Are you on the internet because you have something awesome that people should see? Do you want to know how not to act like an ass and alienate them forever before they get a chance to see it?
Some folks out there are shooting themselves in the foot every time they use some kind of social media.
There was an idea for a blog post about this floating around in my head, though mine would have involved much spitting of venom, because of a particular Literary Snob Writer out there who acted like I wasn’t good enough to appreciate his work. But I am swamped with other stuff and I can’t write coherently in 95 degree heat. So instead I poured out all my sorrows into the ear of Daniel Swensen. And he came up with a blog post which is way more reasonable and intelligent and full of useful links than anything I am capable of. It’s aimed at authors, but it’s good advice for anybody.
Everybody loves sarcasm. Oh, yeah, everybody in the world just loves sarcasm. Go on, ask them, I’m sure they’ll be thrilled to tell you all about it.
Witty complaints or acidic barbs can entertain and enthrall — in moderation. But no one’s interested in a constant bitchfest. Your followers do not want to hear about what a burden it is to have so many fans, or how angry you are that so many authors are promoting their books(instead of yours). — Daniel Swensen, “Social Media and Indie Authors: How (Not) to Behave”
Go read the whole thing. I think you’ll agree that he writes much better than I do and uses far less offensive language.
Daniel Swensen wins the internets. And not just because he name-checked me at the end, though that definitely helps. It’s a dizzying feeling of euphoria, having inspired somebody. I need to do this more often.