My guest post yesterday on Writer Unboxed talked about platform and how easy it is to get sucked into the sell, sell, sell mentality across one's online presence. I was floored by all the positive and affirming responses from like-minded writers, struggling to find the balance in their public voices.
It's comforting to know I'm in such good company.
Following on to that post, and the fact that several commenters sent me FB friend requests, I have a question/quandary. I joined FB a few years ago, primarily as a way to keep in contact with distant family and friends. I also needed to FB account because my kids wanted to join, and I made their friending me a contingency.
Most of my FB friends are people I have pre-existing connections with, either family, HS and college friends, and local writing buddies. A smaller subset of my FB community are writers I have workshopped with in several online writing groups and websites I have been members of for years.
Now, I'm getting requests from various social media connections, from people I don't have direct relationships with and I'm not sure what to do.
It's important to me to keep an appropriate boundary between my private and public lives, especially where my children are concerned, and I want to stay connected with other writers and readers I encounter on the net. I also don't think those folks really care about the play my kid's in or that one of my cousins is getting married this summer.
If any of you have more than 1 FB profile, can you share what your experience has been? Is it a hassle to maintain both? Does it help keep that boundary intact? And where do you draw the line between personal friends and professional friends?