I was hoping you could help me. I have a growing social media following, which I’m really happy about. My writing is getting traction and a lot of attention, and I’m hoping to be published soon!! Unfortunately, with such a huge following, comes conflicts on my wall. I try to follow and share stuff I like, but before long, really offensive things show up on my wall. I hear everything from segregation, to some people talking about something called “Praise Kek” and a certain dictator did nothing wrong, while others have made some pretty outrageous statements that I won’t repeat here, but they condemn white women and straight people pretty harshly. I’m honestly an apolitical individual and this kind of thing is abhorrent to me.
I don’t like deleting from my follows or following… I want my Twitter page to be about my writing, not about politics. I don’t know what to do.
This seems to be a recurrent theme of questions I get with regards to ‘reader management’ topics. This is actually kind of sad as personally, I’d rather spend my time helping people with their actual writing…
However, I’ve also long advocated for escapism and preventing politics from infiltrating every aspect of our lives, so to that end, I’ll try to help as best I can…
As I said the last time someone asked me a question regarding follower… GET OFF TWITTER!
“I want my Twitter page to be about my writing, not about politics.”
I can respect and appreciate that, but unfortunately in many cases it simply is not possible. Twitter has been well-documented as a pretty cancerous place for discord. If you take a look at my page, I simply use it as an additional offshoot wordpress. What you see here, you see there. I rarely tweet anything else. Even so, I get questions from people that I’m sure came from there asking me about the political messages of my books, my own views/values, and deeper meaning behind certain themes… and my answer is always the same, “Look, all I’m trying to do is write a good story. I had no political agenda in mind when I wrote the characters. I wrote Qira and General Xaphine to be strong characters because they needed to be strong characters. I wrote Adaline to be crippled and a damsel in distress because that is what the story I was trying to tell called for. While I did intend to criticize the church and the idea of blind faith in my first two books, there was no deeper meaning intended other than that. If you drew something more from it, that’s great! I hope it’s something positive that you can take away from it and incorporate it into your life.”
Forgive me, I’m going off on a tangent here. The best thing I can tell you to do, if you insist on having more than an absolutely minimal twitter presence, which IMHO is all that is necessary… and you want to keep it to writing and reading… Then you’re going to have to spend time really scrutinizing the people you follow. How do you do that? Well…
Quite simply look at their profile. Look for certain terms…
“They/Them-Gender fluid, He/Him, She/Her” (or other preferred pronouns/identity confirmation)
“Anti (pretty much anything)”
“Anything Kek of Pepe”
A good writer profile or someone who’s just looking for new reads and interesting people are going to keep their profiles simple. They’re going to tell you who they are, their occupation, maybe a hobby, and what they do. The profiles that spend more time talking about what they believe, or put more of a focus on their identity, are ones to avoid if you’re looking to steer clear of socio-political discourse. These ones are almost guaranteed to flood your all with insane amounts of politics.
Finally, and I know this one is going to hurt, you should avoid following celebrities. I know the temptation to see what’s going on with them or find out if they’re doing a guest even in your area, but trust me, they pontificate worse than anyone else I’ve ever seen.
Some of the worst offenders I’ve had to delete have been…
Patricia Heaton – She posts a lot of right-leaning and at times, Christian fundamentalist posts that… frankly creases me something terrible.
Stephen King – This guy was more tolerable before he was sober. I hate to say that because he’s extremely talented, I love his stories and… his movie Maximum Overdrive is one of the greatest pieces of 80s cheese to grace the big screen! Unfortunately, the identitarian and hyper partisan stuff he posts just goes beyond my tolerance level.
Tim Allen – I admit I love the tool man, but he’s got one hell of a victimhood narrative going and he let’s it be known pretty much every day that he actually posts. He seems like a nice guy, but… you can’t really do much if your ideological beliefs don’t mesh with your work environment. You’re better suited to fly under the radar.
Mark Hamill – Full disclosure, I love Mark Hamill. If I met him in person, he strikes me as the kind of guy who likes getting big bear hugs from his fans… maybe. However, I’d have a big smile I’d shake his hand and tell him how much his work has impacted my life. Everything from Star Wars to Batman the Animated Series, to several other great works of his.
Sadly… he has one of the WORST cases of Trump derangement syndrome I’ve ever seen. I don’t like using that term because it denotes a political leaning, but with Hamill… literally his Twitter feed is around 99% Anti-Trump rhetoric, much of it fake, much of it simply insanely one-sided, some of it even incoherent. It was so bad that I had to cease following him and I was not happy about it. I don’t care who likes or hates Trump, right or left, but do we need to hear about it every moment of every day?
Thank you for the question. I really hope this helps! Please feel free to leave me a comment below to let me know what you think? Do you use twitter? How much or little? Does what shows up on your wall affect you or do you even care?
Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.
I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.
I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.
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