Moira here welcoming you back to another #SensualSunday post. Today’s subject is one that we’ve touched on before here on NQ, but it bears repeating. Especially considering some of the things I’ve seen come up in my feed, both personal and author, on social media of late. So let’s get right to it…
Be Pro, or Anti whatever, but be well informed in your stance
We all have the right to our opinions, otherwise known as freedom of speech. As an author though you need to be aware that every little thing you write on your social media feeds may well come back to bite you in the ass. As I’ve mentioned before, the Internet never forgets, and people are always at the ready to image capture whatever you’ve just posted. Don’t think they aren’t. There is always someone out there more than willing, and definitely ready to use whatever you’ve said to their advantage. Even if they have to twist it out of context to fit their needs, and to their benefit.
Before you clamber up onto your soapbox let’s think this through carefully:
- Should you be putting this on your Author page?
- Are you ready for the backlash/response this is likely to garner? Remember, there’s always someone who is ready to disagree just because they can, even if they don’t believe in their own stance.
- Would you put this up on your personal page (ie: non-Author) where your friends, co-workers, acquaintances, and family members can read it?
- Do you truly believe this, or are you hopping on someone else’s bandwagon because you think it’s what you should be saying/doing?
- Do you have all the facts, hard and coldly laid out, and are sure there is no way anyone could refute what you’ve said? ie: You didn’t get your facts off the Net from a “questionable” source.
If you answered NO to any of the above, then what the ever loving fuck are you doing?
I am not an overly political person, and while I do have strong opinions I do not feel the need to share them with the entire world. I know, you’re sitting there going, well I have two hundred “friends”, that’s hardly the world Moira. True. But let’s think this through shall we? Say five “friends” share your post, and five of their “friends” share that post, and then five of those folks “friends” share the post… Are you seeing where I’m going with this?
Good publicity flows like a gentle stream steady and sure, but bad publicity roars along like a flood destroying everything in it’s path. People are more than willing to spread the love, don’t get me wrong. Bad publicity, or anything foot-in-mouth though gets an inordinate amount of attention, and can go viral fast. When you go viral you don’t want it to be because of something you said in the heat of the moment, do you?
The saying is that there’s no such thing as bad publicity, but that isn’t entirely true. If you’re seeking to be known as a rule breaker, a rogue, or someone bucking the system then go right ahead and say whatever whenever. Just remember that the reputation you create online will follow you through your career as an author. There is, after all a difference between having an opinion, and being strongly opinionated. Do you really want to tarnish your author brand, your name and reputation, by posting anything inflammatory (which is just about anything these days) on your author page?
Basically what I’m trying to say is that you need to chose your battles, and your platform well. Ask yourself if you want whatever you are posting to be forever associated with the image you have created as an author. Question if it would better be said from your personal persona rather than the author one. Hell, decide if you really need to post it at all. With all that is out there on social media these days, do you really want to be the one to supply more fuel to the fire? While some folks are out to pick a fight no matter what you post (recipe, puppy pic, or your opinion) sometimes it’s best to keep your hands off the keyboard.
Now, I’ve said my piece, and it’s really up to you to decide for yourself. So I’m out of here, and you should be too. Get out and enjoy the day however you see fit.
XO Moira Callahan