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Ever wondered who's waving her wand on these posts?
By M. Alouette
It's one thing to start a Facebook page. It's another thing to garner more than 80,000 likes on said page—especially if it's just you, not a business or organization, running and representing that page, and you're not posting about celebrity gossip. But Nikki, a mother of three living in the Pittsburgh Metro area, practically wrote the words to that incantation. Her Facebook page, Fairies, Myths, and Magic, "explores art, crafts, stories and more for those who yearn for a fantasy world." So she scours the Internet for the best in fantasy news, creations, and thought and shares her findings with the community she's built. Enchanting, no?
We asked Nikki to tell us a little bit more about her wizardly Facebook ways. Here's what she told us over Facebook chat (of course):
"I have loved fantasy all of my life. My father was a huge influence, and was constantly showing me a new sci-fi movie or talking about a book he just read.
I started this page as an outlet and a place to escape from my every day life. I have struggled most of my life with chronic depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, and fantasy helps me forget my troubles for a short while. I try very hard to keep the page positive and uplifting, and I think that is part of the reason that the page has grown in popularity. A lot of people tell me that they enjoy looking through the pictures I post with their children, so it's a safe page to enjoy with your family. I even share it with my own kiddos.
As for advice [in running your own Facebook fan page], I would say to create a page about something you have a passion for—not just a liking. Pages can take a long time to grow, so be patient and share often with other pages that you love and are relevant to your page.
My favorite fairy tale is not really a fairy tale but a poem written by Tennyson titled 'The Lady of Shalott.' I have always felt a deep connection to her, and to the paintings done of her. John William Waterhouse has an amazing painting of her; I actually have [a reproduction] hanging in my living room."
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