Facebook. The word meant nothing to me just a few months ago. And now? Well, I'm hooked.
When I finaled in the Golden Heart® and crept out of the cave in which I'd been cloistered the previous two years, I discovered a whole new world. Cyberspace.
Oh, I'd used the internet to do research for my historical inspirational romances, but I had no idea how to use the web to connect with other writers.
I was invited to join a Yahoo® loop whose members are the 2008 GH finalists. One day a member shared that she was on Facebook and invited us to "friend" her. Having learned that these savvy women were a wealth of information, I decided to see what she was talking about.
In no time I located Facebook, set up an account and learned how to befriend someone. For the first few weeks I had about ten friends--nine fellow finalists and my daughter. I enjoyed playing a couple of games with DD and exchanging a occasional message with a GH pal.
And then I began to receive friend requests from others, people I didn't even know. At first I was hesitant to accept their offers, but then I realized Facebook involves so much more than exchanging messages with people I already know. As a social network, it offers the opportunity to connect with people from across the country and around the world.
As of this point, I have over 160 new friends, many of them writers and authors. As their friend, I can view their profiles, learn more about them and receive periodic updates. I'm in touch with some of the very women who write the books I love to read. Cool!
A side benefit is that I've also connected with relatives and friends with whom I want to keep in contact. Now I can click on their photos in my friends list and drop them a quick message. Plus I get to see photos, including some of my first grandniece, who's a real cutie, btw.
Checking my Facebook page has become a much-anticipated part of my day. If you have an account, I invite you to friend me. Hope to see you there.