just be an author with a presence? All of these questions torment me throughout the day as I obsessively check my phone to see if I’ve got any likes, shares, retweets, Facebook messages, all that jazz.
It is moments like these when I realize how easy it would be to log back into my once useful, but now deactivated Facebook account and tell the whole world of people I know what I’m doing, what I’ve done and who I really am. But I can’t, why not you ask? I don’t know. I just can’t. That leaves me here hoping to ensnare the few who find me through what social media I have, those that stumble across me on Google, because I’m on Google now! WTF! Try it, google Emmy Lou Hayes author and you’ll find a link to my blog, isn’t that exciting? I know, I know! But back to the point. Social Media is hard!
You know how I know it is hard, there are literally professionals you can pay to do it for you, because it is such an undesirable task that those who can afford to not have to do it choose to not do it. Please don’t get me wrong, I’m loving it. Every time my phone dings that I have an alert or I hear the oh so sweet notification that there is a visitor on my blog I squeal and jump for joy. But all of the other times, all of the time I spend crossing my fingers that I don’t look like a complete idiot, those are the hard times.
Was this too much of a rant? I’m sorry ya’ll, it’s been a rough week. I went viral on Tiktok only to get 1,000 followers and then subsequently be banned for no reason. 😳Hope you cum again soon, and remember to embrace your inner kink! :)
~Emmy Lou H.
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