Maybe it’s just me.

Good Afternoon, At least it is where I am.

This topic is something that I struggle with. Not on a daily basis, but every now and again someone will push my button(s), and I try to handle the situation as best as I can without coming across as being rude. Perhaps, I am just not as informed as I think I am when it comes to social media etiquette.

I’m not trying to complain but instead trying to understand. As a new author and want to promote my new book; I expect that I will make “friends” with various people around the world. I’m perfectly okay with that and look forward to sharing my journey with those that are interested in following along.

My issue is that 1 out of every 5 new “friends” feels it’s perfectly acceptable to start messaging me right away and asking for pictures. I’m fine answering questions, but I have to draw the line when it becomes personal in the first two sentences minutes after I accept the friend request. Maybe it’s just me, but I find that a bit creepy and uncomfortable.

It’s bad enough that I have to weed out the creepy “friends” before accepting their request. I’m trying to promote a space where other people (that may have also been abused in the same manner that I was) can come and feel safe sharing their thoughts and ideas. I do not want my newsfeed cluttered with videos showing violence and abuse towards others or cruelty toward animals. Those visual aides don’t sit well with some of us who may suffer from PTSD.

I’m content if you want to share your written work on my page for others to read. Please keep in mind that I am not a professional editor, I don’t have any connections that will launch your own career as a writer. The writing that I do, is a means of therapy for me. I am an Indie Author who just launched her first book through KDP. I am happy to answer questions, but I am in no way an expert on self-publishing. I simply share my experience as I go through it and hopefully it helps someone else.

There are plenty of places to share your written work with others who are genuinely interested in reading it. My personal messenger is not one of those places. Thank you for considering me, I’m just as new at this as you are.

Anyway, I’ve vented and my point has been made.

I hope that it doesn’t come across as being too harsh. ~ Hannah


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