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Why I went private on some social media platforms.

Social media seems to be a necessary evil for authors, indie authors especially. Our main goal is to connect with like minded peers and both potential and long time readers. Unfortunately, it's not always roses and cupcakes.

I'm not a social media person, never have been. At the same time, over the past couple of years, I've met some of the most amazing, caring and supportive people. People I never would have crossed paths with had it not been for social media. But, as with most things in life, with the good comes the ugly.

My mental health, including but not limited to, my anxiety, depression and self-esteem hadn't yet hit it's lowest point until I joined social media, especially Twitter.

Don't get me wrong, it's an amazing platform and I've met some of my absolute favorite people there. However, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't create the perfect bubble where I could still engage while dodging my triggers. There's no one person, situation or topic. It's all of the above.

I do realize that by going private, I've taken away the ability of others to retweet me. I also realize it may turn away some potential readers. But at the end of the day, while I want nothing more than to share my words with others, my mental health has to come first.

Maybe this is permanent, maybe it's not. I just know it's what I need right now. Both my Twitter and Instagram are set to private. I don't like the feeling of living in a "fish bowl". My Tiktok and Author Facebook Page are both still public.

2022 will also include A LOT more focus on my website and this blog. I hope you stick with me.

Until next time, happy reading.

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