Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Amazon... I know many writers are abandoning the thought of creating their own websites, and are depending solely on social media sites.
This article Authors: Where is the Taproot of Your Web Presence? | Creative Content Coaching, makes some great points, including:
"If you publish original short-form fiction directly on your Facebook fan page, stop at once! Use Tumblr or WordPress to publish there first, using canonical tags so that search engines know that your website hosts the original content. Then push those stories automatically to your Facebook page using Facebook’s Import Notes function."
I've got nothing against social media sites. However, sites come and go online. It doesn't matter how popular they are, or how many users they have. Ultimately, you can only count on the Web. AOL was a popular walled garden years ago. Before that, CompuServe. I've no idea what happened to MySpace. I suppose it's still around.
I've been online since the mid-1980s, the days of Bulletin Board Systems.
Change happens. That's inevitable. The Web changes, and walled gardens change.
Stay independent. Create your own website, or blog, on your own domain. You'll know you have control: your words are your own. Keep them.
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How would your life change?
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