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Brooke Shaffer

Author, Ski Patroller, and Pasta-Eater Extraordinaire

Announcement of Impending Changes

I don't get on Facebook normally.  I don't get on my personal account, and I pretty much only get on my Author page when I have something to announce.  So I totally understand when people don't know what's going on with me, and I understand that I probably miss a lot of things going on with other people.  I get it.  I do.

However, I do have a problem with Facebook algorithms deciding what it thinks you want to see, from whom, and when.  Whether it's personal, political, whatever, it's annoying.

First thing I want to make clear is that I'm not getting rid of my Facebook Author page (at this time) because it is still a large platform.  All important announcements, dates, releases, and so on will still come through so you can stay up to date on important things.

The second thing is that all of my usual chatter is going to be centralized here on my website.  I'm not going to have a blog here and a blog there and this and that and so on.  This is my Author website, and this is where everything related will be.  Social media is for communication with the audience, advertising, and so on, but the meat will remain on the website.  It's my own little sanctuary on the Internet and I will not abandon it.

That being said, I am exploring other social media options, alternatives to Big Tech, their monopolies and algorithms and everything else that makes them difficult and frustrating to use.  If you're interested in migrating away from Facebook, Twitter, and other Big Tech, I'll let you know how it goes.

You can now find me on Minds (alternative to Facebook) and Gab (alternative to Twitter).  If you go there right now at this moment, they'll look pretty bare because I haven't done much of anything with them beyond setup.  However, going forward, anything posted to Facebook will also be posted to these sites.

We'll see what the future of Big Tech holds.

Also, there's some kind of to-do on Minds about tokens and premium subscriptions.  Know that I will never charge you to read my posts or see my stuff.  The only stuff I will charge you for will be my books and other exciting things that you would expect.  I'm not going to charge you five dollars for me to tell you that my next book is out in a week or that there's new merch in the store or whatever.

Cheers

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