I’ve been a member of this blog for many years now, since our inception. And I’ve shared a lot with y’all. A lot from my writing career and my books itself, but also from my personal life. We’ve talked about a lot, weddings, being homesick, moving, building a house, miscarriages, new sales, lost contracts, it seems you’ve all been here with me through it all. I love that. I love that with the social communities of Facebook and Twitter and blogs, that I can directly communicate with you readers and you can do the same with me.
But how much is too much? Is there a line that you can cross?
I’m of the opinion that there is a line, but perhaps it’s different for all of us. I know that plenty of authors on Facebook or Twitter share their political beliefs. Frankly I think this is a bad idea. I’ve had to “hide” plenty of people during this political season (on both sides) because the nastiness gets to me. I don’t go to Facebook for political stuff, that’s what CNN is for. Or The Professor since that’s what he does. (can I just say how ready I am for this election to be over with?! This is like a superbowl that won’t end!)
So that’s a line for me. I don’t discuss politics on-line. But I have discussed stuff from my own personal life and perhaps other authors feel that is crossing a line.
Then there’s the writing stuff. We all gripe about our writing at some point or another. It can’t be helped. It’s part of our process, we’re inherent whiners. Some more than others. I’ve known some writers to go so far as to put up posts that detail why they can’t get the next book out for whatever reason and I’ve wondered, does that cross a line? Does it ruin it for readers to know that writing is a struggle for some of us? To know that the process isn’t magical or fun all the time? (do you think Jane Austen griped about her writing process?)
How about you? Have you had to hide or unfriend people because they’ve crossed a line? Do you think that authors can share too much of their personal lives? How about the writing stuff? Do we over-share?