Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Blogs, Facebook, and Teenage Daughters

Some of you may notice I've given my blog a makeover. I liked the black slate with white text, but it gave me trouble every month with the First Impressions posts. It was hard to differentiate between the text being critiqued and the critique itself, and embedded junk leftover from cutting and pasting often made the post unreadable once it was published (although it looked fine in previews.)

I still have a few problems. I can't get the new header centered, for one thing. And when I try to add newly followed blogs to the roll on my sidebar, they don't appear in my list. I could add them one by one using their URLs, but why take all that time when there's a button that's SUPPOSED to do the work for me? Grr.

Facebook had a surprise for me this week, too. I'm not talking about the new layout, but a friend request from the main character of my WIP. For a moment, when I saw that Mick Brewster was "friending" me, I wondered if I'd completely lost my grip on reality. But then, sanity returned as I realized who was behind it:

Teenage Daughter.

So, I friended him and discovered she'd put quite a lot of thought into his profile. Parts of it made me giggle:





It still gives me a start when Mick's posts appear in my feed -- and a laugh when my beta readers respond to him.


Clearly, Teenage Daughter has too much time on her hands. I should get her to handle the social media campaign for my next book when it comes out. Heck, I should rent her out to other writers!

Anybody want to bid on a teenage social media guru?

14 comments:

  1. *raises hand*

    I'm only half-kidding. This is pretty brilliant! Good luck with your blog issues, Dianne. I'm scared to touch anything on mine for fear of breaking it.

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  2. Could we like share her? :D

    You know some people pay big bucks for a publicist. I hope you're giving her a raise in her allowance. She deserves it.

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  3. LOL! Your daughter is brilliant. Must be those good genes. ;)

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  4. I think your daughter has found her calling :)

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  5. That is single-handedly the coolest thing I've ever seen, and Teenage Daughter is a genius. Now we wait to see if she uses her powers for good or evil...

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  6. ditto what everyone else said :)

    and she sure is your daughter, eh?

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  7. That's freaking awesome! I would love it!

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  8. What a fantastic idea! Your daughter deserves a raise in her allowance.

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  9. I would freak out if my mc friended me too. Love Mick's profile! lol

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  10. LOL! All the people suggesting a raise in her allowance might not realize how often I chauffeur her to and from her friends' houses and extra-curricular activities!

    Barter works well, too!

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  11. I WANT TO BEFRIEND NICK!

    (of course, I should actually finish the dang book first. I'm a horrible, horrible person...)

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  12. I love this!! Funny to read it today because I received a letter from a "fan" in the mail. It was from my nine year old daughter but written in the voice of "an interested and excited fan" Maybe I have a future FB social media guru growing in my house too!

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  13. LOL. Sounds like something I'd do if my dad was a writer ;D

    You know, I could totally use your daughter. My schedule is OVER LOADED!

    Of course, when you get that pretty little book of yours finished and published, there's always room for it on my blog!

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  14. That's hilarious. At least you know you have one huge fan!

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