29 thoughts on “Is Facebook a good platform for writers?

  1. Facebook has changed over the last year or two making it hard for my blogging content to be seen. Facebook doesn’t like links to outside sites and will hinder them appearing.
    While it’s fun and engaging, for everyday life. I don’t think it’s a viable media for writers unless using ads. And until I have a published book there’s nothing to sell, catch 22.
    I’m glad you and most of the people commenting agree because my gut instinct is to focus less on Fb at the moment.
    However, I’m aware of how fast things change so I’m keeping my toes in Fb waters. 🤓

    • Sorry for the delay in replying to your comment.

      Yes they have definitely changed it so that they drive you towards paying for advertising that (if you’re lucky) will get you a few more views or a few more clicks.

      Even then, I don’t find the advertising to be all that strong at driving traffic – but maybe that’s just me.

  2. I deleted my Facebook two years ago and have never looked back. The main reasons for deleting it were that it could sometimes take up way too much of my time, the recent data breaches, and people contacting me via chat just for a random chat (why not call me or email me?) or who I had no idea who they were. It all got overwhelming, so I deleted my account shortly before the news came out that Facebook had been selling user data via an app.
    I know many people rely on Facebook, mainly to keep in touch with family and friends, but what happened to picking up the phone or going to see someone if they lived locally?

    • Apologies Hugh, for the delay in replying to your comment.

      I think you hit the nail on the head “overwhelming” I find for all the effort needed to make Facebook useful, it’s likely the results won’t actually be that good and it uses a lot of time.

      I don’t even feel Facebook is good to connect to friends and family, because so much is just “like” and nothing more.

      People learn about car accidents or births via Facebook. I find that so odd. Surely these are things that are best done privately, directly. Or maybe that’s just me.

      • I agree, Ari. I’ve seen people ‘hanging out their dirty laundry in public’ by having arguments on Facebook, resulting in the world being able to see what is going on. It amazes me what personal data (some which can be picked up by scammers) people are happy to share on social media, as well as on their blogs. In today’s’ world of the ‘data age’ it’s something many people seem to have little regard about in keeping their personal data safe.

      • It is sad that so many people don’t think before they type and can end up showing a very unprofessional image on social media.

        And the fact so many people are quite open with all their personal data is shocking. I remember growing up with computers, before Google and before social media became big.. when it was forums and Yahoo Community Groups…

        And there was always this sense of keeping your data private. No real names, no sharing of your life with everyone you meet… now it’s all on display and yet nowadays things are more at risk of scammers and hackers than ever.

        Strange times

  3. I have a profile and page for my pen name, but it has nowhere near the reach of my muggle name. Every now and then, I consider using my everyday account to boost my author stuff, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. Losing privacy would be hell. And I can’t help thinking that my Twitter/writer people and my Facebook people being allowed to mingle would be like a Griswold style disaster wedding/Walford funeral. I use my page for sharing blog posts and Pinterest boards, but it’s really not worth it. I just didn’t want to not be there if people ever came looking.

    I do use Facebook for my beta group though because it definitely has the best chat mechanism and group organisation function of any of the social media sites. We can keep track of files & photos & individual conversations. I love it for that.

    • Apologies for the delay in replying to your comment.

      LOL I am so glad you said that re Facebook people and Twitter people mingling. I feel the same, though I’m not even sure why! lol

      I think that is why many of us are on Facebook. It’s one of those platforms apparently “people check” if they want to find you, so we kinda need a presence.

      I noticed several successful authors that I follow either are no longer on Facebook or barely update and I feel that is very telling.

  4. I’m not sold on Facebook as a writer platform either. I have a page, because it’s kinda the main way I get info to people who know me IRL, but I’ve gained like 1 or 2 new followers in 2018. I don’t invest too much time in it. The other thing that annoys me is that Pages can’t join groups (or they weren’t last time I checked). I’d love to join a few on the writing groups on Facebook, but I’m unwilling to do so with my personal profile, and I’m not investing more time creating a profile under my pen name when I already have a page established!!

