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Facebook can be a drain on your time…if you let it. Sometimes Facebook seems more like Drama Book and that can drive me crazy…if I let it. Like so many other things in life, Facebook will be what you let it be. I’ve been offline since Friday afternoon around two o’clock when my laptop decided to eat my files and drift into a coma with neither a burp or thank you. I’ve been using my limited tech skills on it without success until I can get to the computer store Monday. It remains to be seen whether anything in it will be salvageable or not. Sigh. Thankfully, the last manuscript had been backed up AND sent to my editor. Can you say HALLELUJAH?! Sadly, however, included in the missing files would be what I had written this past week, the content that I need to tape Monday morning and send to my affiliates for another week’s worth of radio segments. Sigh. With time a-wasting, I’ve just finished reaching into the All Things Southern archives (via my desktop) to snare some words for that taping. Among other things, I found a great old story I told once about a belle named Mama Ruth and her friend, John Henry. That led me to Facebook to look up my friend who originally told me the story, so we could laugh about it…again. That’s the best thing about a good story, you know? It just gets better in the retelling. What I found on John’s Facebook wall was a post about his latest health struggle. I didn’t realize things were so difficult for him right now, but I was encouraged to see that John was responding to it with his customary good humor. I’m glad I found that status update so I can pray for him. Thank you, Facebook. While there, I also discovered that another good friend lost her sister to cancer yesterday afternoon. Charlotte knew the day was coming, we all did, but I didn’t know her baby sis had slipped into Father’s arms yesterday afternoon. No doubt, our mutual friends thought I already knew. I didn’t, but I needed to. Thank you, Facebook. And yet, Facebook had more than bad news waiting for me. Along with some sweet messages from friends and readers, I also found some laughs and inspiration, and in today’s broken world, don’t we all need more of those? Go ahead on, Facebook. I got your back. Hugs, Shellie What do you think about Facebook?
First things first, I need your help! I’m having a hard time getting my Facebook friends to take me seriously and it’s putting their very social media lives on the line. I don’t know what to do about it. I thought I’d mention this to y’all here on the blogosphere and see if y’all have any suggestions. It started when I noticed that many, many, many people were posting status updates that read like this: FACEBOOK JUST RELEASED THEIR PRICE GRID FOR MEMBERSHIP. $9.99 PER MONTH FOR GOLD MEMBER SERVICES, $6.99 PER MONTH FOR SILVER MEMBER SERVICES, $3.99 PER MONTH FOR BRONZE MEMBER SERVICES, FREE IF YOU COPY AND PASTE THIS MESSAGE BEFORE MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. WHEN YOU SIGN ON TOMORROW MORNING YOU WILL BE PROMPTED FOR PAYMENT INFO…IT IS OFFICIAL IT WAS EVEN ON THE NEWS. FACEBOOK WILL START CHARGING DUE TO THE NEW PROFILE CHANGES. IF YOU COPY THIS ON YOUR WALL YOUR ICON WILL TURN BLUE AND FACEBOOK WILL BE FREE FOR YOU. PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE ON IF NOT YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE DELETED IF YOU DO NOT PAY! Shellie again, perhaps y’all have seen that message on your own wall? Well, it prompted me to make my own announcement last night. Here’s my status update: IT’S OFFICIAL. IF YOU DON’T BUY TWELVE COPIES OF SUE ELLEN’S GIRL AIN’T FAT, SHE JUST WEIGHS HEAVY BEFORE MIDNIGHT FACEBOOK WILL REVOKE YOUR ACCOUNT. PLEASE REPOST. (What?!!? I checked it with Snoopy, I mean snoopes…) So, here’s the problem, y’all. I can’t get anyone to take me seriously! Oh, I’ve had about fifty comments and just as many “likes” but it’s as if they don’t see the danger staring them in the face. I can’t bear to see all of ‘em lose their Facebook accounts while they are sitting there giggling. Sigh… If y’all have any suggestions, let me know, k? In other news, I’m looking forward to ATS LIVE this evening. Not only do I have a story for y’all, (of course) and a recipe, and some News You Can Lose, but I’ll have a special guest who is sure to make you smile. Deborah M. Cody, author of Too Blessed to Be Stressed will drop by with her unique wit. Oh, and someone’s going to win big! I have two cool give-a-ways today. First, the latest thriller from Don Brown, Thunder in the Morning Calm. And– wait for it. I also have a copy of Karen Kingsbury’s Forever Faithful The Compete Trilogy! If you’re a Kingsbury fan, today is your day! You’ll have to tune in to find out how to win. ATS LIVE airs out of Monroe, LA on TALK 540 KMBL and streams live in real time on my website. The porch party rocks from 5:00 to 6:00 CST. I’ll see y’all on the radio! Hugs, Shellie Now, what should we do about this impending Facebook crisis, hmmm???