In May of 2010 I created my Author Kimberley A. Johnson Facebook page.
My book The Virgin Diaries had just debuted and I was new to the whole social media thing. I started friending random people. Early on, I was pretty bored with it. I didn't know anyone and had not developed relationships. I almost didn't expect to get to know anyone personally. I really didn't know what I was in for.
I had posted a Youtube with some plant life that looked like human genitalia and was scolded by a woman telling me that she was hiding me from her feed because she ran a "clean Facebook page."
That tickled me endlessly. A tree that looked like boobs was offensive to her. Eventually she defriended me and I wish her well.
I also had the misfortune of meeting a man who disagreed with me politically. He called me a douche bag and the "C" word. I blocked him.
As the year and my page of friends evolved, I have met some really interesting people. People I would have never known otherwise. I do have some personal friends on this page now and it's become a fun mix.
I currently work from home. I sit at the computer a lot. Facebook has become my way to break up the monotony of marketing my book(s). Kind of like my work friends but more than that. I have met people on FB that I really feel connected to. Real friends. One of them explained to me that he felt like it's a bar that's open 24 hours a day. I have never seen it that way. I am not looking to "hook up" or flirt.
Though I have received my fair share of email from teen boys asking me "What does it feel like to have sex?" because they have read my profile and know about my virginity book.
Recently, I have had to say goodbye to Pearl, my beautiful kitty of almost seventeen years. So many people have reached out both on the page and through email and it has meant a lot to me. I have seen others in the past, post about losing their pets and it always makes me feel so sad. All who have pets know the pain associated with losing them and it does make a difference to feel love an support coming from so many. I thank each and every one of you. You have made a very horrible experience more bearable.
Sometimes I wonder if Facebook is like crack. An addiction that feels good in the moment but destructive in the end. Maybe that is the case, maybe not. I am quite dramatic. I can say that I have fun here. I love the colorful characters that have come into my life. I love the humor. I have learned (for the most part) to keep my mouth shut about politics. I have strong beliefs and it once got me in trouble. Some guy called the FBI (yes, the FBI) on me. I laugh now at how ridiculous it all was.
I look forward to engaging and being engaged with all my Facebook wolf pack.
I am so happy to know you guys. Thanks for being cool!!!!!!