February 23, 2017

I’m breaking up with Facebook and we will NOT be getting back together

Facebook deleted my page today.

My author page.

The one I spent YEARS building up.

The one that was nearing 14,000 followers.

All. Gone.

Every last one of them. And I have no way to tell those people my page is gone. It’s just vanished. When they search it no longer shows up, and I worry they might think I decided to walk away from publishing. I didn’t. I’m still here. I’ll be here, on instagram, twitter, snapchat (@micaleasmeltzer), and my mailing list) There’s also still my friend page on Facebook–I’m trying to figure out how I add the feature for you to follow me there, but you can send me a friend request–I get A LOT and they keep disappearing for some reason so if you really want to be friends with me and I don’t accept right away, send it again please.

I could make a new page, but frankly I don’t want to.

My facebook page, while having nearly 14,000 followers, reaches on average 200 people. If a post does well I might get 1,300 views. Unless I pay to boost a post.

So I’ve decided to “break up” with facebook…though, I guess technically they broke up with me. Though, this is something I’ve been thinking about doing for a couple months now. I was planning to stop using it, but make an announcement on that page that I’d no longer be posting and where to find me. Now, I have no way to do that. I’m not going to cry over it, though. Facebook isn’t worth that to me. If you like me and my books, I know you’ll find me eventually through some sort of social media.

I love you all–and now I’m off, I have a book to write. 😉 #XanderandThea

P.S. I was running a giveaway for a gift card when my page got shut down (this could be the reason they closed it, but they honestly didn’t give a clear answer and what they did say makes me think the giveaway wasn’t the reason) anyway, if you entered that giveaway, I’m sorry, there’s no way for me to pick a winner. Thank you SOOOO much to everyone who shared, truly it meant so much. I’m going to find some way to give that gift card away, but it obviously won’t be on my page. So make sure you’re following me so you don’t miss it!

 

****Edited to add

For all of you asking WHY my page got shut down, Facebook’s explanation was the content. It makes 0 sense because my page is as clean as they come. As many of you know, I do have Young Adult books with readers as young as 9 and 10 so I’m always careful to remain professional and not post anything super steamy or bad. Some of you have asked if I was reported–none of my contact with Facebook has mentioned me being reported. Instead everything sounds like it was some standard check they’re doing and I didn’t pass. So that’s scary for all of you out there. My advice is, if you’re a page owner, get a backup that no one can take from you. Like a blog. Anything else can be revoked at any time.

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Micalea SmeltzerHi. I’m Micalea. Ma-call-e-uh. Weird name, I know. My mom must’ve known I was going to be odd even in the womb. I’ve written a lot of books. Like a lot. Don’t ask me how many, I don’t remember at this point.

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