Guest Post: Why I love social media by TB Markinson

Social media filters, silos, bubbles, or whatnot have been in the news quite a bit. But I’m not here today to discuss the negative aspects of social media.

Just the opposite.

A couple of weeks ago, I visited Anne Hagan’s website and saw an interview with Niamh Murphy. Curious, I read it, and that was how I discovered Niamh had written a lesbian pirate romance novel.

What????

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved pirates! I used to bury treasure, draw a map, and then dig up what I’d buried, and at the time, it was so cool.

Setting aside my childhood memories, which make me laugh at myself, the Anne-Niamh connection is one of the reasons I love social media. If I hadn’t checked in on Anne’s site, I wouldn’t have found out about Escape to Pirate Island. (Psst… it’s my current read, and I’m loving it!)

I don’t spend countless hours on social media, and truth be told, I’m not very adept with hashtags, tagging people, gifs, and all the other neat things I see people do. I’m impressed when I can add an emoji.

That’s not the point, though. The purpose of social media is to be social. Oddly, its presence in today’s world is making people less friendly, or so it seems. There have always been haters. Anonymity, though, brings out the worst in some. Reading headlines about the impact of certain social media makes me ill sometimes. And I’m actually working on a novel about cyberbullying.

Yet, I don’t want to give up on social media. Via my first blog, 50 Year Project, I’ve made friends all over the world. I have an author’s website that’s recently launched. And I set up a site dedicated to lesbian fiction called I Heart Lesfic.

I may not be a whiz with social media, but what do you say? Would you like to connect? And if you’re curious about my lesbian romance novels, give A Woman Lost a go.

You can receive a FREE digital copy by visiting this page. You’ll even get material that isn’t available for publication.

About TB Markinson:

TB Markinson is an American living in England. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs, or reading. Not necessarily in that order.

Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. For a full listing of TB’s novels, please visit her Amazon page.

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12 thoughts on “Guest Post: Why I love social media by TB Markinson

  1. It’s amazing the way something like the internet can bring people together over shared interests! For many years, I felt like I was writing in a bubble, even with constant ‘net access, so I’m glad to have finally started to edge my way into the lesfic community. It’s a pleasure to read posts like this and know that there’s always a chance to make more friends and help each other up. Thanks for the uplifting post today!

    1. Hi Adan, I know what you mean! I have often felt in a bubble of both shyness and intermittent internet! It’s good to start to break out of that and realise that there are people out there just like me!
      I love your website; your ‘genre-stomping’ writing sounds EXACTLY like the stuff I love! Anytime you want to chat about your work, either through email or even as a guest post, I would love to hear from you!
      Best,
      Niamh x

    2. Hi Adan,

      It’s wonderful to see you here. And, I understand the feeling of “writing in a bubble.” It can be quite lonely. Lately, I’ve made so many wonderful friends in the lesfic world it’s given me a surge of encouragement.

      I’m glad I was able to introduce you to Niamh. It’s like the six degrees of Anne.

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