Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Facebooking and Breast Cancer Awareness

Back in 2010, when I was just starting out with this writing gig, I knew about Facebook and Twitter. And I knew I didn’t want anything to do with them.

Ahhh, but then I wanted to be published. I was querying my book. I was told (by writer friends and published authors) I should be on one of those social media sites for any hope of being noticed. So I chose Facebook (I do have a Twitter account, just so no one else would grab my name in case I became a big-time author, but I don’t monitor it).

I don’t know if Facebook is working out so well for me book-wise, but that’s not the purpose of this post.

For the most part I enjoy Facebook, even though it can be a huge time suck. But there are some things that go on there that I just don’t get. Like what happened to me the other day.

A friend posted a status. Sure, she did it in a strange, vague kind of way, but I’m not exactly close friends with this person (although we have met), so I have no idea what her life is actually like. So I made a flippy comment (because she’s always humorous so felt no fear there).

Well, it seems I’ve been had. Because I commented, now I was supposed to post some stupid vague status and do the same to people who comment on that post. And get this…

It’s all for breast cancer awareness.

How the hell is punishing your friends for commenting on a post that has to do with nothing doing any good for breast cancer awareness??

And yes, I feel as though I was punished for commenting.

You want breast cancer awareness? Post about getting a mammogram.

Needless to say, I did not continue this “game.” You see, I actually want people to CONTINUE commenting on my posts. Not drive them away!

By the way, I did get my mammogram on Monday (along with my flu shot). Everything is still a-okay!! No more six-month follow ups. I’m back to annual mammograms!

Life is good.

No reading update today because I haven’t finished anything since last Wednesday. And no pictures of my vacation because I haven’t uploaded the photos to my laptop yet. Looks like I’m a real slacker, huh? But I’m not. I’m busy with my treasurer duties (of my local RWA chapter). I got sick and tired of paying QuickBooks, so I bought a new laptop for the chapter (yes, I was reimbursed) for pretty much what it would have cost for another year of the online version. The chapter owned a desktop version of QuickBooks (2010) and after much hair pulling and my son’s help, finally got it to work. So I’m now setting it up and entering data from the beginning of this year to make sure I’m doing it correctly. It’s kind of a time-suck because there is more work involved. But it’ll be sooooo much cheaper. And I’ll have written instructions for the next treasurer (because I can only be treasurer for two years in a row before they make me take a break). I don’t mind doing it because it isn’t all that hard and it’s kind of fun work (the accountant in me enjoys it anyways).

So … Did you get your flu shot? If not and you’re able, do it. Not for yourself, but for the people you love. You wouldn’t want to get them sick, now would you?

Happy Reading!



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That does seem like a weird way to do it. I'm not on Facebook, so glad I miss the drama and stupidity that others talk about. (I chose Twitter instead.)

Maria Zannini said...

I get a little peeved with games like this, especially if they don't say upfront what's going on. I won't play.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Alex - I can't imagine Twitter not doing stupid stuff.

Maria - I must remember not to comment on vague stuff anymore.

Jennette Marie Powell said...

I hate those Facebook posts like you mention. I never comment on or like them.

Got my mammogram a couple months ago, but haven't gotten my flu shot yet, and my company gave us a free voucher to get one at CVS! In my defense, I just got my printer unpacked last week. Thanks for the reminder!