Facebook Troubles

I don’t believe in ill-wishing anyone or anything, but if I were that sort of person, FB is the one entity I would ill-wish for all the trouble they’ve caused me. Luckily, if the rumor is true, they are doing it to themselves without any help from me. (What I heard is that they are having financial troubles.) I don’t care enough to check on the rumor to see if it’s true, but it makes sense. They have a terrible business sense, embracing those who do harm and all but destroying some who are totally innocuous. Like me.

First they banned my blog. They have labeled it spam, which is totally unfounded as well as totally nuts, and there is absolutely no recourse. Next, they banned any URL stemming from my blog. For a while, I let it go, just stayed away from FB altogether, but several friends I’m connected to only on FB told me how much they miss seeing my blog in their feed. And besides, my absence from FB killed all book sales. (That was the only platform that worked for me to sell books.) So I got around their stupid block by reblogging my blog onto another blog, and then posting that link. It wasn’t a total workaround, because very few people saw it, and of those who saw it, very few people bothered to click on both links (the link to the reblog and then to the original blog). Some people did comment on the photo, so at least that was good.

I have the reblog blog set to post automatically to FB, but now, FB won’t accept the automatic post. I have to reblog, then manually cut and paste the reblog intro onto FB (can’t post the whole thing because of the aforementioned URL is included) along with the reblog URL. Then I have to change profiles from my author page profile to my personal profile so I can share the blank space with the URL to an URL.

If you’re confused by now, I don’t blame you. I know what I’m doing, and it confuses the heck out of me! And that wasn’t the end of it.

The photo that from the original blog post stopped showing up on FB because of that devilish URL of mine. I’d post the photo separately for a while, and so did a friend, but that got to be a pain. So now what shows up on FB is a post with a big blank space where the photo should be.

To add insult to their injury, FB keeps sending me notifications of what other authors are doing on their FB pages, and asking why aren’t I? Sheesh.

So, views to my blog are down, limited now to those who go to my blog directly. And book sales never picked up again, and in fact are non-existent.

So, do I care that FB is having problems? A resounding NO!

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20 Responses to “Facebook Troubles”

  1. annemariedemyen Says:

    Any system that is automated has the potential to be a nightmare in the making.

  2. Joe Says:

    I never “Meta” Facebook I liked, not enough to want to create an account. I’m glad I didn’t. Lately a number of other well-known Internet entities have been revealed to be complete frauds or at least deceptive, like GoFundMe.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      I didn’t know that GoFundMe was deceptive. Interesting. I wouldn’t have done FB but back when I started, it was necessary for writers. Not so much today. And that’s so clever about never Meta Facebook.

  3. Cherryl Says:

    Crikey, sorry to hear the agro FB has caused you. I know different platforms seem to work differently for different bloggers but I never found FB generated much blog traffic. Surprisingly, Pinterest always seemed more effective, and the Twitter writing community seems quite strong for serious writers too 😊👩🏽‍💻

  4. John Monyjok Maluth Says:

    It happened to me from November 2019 to December 2020. But it was fixed in minutes when I connected my e-book store (my website) to Facebook using their plugin, and then I asked for help. I don’t know if that can work for you as well, but I understand how frustrating it is. There’s always a way out of this trouble.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      I don’t know how to get out of this mess. It’s been almost three years. They don’t respond at all, not even to emails and USPS. I’ll look into the plugin idea, though at this point, I’d rather be done with them.

  5. jj7854 Says:

    Every time I think about your original thread being blocked by Facebook it angers me. When recommending your blog site on that platform I’ve been placing a space in it. I notify the one that received it to copy and paste on a browser, then eliminate the space.
    Facebook has added so many advertisers to the point of every three or so post I follow is an ad. I’ve taken the time to block each advertiser, but then more are added. They are like roaches coming out of the woodworks. It came to the point where I noticed several friends post stopped showing up in my thread. I had to go to my friends list and click on each one in order to see what they are up to. After that some of them started appearing in my feed again. I do not like Facebook any longer. But that is where so many of my friends are, so I’ll stick it out for now. Instagram is where several of the public figures I follow have started to post from. They have said it is not as problematic as Facebook. The catch, ‘Meta’ Facebook owns Instagram. So if people leave FB in droves we know ‘Meta’ will just botch up Instagram too with advertisers.
    I do hope the plugin idea works for you. Once assigned a person to contact, maybe you can finally get the blog link issue resolved.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      It would be nice to get the problem resolved, but I’ve more or less given up. I have come to hate their whole philosophy and the way they get to decide what is truth and what isn’t. I had considered going to Instagram, but by the time I got a phone that would work with Instagram, FB bought it.

  6. Judy Galyon Says:

    I wish I could understand why they are doing this to you & not other authors????? Meanness of the world!!! If you find another place to carry your blog, let me know.


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