Scrooges and Friends

Thanks to all for the holiday wishes. I hope you had a merry time. Me, I'll be spending the next several days trying to cycle off the seasonal yummies that glommed to my hips. *g*

Yesterday, it was back to work full speed. I emceed a ten hour sweepstakes at Trump Taj Mahal. My day started with an angry patron screaming, yes, screaming at me and jabbing her finger in my face. Apparently it was my fault that she couldn't hear the annoucements. My responsibility to 'turn up the house speakers'. My fault that this is an on-going problem at Taj. For the record, my voice was booming and as for adjusting the sound level that's up to the sound technicians. There was no reasoning with this bitter, crazy woman so I just had to ignore her until she stalked away. The day was peppered with several Scrooges who groused at me. "The winners are fictitious." "This sweepstakes is rigged." And so on. The casino was filled with bitter, miserable people. The negative atmosphere reminded me of why I eventually tired of working fulltime in the casinos. Let me tell you, I am so looking forward to working at the library today. Bring on the positive vibes!

In other news, last year my two young friends Stacie and Taylor advised me to join MySpace where, they said, I could connect with tons of new readers and people who share my interests. I looked into it and felt it wasn't for me. Frankly, I was turned off by the very personal questions in the profile section and also the site had a 'singles dating' vibe. It just wasn't my cup of tea.

Since then throughout the year, I've read about more and more actors, musicians and writers creating pages at MySpace for marketing and networking purposes. Authors JA Konrath and Alison Kent have blogged about the promotional advantages more than once. Last week my good friend Mary Stella took the MySpace plunge and explained to me why I should join her in those waters. On Christmas Eve I caved. As for the profile questions, if I thought it was an inappropriate question, I marked 'no answer'. Then I sent a note asking Mary to be 'My Friend' as I had none listed and she got me into this. LOL The whole thing snowballed and as of today I have twenty-some friends. So far, I know all of them except for a couple, but those two are writers so that's very cool.

I quickly began to see how MySpace works regarding 'networking' and now I'm actually sort of excited to be there. There's a blog feature, but this is my home blog, my official blog, if you will, and where you'll still find me almost daily. I wanted to use the MySpace blog in a different way and I think I came up with a fun idea. More on that tomorrow. In the meantime, hop over and check out my space at MySpace. If you're a member, please connect and be 'My Friend'. No Scrooges allowed. *g* Oh, and Stacie and Taylor.... You were right.


Anonymous said…
I still stay away from MySpace since it's so totally uncontrolled. At Blogger you can at least flag offending blogs, but in MySpace there's pervs running around looking for teenage girls and no one cares. My nephew's school blocked the site.
Tori Lennox said…
I have enough trouble keeping up my with my blog. The thought of adding MySpace just makes me want to scream. *g*

And a big "Bah Humbug!" to those cranky people at the casino.
Beth Ciotta said…
Gabriele, I'm still learning the ins and outs of MySpace,but I'm pretty sure I saw a function that will allow me to delete or flag. I'll double check. I have heard 'perv' stories as well and for that reason was very picky about what info I shared. As for kids, so many things about today's world scare me where a child's saftey is concerned. The Internet is just one of them and my hope would be that all parents monitor they're kids activities on line. If I had children, I know I would.
Beth Ciotta said…
Tori... You didn't hear me screaming? Didn't feel my kicking? LOL The most time consuming part was getting myself up and running. I have a specific plan for MySpace that won't involve me posting daily. Not even weekly. More on that tomorrow. :)
Scott Oden said…
I just don't like the physical look of most Myspace pages: too cluttered, too busy, too terminally hip for my old fogey bones. Add to that the fact I've never seen the need for multiple blogs -- if someone wants to find me, Google will lead them straight to my blog and my website; having more than one of either just seems like overkill to me (nor am I fond of the Amazon 'plog' for that same reason). Granted, I'm no self-promotional guru, so take all this with a grain of salt.

My agent asked if I planned to develop a Second World persona. I had to ask what the heck Second World was (a virtual community), which probably means "no, no persona for Scott".
Beth Ciotta said…
Scott, I don't feel the need for a second blog either. I knew right away that I did not want to 'blog' in two places. Sometimes I barely know what to say here. This is my 'hang', the place where I ramble about 'whatever' and very much enjoy reading other's responses and two cents on 'whatever'. I try not to indulge in too much blatent self-promotion here. I'm looking at MySpace as a running ad of sorts. More of a business networking situation. I won't use the blog feature for conventional 'blogging'. More on that tomorrow.

Regarding design, I took care to find a design that I thought represented me and my writing, and most importantly, one that was easy to read. Skimming a few pubbed author's sites at MySpace, I noted they went for a 'clean' as opposed to chaotic look as well.

Bottom line, this is just another way of getting my name and work out there. I need all the help I can get. ;)

Regarding a second world persona, Scott, given your interest in 'games', I'm thinking you'd actually be really good at that!
Anonymous said…
Hehe, Skotmog the Fearsome, leader of the Uruk Hai. :)
Taylor said…
I wish I could say I still had it, but I don't! I'm sorry Beth! To be honest, it was aggravating. But for celebs such as yourself, it really is good for promotion! Glad to see you in the network!

P.S.- If I still had it, I would make sure I was your friend!

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