    • Apologies for the delay in replying to your comment.

      Thanks for your comment Rebecca. Yes, it seems like you and I are not alone. A lot of the comments I’ve received show me that writers, aren’t feeling as connected with Facebook.

      Oh I know! Why can’t they let Page’s join groups. That would make things so much easier

      I have to admit I do have a personal profile and I have joined some groups but then my timeline gets overwhelmed as even just being on like one or two groups can end up with dozens of new posts appearing.

      I just feel Facebook could work but I’d have to really invest a shed-load of time and effort, and I’m not sure it’s worth it

  5. Great post – I made it tagging and gave to leave – but took a lot away – and glad you could not be a pirate because we need more good writers in the world! Keep doing what you do

    • Apologies for the delay in replying to your comment.

      Lol well that is a possibility 😀 I am lucky that most people who follow me on Facebook don’t know me IRL. I actually find that preferable on all social medias! lol

  6. Facebook is a great tool for me as a blogger. So far, the experience has been worthwhile. I’ve heard many bloggers tell beautiful stories of how they enjoy interacting with people on Twitter, and I have tried out Twitter but still haven’t got the vibe.

    Beautiful post, Ari! With all those statistics and sources you cited, I’ve learnt a lot.

    • Apologies for the delay in replying to your comment.

      Thanks so much for your comment. It’s great to get that different view. When I started Facebook, I found it was great to drive traffic to my blog and I was very anti-Twitter.

      Now it has definitely shifted for me. I do think, in the end, different platforms work better for different people, so what works well for one might not for another.

      I think the issue is when we try and force it, which is how I’m finding Facebook at the moment,

      Thank in honesty, I haven’t given it the same thought and planning as I have with say Pinterest or Twitter.

  7. Facebook definitely has its ups and downs. It was the first I used and usually brought more viewers of my blog posts than other social media accounts. These days though I feel interaction and reach isn’t what it used to be.

    • Apologies for the delay in replying to your comment.

      I agree, Facebook definitely brought a lot of traffic to my blog in the early days, even when I had a lot less followers. Now it’s just constantly dropping off.

      I’d rather put my efforts into Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram. After all, it gets tiresome spreading yourself so thin across platforms.

      Whatever they have done to the algorithms on Facebook, has definitely had a negative effect

  8. I hate Facebook, I have a profile and 2 pages, but I don’t post on them…. Somehow the vibe from people is not the same as the blogging world…. After a few bad episodes, I don’t see Facebook most days. Maybe one day I will go back to it…

    • Hi Shalini, apologies for the delay in replying to your comment.

      I am the same, I have a profile and two pages. The only thing I like is that I only need one log in (pity blogs couldn’t do that, rather than making you log out and log into additional ones).

      I totally agree, there is a vibe now – it’s not like the other platforms and since I don’t use it to “keep up with friends and family” I am finding it tedious just to keep going.

      I do want to give it one last hurrah, then if it doesn’t buck its ideas up, it will be left to fester. 🙂

  9. I’m still not sure about Facebook, it’s such a crappy thing now and it has uses but I’m not sure it’s worth much energy. Thanks for the post, useful stuff I didn’t know about the no profit for profile thing.

    • Apologies for the delay in replying to your comment.

      From the comments I’ve received after posting this blog post, it seems we are not along in our disdain for Facebook.

      It does seem to drain a lot of energy for little return. I’m not even talking about financial or even followers, but simple interactions seem lacking now.

      I may make a decision about Facebook next year. I know several people who’ve left it and been no worse off.

      • Theta how I feel about it, I have a profile and groups on there but I don’t feel like I get much from it to want to use it. But then if you don’t are you missing a piece of social media pie?

        I keep thinking I will ditch it but then I can’t bring myself to. It’s weird…

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