We authors are warned to keep politics and other contentious issues from our social media postings, lest we lose readers who disagree with our stance on political and social issues.
But I just can’t.
Does it matter? At this point, I’m on my way to publication, but under a pen name. Other works will be published under my own name. So far, all my work destined for publication is light-hearted genre fiction, the kind of stories people read for fun, for relief of the steady drumbeat of bad news rattling our skulls.
I haven’t yet set up my author webpage—that’s the biggest item on my spring to-do list. I won’t use that site to promote a political viewpoint. And I have no illusions that I’ll become a mover-and-shaker on the political scene.
But my personal postings will continue to reflect my status as a Left Coast Lefty McLeft-face, outraged by gun violence, by bigotry, by disregard for the environment, and the many other crimes against humanity spreading like rotten goo across our once-great nation. And I’ll continue to raise my voice, to do my tiny part to scrape away the goo, like a volunteer washing oil-spill residue from sea birds. (Forgive me, Anne LaMott.)
Someday, a reader might notice and object. Oh well. I’d rather lose readers than integrity.
How about you? Do you conceal your personal beliefs from readers? Trumpet your beliefs for all to hear? Or something in between?