Ok, I know a lot of you run Facebook groups, so let me give you a little advice. At one time, I was writing exclusively for an adult website. It was unpaid, but when I left, my work was getting hundreds of thousands of hits each month. It’s one of the reasons why I had such a large reader base and was making really good money as a writer once upon a time when I decided to start self publishing.
Now, you are probably wondering why I left if I was getting so much exposure. The reason? God-mods. The people who ran the site and the forums were all so full themselves & had gotten so drunk on the power they wielded that they ultimately ran off all the good writers that were keeping their millions of visitors happy each month. Now the site is dead, it’s losing money hand-over-fist, and all I can do is laugh about it because all of us who left TOLD THEM it was going to happen, and they refused to listen. It took them nearly ten years to run the site into the ground, but it’s happening, and now it’s just before having to close up shop because there isn’t enough traffic to keep the advertising dollars rolling in.
So, what does this have to do with FB groups? I’m seeing this same behavior taking place more and more often in author “support” groups. I can’t tell you how many groups I’ve joined only to remove myself from them within minutes because it is being ran by power-hungry god-mods who are not letting their members post in the groups. It defeats the whole purpose of having a group if 1. The admins are the only ones allowed to post in it 2. There are so damn many rules people are afraid to post or comment for fear of being banned and blocked and 3. Every effing post that goes up has to be approved and only a select handful of people ever have their posts approved for posting.
Needless to say, if I have joined a group that looks like this, I leave it immediately, I let all my fellow authors know which groups to avoid like the plague, and then we all gang up into the groups that allow us to actually post about writing, writing resources, and our author services.
So, the moral of this story is, if you are a power-hungry god-mod intent upon being a dictator of your own little slice of FB land, guess what is ultimately going to happen to your little group? BYE FELICIA!!