If you've been on twitter this week you may have heard of the Goodreads YA Bingo Card. If not, see below.
This card was created by YA author Amy Spalding. Whether you agree with the card, think it's funny, or disrespectful, it made a lot of noise. Bloggers are upset, Goodread's negative reviews on Spalding's books are being flagged and deleted--I personally know a sweet blogger this happened to--and the whole thing has spiraled.
The point of this post is not to get into the weeds, but to point out one simple truth: use social media to connect with your readers.
Yes, we all vent and post silly pictures of animals and re-tweet Pinterest recipes, but as an author we should be using social media to widen our audience. Creating an image, whether in jest, that may hurt certain fans/readers is not the right call.
Whenever I'm on social media, I pay attention to what I post and where I post. Make one inappropriate comment and it could be stuck on the web forever.
Be smart folks. Also, remember, there are a lot of young ones online, some of them are bloggers. Set the right example and leave out the drama.
What are your thoughts? Do you think authors are held to a higher standard on social media?