To preemptively expel any backlash, I feel compelled to state this up front:
I created a Facebook page for Rebecca, etc. because I read a book. It’s called Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. It’s by a gentleman named Michael Hyatt, who is an expert on what it takes to become a successful writer or, well, successful anything. The book is an invaluable resource for someone like me who has a vision to be heard.
In my case I already have one book almost ready for publication and several others in the works. These days, as Michael Hyatt points out, simply writing well isn’t enough. To be successful, writers are required to have a platform of people who are interested in what they’re saying before they’ll get published. (Same for musicians, artists, inventors, and just about every other creative vocation imaginable.)
Thus, I’ve woken up my hibernating blog with a fresh new design. I’ve tweaked my Twitter theme to match. I’ve rewritten my About page, added Credits, posted a Comments policy, and basically refreshed, renewed, and recreated just about everything. And I still have a long way to go.
Personally I think my writing and my identity go hand-in-hand, but I know many people don’t view me that way. Not everyone on my Facebook friends list will want to see a couple new R, etc. blogs show up in their feed each week. Ideally it would be great if all 800+ people were interested in my writing and salivating with anticipation over upcoming books, but I know that’s not realistic.
I am also aware that not everyone who likes, enjoys, or is encouraged by my writing will want to be my Facebook friend. They’d rather Like the page and go on about their days.
The new Facebook page (at facebook.com/rebeccaetcpage) will provide readers with new blog info, updates on current book-length writings in progress, info on current Bible studies and devotional groups, and any other information I find insightful and/or related to my main blogging focus.
Lest someone say it first, creating an official Facebook page for my writing isn’t about pride or an ego boost (and will likely end up deflating my ego in the long run). I don’t think I’m better, wiser, or whatever-other-superlative-er than others. But I do agree with Colossians 3:16, which encourages us to “Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.” I’m not so good on that singing psalms and hymns part, but I know God wants me to share the lessons he’s teaching me and the wisdom he grants me through the many mistakes I make on a daily basis.
All that said, I’d love it if you wanted to Like my new Facebook page and keep up with what I’m working on. I’m excited to share not only my blogs but also some of the more in-depth projects with which I’m currently involved. If you do Like it, please leave a note saying Hi or sharing some insight God’s shown you lately. And of course, feel free to invite your friends and family who might be interested in sharing as well.