Dear Friends and Readers,

April 26th was my one year anniversary with WordPress. If you’ve been following along, or even if you just pop in from time to time, you may have noticed a few changes. Well, quite a few changes. Sporadically. I’ll get into the blogging and writing bits in a minute, but first I want to address the big change: I quit Facebook.For the past year, I’ve been dividing my time between my family, my hobbies, my writing, and social media networks- and not just the three biggies, either. I’m talking about all the social media networks. While learning never really ends, especially writers who learn (research) as a part of their occupation, this past year has been all about learning and connecting. Specifically, learning how to connect.

As I’ve moved through one platform after another I’ve learned how to find like minded individuals through each and how to interact with them. As a writer, you would think my first concern would be how to use them for effective marketing, and while that is a priority, it’s not my first. The whole point of social media is to socialize, and therein is the problem. Too many platforms have become difficult to manage, on top of everything else. I’ve gone from being a writer who socializes occasionally to a socializer who writes occasionally.

Now, I’m definitely not going to stop socializing, I’d miss you crazy folks waaay too much to stop stalking you. But I realized recently that the few people I actually interacted with on Facebook, I interact with more on Twitter. My decision to quit Facebook was not to cut out friends and chats, but to confine myself to one less medium. For me, it was a choice between Twitter and Facebook, and I simply can not do without my Tweeps. On top of that, Facebook is pretty much screwing over authors who try to utilize their free pages, so…yeah. Anyway, if you’ve noticed I’m missing from your Friends list, be assured it’s not you, it’s me.

Now, for the other changes… I went on a blog creating spree recently, and have come around to three favorites that I’ll be hanging onto, including this one. Well, three WordPress blogs. I’m also on Tumblr and Blogger, but we’ll leave that be for now. Well, three WordPress blogs involving writing. There’s also the photography blog , and a couple of private ones, but that’s beside the point.

I’ve dipped my toes into the world of independent publishing as well. To make things easier for those who follow me for a specific reason, I’ll make a list. I don’t know how many of you have come to this blog looking for fiction and found fact, or vice versa, but I’m getting ready to tidy things up a bit around here. If you’re interested in book reviews, I’ll keep those elsewhere. Looking for my PG fiction? I’ve got a blog for that, too. I’ll be keeping the featured flash here, as well as a few other things, but I’m trying to uncomplicate Write This Way, for all of us.

Without further ado- because good grief look at all that rambling up there- the list:

Write This Way: My personal blog.

The Coffee Shoppe: A book store blog.

Big Tales for Little Ones: A children’s stories blog.

And of course there is my Wix website where you can find all things Jess.As for the independent publishing, I finally got around to finishing my Smashwords Author Profile. Once I’ve published my first book to Amazon, I’ll update all the sites with the Amazon Author Profile as well.

It’s been a helluva year, and I mean that in the best possible way. I look forward to new adventures in the coming year- in writing, in publishing, and in keeping up with you.

May you never run out of coffee,And your muse stay by your side.

Don’t forget to put your pants back on,

And always enjoy the ride!

– Jess

P.S. I spent all day Sunday learning how to format an ebook and publish via the Smashwords Style Guide. I feel incredibly intelligent and brain frozen, simultaneously. I apologize if I seem more like the mad hatter than myself. If you got all the way to the end of this post, thanks for sticking it out with me. πŸ™‚ Oh, and as for my independent publishing endeavor…

The Thief, the Crown, and the Pegasus is available for free at Smashwords. It’s a fantasy short story that’s geared more towards children and also available on the children’s stories blog.



Published in Random Rambling


Jessica West (West1Jess) is pursuing a state of self-induced psychosis (reading, writing, editing). She lives in Acadiana with three daughters still young enough to think she’s cool and a husband who knows better but likes her anyway.

0 Comments for "It's Not You, It's Me: Why I Quit FB, and WTH is Going on Here"

  • JP McLean

    Good for you for making some changes. I’ve been on the same road; making adjustments to keep the fun in socializing and still find the quality time I need to write. Otherwise, what’s the point?

    • Jess West

      Couldn’t agree more, JP. Time to re-prioritize, do some spring cleaning.

  • M. J. Kelley

    Congrats on the new blogs and your first step into self-publishing. It’s a step I’d like to take, too, soon.

    • Jess West

      Thanks, MJ. It’s a whole new world, and I’m loving it.

  • Amira K.

    Wow! You’ve been busy! I honestly had no idea you had so many blogs – I’m looking forward to reading them all πŸ™‚

    • Jess West

      Busy/Crazy… same thing. πŸ˜‰

      I haven’t been pushing them much, just focused on the behind the scenes work. There’s just so many things I want to do! This poor blog is getting cluttered.

      I’ve been saying I want to have a bookstore/coffee shop one day, so I figured I’d do something like that now but with a blog. And I needed a place to put my Children’s stories so that they (or their parents) aren’t reading those alongside Erotica.

      I tried to pick a genre, and I do lean toward Fantasy and Sci-Fi, but I can’t choose just one or two. Aside from the Children’s stories, I think my “flavor” is fantasy/sci-fi with a pinch of romance/erotica and a dash of literary fiction. Hell of a blend, but I’m gonna do my damndest to wrangle these bad boys into submission.

      Just need to get all my shit sorted. That’s what I’ve been working on recently, thus all the blogs. πŸ™‚

  • Harliqueen

    Here’s to another great year of blogging and success! πŸ™‚

  • Karen

    Standing ovations, Jess! :star:
    May we never run out of coffee…
    May our muses stay by our side…


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