Intimidating Factors

Listening to the soothing sound of soft rain on the freshly leaved trees outside my writing room window. Drinking a cup of tea and congratulating myself for finally posting on the Kindle author forums. Forums intimidate me with all their choices and possibilities, but there was an “introduce yourself” section, so I took the plunge. They ask you to include a link to your book, so I did that too. It wasn’t difficult, and I wonder why I’ve been avoiding immersing myself for so long.

I’ve had a Twitter account for several years, too. I hardly tweet. I lurk. And I’m still not comfortable in that format. Last night, skulking through the Idol tweets, I saw a lot of mean messages. Nothing between tweeters but mean about the Idol they hate. I didn’t post even though I had a lot to say about Lady Gaga and Scotty’s awkward verging on disrespect meeting. Gaga was her usual absolutely honest self. Scotty kissed his cross to wipe the Gaga experience away. Then Gaga apologized and said “I’m sorry if he took offense at anything I said.” Her graciousness was touching.  Later Scotty and Ryan and even Randy tried to gloss over what had happened but they didn’t convince me. I don’t think Scotty is ready to be a professional musician if he can’t respect someone of Gaga’s stature.

Okay, that was way too long for a tweet. But I could have got it down to the right number if I cut it. Why didn’t I go ahead and post? Because I’m intimidated by the mean people. I fear they will say something mean to me. Also, because I really haven’t worked out the whole hash tag thing. I need to buy Twitter for Dummies and I also need to keep going back to the Kindle forums.

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