It isn’t often that I will diverge from the business aspect of business to the personal aspects of my life, but this time I will.  You see, I became a socail media addict, Facebook to be exact.  It escalated when, as a self-employed businesswoman, I found that I had some time on my hands (yes, I know, hard to believe!).  I was promoting my Fundraising Consulting business, reaching out to potential clients, and then, playing Bejeweled Blitz.

As we all know, it really isn’t as simple as that.  My new book is bound to send a few Facebook users to the www.buybooksontheweb.com website, www.amazon.com, to their Kindles and www.barnesandnoble.com Nooks fast, in the very least to buy it to see if they are mentioned in my hysterically funny and sometimes heartbreaking memoir.  My book, The Fantastic, Fabulous, Funny and Factual Follies of a Facebook Friend chronicles my life, and the lives of my Facebook friends, personal and professional, as they navigate through the new worldwide phenomenon of social networking.  Nothing is off limits in this tale of life, loves, laughs, loss and, most of all, friendship.     

 I’ll admit it with a dose of humble pie, that I am fixture in the nonprofit arena and the local cultural scene, but never before have I exposed my personal life the way I did on Facebook.  This autobiographical memoir is humorous and heartwarming, as well as seriously shocking.

 I think you will agree that there’s nothing like reconnecting with long lost childhood chums, high school flames, and college friends.  Facebook has made this possible, and in the process, has opened up a whole can of worms for all of us to deal with.

 The Fantastic, Fabulous, Funny and Factual Follies of a Facebook Friend details my social networking on Facebook over a two-year period.  I quickly learned as I reconnected, promoted my business, and did some things I am not so proud of that the relationships one re-discovers on Facebook can be life-changing, in both positive and negative ways.

 For me, Facebook became an outlet of expression during a point when I was undergoing major changes in my personal and professional life.  I used it for fun, turned to it when I was bored, and used it to satisfy my innate curiosity about others.  It then became a smart business tool as I grew my business from a start-up to a solid business venture.  I made some big mistakes online, like when I snooped on my boyfriend, but I also scored big when I found my best friends from years back.  It really was a journey of sorts, and the book demonstrates that.

You may find yourself among the pages, or someone like you.  Are you a gamer? Do you play Farmville, Bejeweled Blitz, or Farkle? Do you look for love on Facebook?  Do you post when you have had too much merlot? Do you unfriend and hope no one will find out, especially the unfriended? Do you share some of your most intimate thoughts and photos, and then wish you hadn’t? I am interested to know how you use Facebook and the impact it has had on your life.

 You may or may not like the person I am on Facebook, or you may or may not like the way some of my friends use the application, but I think you will identify with my journey of self-discovery while online, and you will laugh out loud at some of the follies my friends and I enjoy!

Darcy H. Lee is a nonprofit fundraising professional, consultant, business coach and MVP Seminars speaker. As a businesswoman she has raised millions of dollars to benefit charities and the communities they serve.  She is an avid golfer, and in her spare time she enjoys going to the beach, travel, spending time with family and friends, and, of course, Facebook. The Fantastic, Fabulous, Funny and Factual Follies of a Facebook Friend is the author’s first book.