I think my time experimenting with Twitter as a networking and marketing platform to build my brand as an author is coming to an end. I like the superficial support of the Writers Community there, BUT superficial is the key word. Yeah, I’m going to be burning some bridges here, but the people I’ll alienate are already shutting me out anyway. So what the hell. Where are the problems?
First, there’s Twitter’s policy on adult content to begin with. It’s virtually non-existent and very helter-skelter. With the laws about adult material getting crazier and crazier, I don’t feel safe posting anything adult there. Hell, it bothers me greatly that WordPress doesn’t have an adult filter thing that will at least put up a “are you over 18?” button before entering a blog. That’s a side rant however. Point is, I can see an eventual backlash against it like happened with Tumblr. Tumblr isn’t evil, it just didn’t want to deal with all the crap that sites like Craigslist, Backpage and several others have. In an age of lawyers & lawsuits, it’s easier to just go zero tolerance.
The irony to all of this is that my goal isn’t even to be an erotica author. I want and plan to branch out into other genres. I’m good with Sci-Fi, fantasy, paranormal, romance… I enjoy erotica but RIGHT NOW, it’s a way to prime the pump financially to do full blown novels. I love erotica, and I plan to keep doing it. I just want to be known for more; as a multifaceted writer.
That leads us to the second issue. Try as I might to deny it, there IS a definite bias against erotica writers in the Writing Community. Romance writers as well, it seems. If you’re not writing mainstream fiction or non-fiction, you’re not a real writer. Even children’s books get more respect, and John freaking Cena wrote one of those. Granted it’s not an all out boycott or anything, but it’s there. “Real” writers get 1000+ followers overnight. Nearly 3 months later, I’m struggling to stay above 500, and that’s with spending 12 hours a day trying to make friends and be supportive of others.
There’s an even greater and more obvious bias against unpublished writers. You’re not a real author unless you have a book for sale. The irony is, ten years ago, half the people saying or thinking this crap were getting told they weren’t real authors if they were indie or self publishing. Now this next remark is NOT directed at anybody I know on Twitter. Everyone that writes erotica in my circle seems to be very talented. That said, the part that pisses me off is that I am SOLIDLY better than at least half the erotica writers on Amazon. Half of the stuff I’ve paid money for there was so shitty they should be paying ME to read it. “The Wife’s BFF” is only on a blog though, so I’m not a real author.
Then there’s politics, and to a lesser degree social issues. Everything is presented to the extreme. You can’t be in favor of women’s rights unless you think all men need to be marched off to the gas chamber. Anybody that wants to argue that should just look at the majority of tweets in response to Gillette’s virtue signaling “TheBestMenCanBe” campaign. You don’t LOVE everything Democratic and declare Trump the anti-christ, you’re the enemy of everything decent, etc… Anybody that owns a gun is out to go on a mass shooting. Cops have a genocidal hatred of mnorities. There’s NO rational discussion.
I tend to highlight liberal examples because they’re more common on Twitter. All but the most rabid and insane right wingers have been shouted into silence on Twitter. For the record, I used to describe myself as a social liberal and a fiscal conservative; kind of a classic libertarian. As I see more and more of the extremes on all sides though, I’ve become a moderate across the board:
Yes, I want women’s rights. I’m just sick and damned tired of seeing all men labeled as shit as part of the process. Hate only fuels the backlash complained about and SLOWS THE PROCESS!!!
Yes, I want LGBTQ rights, but without the same toxic crap they complain about being directed back at straight people.
YES, I want minority rights, but again without the toxic crap. Remember what I just said about backlash; it’s created by fighting hate with hate.
Yes, I want immigration reform and people to have a shot at the American dream. The VAST majority of Latinos are moral, honest, hard working people. I want border security too and for our cops and citizen to NOT be gunned down by the bad that come in with the good.
Ultimately, I don’t blame the extremists for all of the above either. I blame the moderates who supposedly agree with me, but can’t be bothered to take a stand and say “We don’t want to hear it until you’re prepared to act like a rational adult. Until then, piss off.” Too many moderates are enablers. They’re afraid of taking a stand and/or losing “friends” who they’d barely tolerate in real life. So instead they give people drunk of self righteous hatred the drink of passive agreement.
Amazing how many people have re-tweeted my “Be the Light” post, but I have yet to see anybody take a real stand against the BS at Twitter.
Instead, I’m the villain for having the courage of my convictions. I spend hours trying to build a brand and a network, liking and commenting on countless things, trying to joke and cheer people up, etc… People barely acknowledge my existence anymore.
There’s no “Brand building” as marketers like to call it. I can’t comment on half of what’s said on twitter for fear of being crucified. I’m vilified for saying that so long as you don’t want to hear a reply, I don’t want to hear the hate. I’m not taken seriously as a writer…
What the hell is the point? I have 546 followers now. 10% of them never even read my profile to see the “politics = blocked” in it, and they have #resistance or similar crap in their profile. Another 25% or so are just marketing bots / accounts that I have no interest in and they have NO interest in me beyond selling. Out of the 2/3 remaining, I can count on my fingers the number of people who regularly respond to my tweets and actually give a damned about me as a person.