Monday, March 4, 2013

Did I Make a Wrong Decision?

by Kate Collins

 I posted a piece on Facebook recently about  columnist Charley Reese, who wrote a column way back in 2000. The article is now going around as his final column, but It's actually not according to Snopes. Regardless of when it was written or whether it's been amended since then, it has some good points.


I reposted it because it not only educated me -- and hopefully others -- but it was also apolitical. It had NO PARTY AFFILIATIONS that I could detect. I am very careful to post things that i consider apolitical because I don't like to offend people. I also don't like to take sides because i think both sides are at fault, which is pointed out in Charley's article.
Apparently, some readers, one in particular, think that I erred, that I was being political and should use Facebook only to promote my books. To me, that would be boring. I like to share with readers things that are going on in my life and in life in general. As I said, I try very hard to be apolitical but maybe I'm wrong. Maybe readers don't want to see anything but promotional posts and fluff.

Here are a few things from that article that I loved. You decide if I took sides by posting this. One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power.

Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

See what I mean? It's more of a pep talk, not propaganda for one party or the other. What do you think? Should all of us authors only promote our books and post cartoons or do you like to hear our opinions once in a while --as long as we don't cross the line into poor taste?

18 comments:

Aurian said...

I do like reading about your daily life, and opinions and what you see and think. But it is political of course, even though there are no names or parties mentioned. It is about politics, and what a lousy job they do. So if some people don't like that, remember, you cannot please everyone. Not even with your books. And you are an author, but also a normal person.

Denise Z. said...

I think you can post what you want when you want and if people don't like it, they can scroll on by. If you lose a reader, so what, there are 10 more who will agree with you and the complainer was probably looking for a guilt-free quite anyway. I enjoy interacting with "my" authors and seeing what's going on in their lives. If it's something I'm not interested in/don't agree, see above reference to scrolling on by.

Debra said...

The column takes the position that government is the problem.
"Just 545 Americans have fouled up this great nation"
I don't think our nation is fouled up. But for federal government intervention, I would not have been able to be admitted to an Ivy League School. Before government intervention I was denied admission to restaurants and swimming pools in Richmond VA. Do you think segregation would have gone away on it's own without govt intervention in the form of the Voting Rights Act or Title IX? Politicians in several states tried to limit the participation of democratic and minority voters in our last election. They were caught on video saying so.
I think you generalize from a privileged perspective and don't realize it.
Yes I am offended by the column. And I read the whole thing.

Ramona said...

I like to read people's opinions on Facebook, which is intended for socializing after all. If I disagree with an author's stance on a particular issue, does that mean I will never buy his/her work? Certainly not. I like to this my mind is open enough to know I'll miss out on good work if I only read books by authors who agree with me all the time, on every thing.

However, if a person is obnoxious in the way they serve up any opinion, different story. Part of being obnoxious is, to me, filling my wall with promo about your book without my permission, or never engaging me in any conversation other than about you and your book. That's more offensive than a dissenting political opinion.

Jeannie D. said...

I like to know what the author's I read think about world issues. They are people too and have opinions. There is always that one person out there that disagrees just to be controversial or put a ripple under the boat. I am a book dealer online and some people you cannot please, even if you gave them a golden book. The point is you cannot please everyone. Like another poster said, if the don't like it they can scroll on down. But for me I like to hear other people's opinions.

Amy W. said...

I think your smart about what you post and for that reason, I wouldn't worry about it. The people in congress, once sworn in, forget who they are fighting for, and those are the people who put them in office in the first place. So keep 'em coming... myself as a reader enjoy what you have to say in and out of your books. :)

Kate Collins said...

Thank you! I stand on the principle of the Golden Rule. Do Unto Others..... and when I post any comment about Government, it's because I would like them to follow it, too. I appreciate the feedback. Keep the comment coming. All of us at Cozy Chick blog would like to know how our readers feel.

DogsMom said...

