Adventures in Face Book Land

Published July 23, 2013 by Maryanne

Facebook_icon.svgFor the past two years I was anti-Face Book because I had a few bad experiences, but now I’m back on to help promote my upcoming book, as well as my business (which I tried to do with a regular business page, but I’m getting more positive feedback with a regular account — I think just like old school businesses, people prefer the personal touch).

So, in just two days, I reconnected with some old friends, made some new ones and generated some interest for my upcoming book, “On the Guest List.”

Being on Face Book again reminded me of why I loved it to begin with. It really brings you closer to some people, then the next time you see them it’s extra awesome. I love that I can help promote my friends and their talents along the way. It’s just a great trip to be on.

And no matter how professional you try to be, there’s always a funny story to tell — past and present.

STORY #1

When I first signed on, the name of this guy I never met before in my life (and lives halfway around the world) showed up as suggested people I know. I didn’t know the guy AT ALL.

Turned out, he put that he worked at my home-based business, Pear Tree Enterprises.

I was like, “WHOA!” He never worked here, this is just a one-man show — ME!

Only once in my life did I have to hire help for a huge website project and it wasn’t him.

And mind you, this dude gave himself a pretty big title too. At first I was annoyed. But my second thought was, okay, actually this makes me look pretty darn good. I wish I could hire someone and pay them enough for a prestigious title but if he wants to be a liar, it only makes me look better until people become the wiser. It’s a win/win for now.

STORY #2

A few years ago I had an idea for a start-up online magazine. I had quite a few people interested in working with me: artists, web designers, etc. that were willing to work for free until we got advertising.

Then I got insanely busy and put the project on the back-burner.

A few months later, out of the blue, a girl contacted me and asked if she could write for the magazine. I told her it wasn’t happening. She bitched me out in an email, calling me every name in the book because she was ready to write.

My husband said, “How can she write for a magazine that doesn’t exist?”

Yeah, BINGO … but I couldn’t tell her that, she was wishing me death! Scary, but funny at the same time. (She’s one of the reasons I gave up on Face Book first time around).

STORY #3

My friend Margo is the salt of the earth and I love her to death.

I used to have this Face Book page called “Maryanne’s Jukebox” and had quite a following. I allowed everyone to post songs. Margo loves Alice Cooper and I posted “Go to Hell” by Alice Cooper for her and wrote, “This one’s for Margo.”

All of a sudden, I got all these emails from friends saying, “What happened with Margo?!”

They thought I was mad at her and telling her to “go to hell.” – And that was the FURTHEST from the truth!

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So let’s see what other funny adventures happen in cyber land as I re-build my network.

 

12 comments on “Adventures in Face Book Land

  • Oh yes, there is always an adventure πŸ™‚ Good to see you on Facebook. πŸ™‚
    I went through a love/hate relationship with FB a while back, but I try to ignore the negative. I also tried to start a business page, but that is not going so well, maybe because I don’t know what I am doing. I really don’t like referring to it as a Fan Page.
    You are doing a great job at promoting on Facebook and sounds like it is paying off for you. Hopefully all your future adventures will be positive ones!

    • It’s great seeing you there too, Marie! I enjoyed all your photos. I love that your son has long hair, that’s so cool. The business pages are bizarre, just like the spin off pages on WordPress … for whatever reason, no one seems to see them.

  • Yes, all this social networking and branding is confusing and I really just want to make real connections, not just promote myself “hey, look at me!!” I am trying to build an active community of artists with my “fan page” It is slow going, especially for me – I am so tech challenged.

    Thanks so much for having a look at my photos – I havent looked at them in a log while – I had forgotten what was up there. Funny thing about my son – I used to get calls from school about his long hair (in middle school) when he got to high school, he cut it all off and kept it in a buzz cut ever since. But in highschool he was allowed to have long hair. Go figure.

    • Well, see, that’s the trick — to promote, but also encourage others. One of my clients is doing that and she’s truly working it beautifully. She’s my idol right now and I’m learning from her. As for “real connections” — I have that in real life. I have such a well-rounded, happy life I couldn’t be more ecstatic. I go to bed shaking with enthusiasm because I’m so happy. Dennis laughs at me and says I’m like a little kid πŸ™‚

      • Im so happy for you!! of course I have real connections in real life, but I have been living out of the country for over 15 years, never been in one place long enough to establish roots I have to reinvent myself every couple years…. plus, those i do have real world connections in real life don’t all share my exact same interests, like with art for example. I am so happy to have met this group of women I am a part of, I hope to branch out and make real connections with them and others like us – deeper than Facebook. A network of women who encourage each other and lift each other up and it is going pretty good so far. I really do wish sometimes I had spent more of my life planted to one place, or at least one region of the planet. I am a little envious of all the folks I am meeting around here who are so connected to their friends and families here. But I have had lots of great experiences too that I wouldn’t want to give up.

      • Oh, I see what you’re saying … yeah, that sounds tough. It took me a long time to make real friend connections and I’ve been in NJ my whole life. Then Darlene came along via Dennis (she’s his cousin’s long term girlfriend). Then I got closer with Diane. And Nick and Vinnie I started getting closer to them this past year. Now I have a nice bunch. And two of my female clients are becoming friends. Most of my adult life I was a loner.

  • Wow, you’re so awesome that people want to write for your nonexistent magazine AND work for your home based company? Lol, better be careful…if we follow the progression you’ll have random cats posting that they are your pets, too! πŸ™‚

    Wish I had some stories like that.

  • Hahaha! Hi Maryanne
    That’s so funny! I have face book attached to my blog but it never gets used. I haven’t really promoted the page and think I’ll take it down. I think I’m the only one I know not on Face book! Lol.

    People always ask if they can contact me on Facebook. I feel like a looser not on it! LMAO

    Blogging is enough for now. Good luck with your business and book! Have a great day. Hugs Paula xxx

    • Yeah, I’m with you Paula. I wasn’t on it for two years and I finally caved to promote my book (if it ever gets done — now that I have so many clients I’m actually turning down work!) My husband isn’t on Face Book — everyone says how smart he is for not being on it, so he’s with you πŸ™‚

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