Well, Muskboi did indeed buy the twitters. Some people left ages ago, others are leaving now, others are staying for now.
The are pros and cons and I don’t judge anyone for their choices. I blocked him ages ago (and, indeed, I block pretty liberally) and I only glance briefly at the timeline; usually it’s just my mentions I leave open in a tab.
The fact is, for some of us–me included–Twitter is our watercooler and networking tool all in one. I don’t leave my home or socialize. I exchange a few emails with clients here and there but that’s it. And some of my closest friends, going back more than ten years, I met there. And when you don’t have the money for ads? Honestly, I sell books through Twitter (well, through word of mouth; when someone else quote-tweets with “yes, I love this!”, I actually sell stuff). I have picked up clients through Twitter. There is a community there, and while I’m a nobody, it’s still one I’m apart of.
And there’s still a plague, I still can’t socialize, so although it’s a hellsite, it’s MY hellsite, regardless of who owns it.
That said, if you’re considering leaving and want to keep up with me, here are the places you can find me.
Now, keep in mind that I hate learning new things. I’m too old. So while you might find my name on various social media platforms, usually I’m just squatting so no one else takes it and I’m probably not active.
Next to my site and Twitter, my biggest use of time is over at Patreon. Yes, it’s subscription, but for even a buck a month (less if you get a year in advance) you can not only keep up to date but get free stories.
Okay I don’t actually use this one often.
A couple of times a month I remember to post a preorder link or link to a blog post. But I loathe the new interface for pages and I get easily confused, so I basically don’t use it.
I’ve got two: one for new releases announcements only and one that is quarterly (Jan, Apr, July, Oct). They’ll have preorder and new release info.
Sign up for one or both here.
Honestly, right here, is the way to keep up with things.
My book pages will always be updated and current (which, apparently, is not the case with Amazon now that they’re offering “Top Picks”, wherein sometimes author pages will only feature a couple of books rather than the backlist–fun times!), with links to everything. My Upcoming page will have all set and projected releases.
My blog isn’t updated often, I know, but I’m going to try to be a little better. Maybe a couple of times a week, the updates I’d normally have on Twitter about what I’m reading, watching, doing, etc. I’ve been out of the habit for years because it’s like screaming into the void but, well, so’s Twitter. So on desktop, to the right will be a sidebar with “subscribe”, or on mobile keep scrolling down. Plug your email in and you’ll get blog updates.
I have Instagram; I don’t use it. I am too old for TikTok. I have never used Tumblr. I don’t use GoodReads. I’m on Mastadon even though I still don’t know what an “instance” is. I don’t use BookBub. Following on Amazon can no longer be trusted. So…the above is pretty much what I’ve got right now.
Yeah, so…that’s it? Again, I’m still on Twitter. But if you’re leaving, and you still want to keep up, those are the ways to do so.
But me, for now…I’m not going anywhere.