Facebook Is Playing Hide And Seek

What started as a platform to connect and create new friendship grew to become more. It gave a chance to many of us to create a fanbase for our art. What used to be a light lost its shine. What used to give us freedom now tries to blind us.

It Started Small

Facebook is the number one platform for many artists and authors in the indie community. Many of us depend on this particular social media to develop our social media platform and create a follower base.

It started with opportunities to boost posts and create ads. Following, Facebook grabbed all the advertisement it could to overflow the newsfeed of its users. It was like watching a movie with except with every five scenes you got five minutes of advertisement!

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Attack on the Indie Community

Recently, many social media exercised a purge of their respective platforms. Nobody seems to understand their doing or their reasoning. However, the most significant audience it affects seems to remain the same one: the independent and freelance creatives.

The Big Boys

For years now, Facebook went through many facelifts and changes. So many times, I remember going, “What the frack?” and “Okey-dokey.” On my journey to become an author, I created a network of fellow creatives from various fields, as well as editors and small publishers. It stuck with me that often they would say Facebook hurt their business.

We all know that Instagram belongs to Facebook. It is their application to share pictures and videos. An excellent platform for authors, or at least, it was. Then again, they went full-purged on their users. Going through a multiple of “Follow Loop,” I must say that I dropped out from the Instagram wagon. I heard of this purge way too often.

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Technological Flaw

When you are an artist, what you do defines who and what you are. You develop a taste for a genre, a style, or a theme even. Then, people see you as that person who loves this or that. Sometimes, you become that person without knowing it.

The False Influence

A few years ago I fell in love with the HBO series, True Blood. I had an idea for a novel series, and I started looking around to make sure I didn’t see it somewhere else by mistake. As a result, I stumbled upon the Trubie world and became a fan myself.

In like manner, I ended up writing a few novels in the vampire genre and found myself becoming a paranormal romance author. Something was off. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but I didn’t feel like myself. Moreover, one of my best friends read my books and found it lacking something.

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