I have been feeling a bit guilty about something, and I'm here to confess my sins.
I don't want to be your fan.
Yes, it's true. I like you or I think I like you. Actually, I don't know you at all. We've never met in person. We met online, through Facebook, and that's when I learned we had 268 mutual friends. So I figured, How can 268 people be wrong? I added you as my friend, and things have been going nicely. I've learned about your writing and your husband's penchant for pot pie. I clicked though your daughter's high school graduation photos and before I disabled the sea garden program, we traded little fishies. You didn't mind my occasional book shout outs, and I didn't mind yours.
But then you asked me to become a fan.
Maybe it's the word. I hate that word, thinking of the fawning inside the meaning. I think of the 60's and the girls passing out over the Beatles. I think of slaves working the large feathered fan over the reclining prince, king, queen. I think of the annoying fan in my door on hot nights. I think of all the announcements I would get if I joined every fan page.
So I say no. No, that's wrong. I "ignore" you and your page.
Maybe I'm behind the times in terms of marketing, but I don't want a page for my fans. I'm hopeful that there are people who like my work, but I don't want a fan page. It's also an embarrassing thing, I think, because we create them ourselves.
"Hey," we say. "I'm a tad desperate here, just like all my other fellow writers. We are trying to grab hold of something that we are all trying to hold. Come be my fan."
The slave pulls the fan; the blades oscillate in front of my door; the Beatles play on; girls faint everywhere.
So instead of thinking and then writing all of this to you, I ignore you and move on. But sometimes, you ask me again. And again. I keep ignoring.
I'm sorry I'm not your fan. But I am your friend. Please post your photos. Please post recipes. Just don't ask me to trade fishies or be your fan.
Causes Jessica Inclán Supports
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