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Posted By Michelle Birbeck

As you all know, I have a facebook page, which means I have a personal account, too. That’s all perfectly well and good, but a few months back I had some issues. Someone decided it would be funny to report a lot of my pictures (specifically the ones to do with my writing), and I almost ended up losing the whole account. Since then my personal page has been locked down on private, so the only people on there are those who I know personally. That includes my close friends, family, and those people I know from overseas who I only get to talk to on Facebook.

Now, you might be wondering what all this means, and that is where it gets slightly complicated. Since my facebook page took off, I’ve been getting a lot of friend requests from fellow writers. Now, I am sure you are all wonderful people, in fact, I know you are, but here’s the thing; my personal facebook account is just that, it’s personal. It’s all me, all the time, and it’s where I talk to my friends and mess about with them. It’s also where all my personal pictures are, the ones of my family BBQs and my husband. It’s all set to private because that is just how I want it. It’s like my house in my street. I don’t mind going down the street and saying hi to people, but I don’t want them knocking on my door telling me what they had for dinner.

So feel free to talk to me on twitter and on my facebook page, in fact, I would love to hear from you, even if it is just to say hi. And please don’t be offended if you do send me a friend request on facebook and it gets ignored and deleted. It’s not that I don’t like you, it’s just that there’s a ‘work’ me who sits around killing people (characters, honest) for a living, and then there’s the ‘home’ me who wants to switch off and catch up with family and friends.


3 Comment(s):
Sher A Hart said...
I have a facebook page too, using my pun name taken from my full name. It's kind of aggravating that facebook won't let me do some writerly things through that though. And I have to share things with my real self to get them out to friends and family. Not perfect, but as you say, I don't want my personal and work life mixed up either. I followed you back on twitter already but don't see a follower widget here. You can follow me through my chocolate contest on my blog, and vote for my campaign challenge using strange required words if you like it.
September 26, 2011 06:10:19
Michele Stefanides said...
I had a personal page first, which is under a partial alias. I have a large and rather crazy family, so when I got serious about writing and connecting with other writers, I created another page with my real name, since I use that for my writing. Only my family and some close friends are with me on the alias. There's some trouble with crossover, though. I got a lot of local press when I went back to my hometown for the unveiling of my book, and lots of people I had lost touch with found me on FB through that. Not close enough that I want to let them in my personal page (I just don't want to shatter my "nice girl" image!) I also sometimes lose track of which page I'm on, because for some reason, my family decided they wanted to friend me on my professional page, too, because, believe it or not, they claim to be proud of my writing! If I had it to do all over again, I would...well, I don't know what I would do. Have a third page? Yikes! I think you're on the right track keeping your "friends" separate.
September 3, 2011 12:02:48
Patricia Green said...
Chelle, I absolutely know what you mean. I've run into the same situation, myself. I was really unsure how to handle it, so I just accepted the friend requests. Now my personal page has a lot of promos and detailed info about people and their families, people whom I don't know. They're all nice people, but except for writing, we have very little in common. I applaud your determination and hope you get what you want to out of your Facebook experience.
September 2, 2011 09:30:25
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