Going home

Social media is a time-consuming, life-sucking vortex of blah. From my limited and bent perspective, Facebook is used by authors primarily for promotion. Buy my book! Vote for me in this next contest! I’ve written the best thing since Homer! Yeah. Pretty much.

I’ll use FB for promotional purposes when I have something new to promote, but other than that… well, it’s a not all the helpful for getting shit done. And, truth be told, as a self-pubbing new indie author, I often feel like that weird awkward kid hiding in the corner of the cafeteria watching everyone else sitting at the crowded, cool kids’ lunch tables laugh and pat each other in the back. Entertaining to a degree, but definitely not good for my productivity.

This new Ello thing just doesn’t excite me. While it is in beta form, it’s not user-friendly and it’s poorly designed. Twitter? I’m there, but how it should be properly used evades me. I can barely find my own tweets. I love Tumblr – random pictures of pretty boys, gorgeous scenery, archaeology crap, relevant quotes and other such silliness. I enjoy Tumblr. It’s effortless and visual, but a shitty way to actually communicate with words. I like words as much as I like penises. Maybe not as much, but a lot.

Goodreads? It gives me the spooky willies so I rarely go there. Seriously, it’s a strange place. Me no likey.

So what to do?  It’s obvious, at least for me. Back to my old haunting ground, LiveJournal. I know how it works and its limitations. I can post pictures and gifs and videos. I can post porn. Yes, it’s rather quiet these days, but I like quiet. It helps me to get shit done. And LJ doesn’t seem to crash as often as it used to crash. I’ve never been censored there nor felt my identities and opinions threatened by the LJ czars. I love LiveJournal, when I don’t hate it. 😉

Because I’m extra schizophrenic, I have several accounts on LiveJournal. My author journal is here: http://jpkenwood.livejournal.com  Yes, I’ve ignored it for too long and it looks rather sad. But that will change. It’s a public journal so the posts anyone can see will be related to my fiction writing. I will post random thoughts, jokes, rants and other such nonsense for “Friends Only,” so please feel free to add me as a friend if you want to read my rambling nonsense and comment on said nonsense. I also have a “book” account at http://dominusfiction.livejournal.com. Shit, that’s confusing. I’m going to (gradually) move the posts from there to my author journal and close the “dominusfiction” account. Keep it simple, stupid.

I also LOVE Archive of Our Own for posting stories and the downloading options. I joined AO3 when it was in early beta stage and it has been a valuable, user-friendly platform from day one: archiveofourown.org/users/JPKenwood. And, so far, I adore this WordPress blog, so I’ll be here as well.

Time to cut the fat (and by fat, I pretty much mean Facebook) and get back to work. This weird, awkward kid needs to leave the school cafeteria and get back to the library and write.

Happy Saturday to all.


  6 comments for “Going home

  1. October 4, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    You’re correct on all counts. As you already know, I’m quite addicted to LJ, but it isn’t JUST because of its familiarity… it’s the communication aspect. Tumblr sucks for this, unless you’re a bored 17 year old who has time to sit and figure out what extra crap to add to your account so you can actually talk to people. I am not this. Tumblr makes me feel stifled, and the inability to easily comment on ANYTHING rubs me the wrong way.

    LJ’s strength lies in it’s comment function. Unlike Facebook, users aren’t required to be ‘hardwired’ into the community in order interact. I don’t have to friend another user in order to communicate. As a matter of fact, this is how I gained the friends I have there… through random comment conversations in different communities.

    Does LJ make me angry? Sometimes. But far less than the other platforms I’ve tried. Their help functions have always sucked, but I’ve never had another user who didn’t help me out when I’ve asked. Try that on Tumblr…

    Archive of Our Own is a different and mildly entertaining little monster, which I love. It’s a conglomeration of writers of all ages and interests, with the ability to communicate. The interesting thing is while the ability to communicate is there, it isn’t used much. They’re big on tag systems, which is another thing I’m not particularly fond of. So long as I can find something I want to read, I don’t stress on it. Some days I wish I’d never heard the word ‘tag’ unless it pertains to something attached to a corpse toe or sale price on a book. Ha.


    • October 4, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      As a matter of fact, that is EXACTLY how we met on LJ. And look at the insane wonderfulness that has ensued since. 🙂

      Yes, Tumblr is almost pure visual, which is fine. I like pictures. The occasional close-up shot of a massive erect penis still shocks me. But there I go back time and time again, getting shocked. It’s fun. Silly fun.

      AO3 is really about reading and sharing writing. People do just seem to hate to comment there. I think most AO3 users like to be stealth — read the stuff they like and scadaddle without leaving a trace. That’s fine, too.

      But the commenting features and ease of creating communities on LJ are FAB! I miss it. And now I’m finally excited about a social media site. It was right in front of my eyes. 🙂


  2. October 4, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I look at Tumblr – OMG willies! – am appalled by the ephemeral quality of Twitter – blink and you miss it – and dutifully fill in posts on FB. I use WordPress because everyone told me that nobody took LJ seriously as a blogging platform. I do <3 Pinterest and use it a lot for reference but it's not a place for sociability. But LJ – I have over ten years worth of posts in various places there and I've neglected it shamefully.

    • October 4, 2014 at 11:25 pm

      Willies galore! Could be that I just follow too many gay porn sites. 😉

      Yeah, I’ll keep up the minimum duties over at FB. I’ve made some lovely friends there, some of which I’ve had (and soon WILL have) the opportunity to meet in RL. Never tried Pinterest. I should because I hear there are recipes and I love to cook.

      It does feel good to spiff up my old LJ sites.


      • October 5, 2014 at 8:26 am

        With Pinterest you can add this handy little widget to a browser so if during casual browsing you see the absolutely PERFECT representation of a person, prop, piece of kit, vehicle, cat macro or well turned pair of buttocks you can ask for it to be pinned to your pin boards. I have one for each book/subject. Pinterest won’t have willies, they are quite strict about it, but otherwise I find them very useful and have the stuffed boards to prove it. 🙂

      • October 5, 2014 at 3:52 pm

        Damn. Now I want Pinterest! 🙂

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