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The answer to why I ask you to sign up and read my newsletter comes down to one word: Facebook.

newsletter signupI enjoy interacting with a number of you on Facebook. But it is not reliable. At all.

A reader’s recent request for links to find the books of The Wedding Series reminded me of that.

Facebook decided that three of the links were “unsafe.” These links have been used before on Facebook, my website, in my newsletter, on Twitter, and on Pinterest. They go where they say they’re going. They’re not spam. They’re not “unsafe.”

With an excess of optimism, I tried a second time to post the links. Facebook blocked my comment AND deleted the reader’s comment. Because I don’t give up easily, I tried again. And again. And again. I filled out where Facebook said “tell us if you think this is an error.” Again. And again. And again.

Nothing. Facebook continued to blog links to oh-so-dangerous spots of iBooks, Kobo, and GooglePlay.

This was just the most recent instance of Facebook being arbitrary and irrational. In the past, it’s blocked Amazon links. It blocks posts because it says there’s too much text in the photo … when there’s none. And on and on. I’ve filled out those “tell us if you think this is an error” boxes more times than I can count. I have yet to receive a response or a remedy.

At the same time, Facebook is disseminating posts to fewer and fewer of you folks who have liked my page. Oh – unless I pay Facebook. (Does that sound the teensiest bit like extortion to you? Yup, me, too.)

I’m going to continue to be on Facebook for fun. At least until a savvy entrepreneur fills the gaping holes left by Facebook by offering a responsive, reliable, and customer-centric service – then I’ll move to the new service with alacrity.

In the meantime, if you want to know about special offers, about new releases, about other news items, get my newsletter. That’s where you will hear the news first and reliably. (PLUS, we’re adding some fun new features to the newsletter this year – more on that in a later blog.)

You can also check my website home page and here, of course. Just don’t count on hearing it on Facebook!

Oh, yes, and here are those oh-so-dangerous links for The Wedding Series boxed set (click on the name or cut and paste the url):