It makes you more human and real, even approachable in a way, if we see you have opinions or household troubles, like the rest of us. We usually think writers use life experience in their works. Why should we not expect you to have a life and opinions?

And you'll never offend everyone at the same time.

Dave C said...

I think it's perfectly legitimate for authors to post whatever they please. Like you, I avoid overtly political postings, but even those are fine if you feel strongly about the subject. (As long as you are prepared for the subsequent flame war!) If I don't like a post, I ignore it and I don't get offended (although I sometimes *do* get annoyed).

I think Facebook is an excellent opportunity for authors to let people get to know them and gain (perhaps) insight into the writing process. Promoting the books they have written is certainly a good use, too, but I like to get to know them as people.

Sally Ross Moore said...

People who read your page do so because you have either sent or received a "friend" request. That being said, I disagree with my friends on many topics. It doesn't mean I am going to "unfriend" them (the stupidest word ever) it simply means we disagree. I would be more offended if authors only used FB as a free way of advertising their books. The last thing I would want is to open my page and see that all my friends (hairstylists, plumbers, and dance teachers..) are hocking their wares via FB. I enjoy getting to know people I would have never met if not for FB. Ellery Adams sent me a link to a ridiculous product called Happy Balls, which I purchased and love. FB is a social site, it's letting all of us share a bit of ourselves with others, and that includes our opinions. I might just friend request you now ;)

Candace Davidson said...

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, if someone doesn't like something they don't have to read it. Kate you have the right to say what you like. I enjoy reading your fb and other blogs!

Elaine Klingbeil said...

I also like to get to know the authors. It helps me feel more connected to the books I read. However, there was one author in particular who was so obnoxious with her political opinions, that I did have to quit following her. There are two (or more) sides to every election and her opinion was the only one that really mattered and she was mean about it. But I don't believe anyone here on Cozy Chicks would ever be that mean and obnoxious. Thanks for the conversation!

JMoney said...

I enjoy reading an active facebook wall that is more than promos and fluff from my favorite authors. There is another author which comes to mind who posts random pictures of the places she visits while on the road, inspirational stories that she comes across, funny bits of news, and random bits of history. Essentially all of these post inspired her, informed her, made her go "hmmm.." If anyone wants only promotional materials they can bookmark the Author Website with the calendar of events and upcoming book titles. Keep posting the things that inspire you and don't sweat it.

Rachelle21 said...

I have an opinion that maybe Congress would vote on a budget if it hurt their "pockets" first. If they would not receive any pay until they agreed would they be more willing to agree with the other party? If others have days without pay because of Congress - shouldn't they?

ANNETTE said...

I think you were fine Kate. And the idea that Rachelle has is wonderful. If everything that was passed and signed into law applied to them, I believe they would be much more likely to remember the voters, and have less memory devoted to lobbyists.

Linda Mc said...

I like reading about your books and your lives. I like reading about who you are and getting to know my favorite authors, such as you the rest of the chicks, better. So, yes, please post things other than just promoting your books. Of course I love hearing about your books too, but I don't think authors need to only post "book" info on facebook. Post away Kate!

Kate Collins said...

Thanks, everyone. I like reading other peoples' posts, too, and don't want all fluff all the time. It's so nice to hear that you think we Cozy Chicks aren't ever mean or obnoxious. Believe me, I know these women well. They are all good, solid women who are funny and bright. We get along like sisters. It's great being a part of this group.

lavendersbluegreen said...

Kate, I think facebook is meant as a social platform where we can be... social. Part of that is sharing our opinions, likes, interesting articles, petitions, causes, pictures of cool places or things, good thoughts, inspirations and etc. If I like your fan page then it is because I want to know and see more of an author who's books I read and enjoy and want to know more. If I friend you as a person, (and by the way - I just sent you a friend request) it is because you are more than just an author I enjoy reading. I know you are a person too and want to know your thoughts on everything... if those same people who criticized you on your FB content were to be criticized for posting anything with content, how would they feel?