Earlier this week, a reader named Brian expressed concern that my fans might misconstrue a Blog entry I’d written and think that I was telling them to fuck off. While Brian’s concern is valid and appreciated, I responded that I was pretty sure most of you guys understood the type of person who could “fuck off”. To whit: the hangers-on, the users, the peers who contact me only when they need something (like a blurb, introduction, reading slot at Horrorfind, mention here on the site, etc.) Or, to put an even finer point on it, people like Amy Grech.
The following exchange is from just a few moments ago on Twitter:
Amy: @BrianKeene I’d appreciate a follow back.
Me: @amy_grech Sorry. I just follow close personal friends and business associates. Otherwise, my feed would be overfilled and useless.
Amy: @BrianKeene You just lost a follower, then…
Me: @amy_grech How about we just skip to the part where I tell you to go fuck yourself, then?
Amy: @BrianKeene Not cool! Now you just lost a fan!!
Me: Block User
So, please note. My Twitter account is still used for the same three things it has always been used for:
1. To entertain my readers and get information to them promptly.
2. To stay in touch with close, personal friends.
3. To stay in touch with business associates.
If you are not a close personal friend or business associate, and don’t normally speak to me unless you need something, and are following me simply so I’ll follow you back… and you’re going to get pissy about it when I politely decline, then you are, in fact, exactly the sort of fucktart I was referring to earlier in the week. Hope this clears everything up.
Update: I see that, in an apparent effort at damage control, her original Tweet has been deleted, and this was added:
Amy: @MariAdkins I used to hang with him at conventions. Guess I’m not cool enough for him to follow, let alone talk to anymore…
If by “hang with him at conventions” you mean walk up, interrupt conversations and harangue me to read your book, write you a blurb, introduce you to an editor, then yes, I suppose we were close personal friends and talked all the time.