Twitter 2.0

I wanted this to go out this morning, but didn’t get it done last night, and I just feel like publishing something. The Great 2014-15 Facebook Campaign has been a success. My timeline engagement is up enough to satisfy me for now, and I’m Facebook friends with almost 100 bloggers I was not friends with before I started it.

It’s cost me a lot of time to get it where it is, and it’s been time well-spent, but I can’t keep putting that kind of time into Facebook. From here on out, I’m happy with the progress, doing a couple of public shares on my timeline per day, and re-prioritizing my blog threads and Twitter accounts.

I am spending the bulk of my Internet time this evening setting up an eight-day run of scheduled tweets. All the links I’m sharing, once this starts, are for blogs to which I have access to stats. This is a well-thought out plan, and I am doing it specifically to test the value of my Twitter accounts.

I referred somewhere between 60 and 120 readers to other peoples’ blogs last Sunday from Twitter with 4 tweets. That’s a vague number, I know, but Twitter and Buffer are giving me different numbers, and I am not sure how they’re counting some of their stats. But even 60 referrals is a phenomenal number for me. I am looking to replicate it and confirm it with WordPress stats.

Scheduling is not all I’m doing on Twitter. I’m also doing my best to get engaged over there again. That doesn’t mean I’m there all the time. Just means I’m making a better effort to answer my notifications.

Whether this first run works or not, it will give me info about tweeting times, what sells, and the relative strengths of various hashtags that I simply cannot get from reading articles. Might be good, and I have no idea how long it will take me to actually get it set up. I’m trying to get ahead of the weekend and the next #1000Speak publishing date, though.

The great thing about this: Once I share these tweets once, I can start over at day 1, tweet the most popular ones again. I can edit the mediocre ones for better results. I can drag tweets from one account queue and drop them in another. As long as I don’t send the exact same tweet more than once in a week, and don’t share the same link too much, this should be effective on Twitter.


Here’s my recipe for tweet scheduling for @Sourcererblog. It can’t be only links, of course.

  1. Popular posts from Part Time Monster, Sourcerer, and Comparative Geeks. I’ve chosen these blogs primarily because the links are easy for me to get at efficiently, they all have posts by a variety of people (so I’m not repetitively pimping one blogger or one blog) and I can measure the results.
  2. Tweets in which I introduce some of my tweeps to other of my tweeps.
  3. Funny stuff, like maybe I’ll include a few items from the Evil Overlord List and The Pirate Primer since world domination and pirate jokes are my two most successful running gags.
  4. Random blogging humor to people I chatter with often.
  5. Chattery stuff in which I tag no one.
  6. I also have an A to Z Challenge Roadtrip plan for @justgeneo, but I don’t know how long it will take me to set that up, and the plan isn’t fully-formed yet, but I’ll post the recipe for that one once I figure it out.

Happy Friday! #WeekendCoffeeShare tomorrow at Part Time Monster 🙂


So, That Was Fun!


The A to Z Challenge mayhem is over and I managed to place my reflection 19th on the linky list. Good job, Gene’O! I am up early, did not write a real coffee post last week, and am in the mood to write something in a hurry and publish it. So here goes!

Next on the Blogs:

We’re starting a new monthly feature at Sourcerer called Sourcerer’s Eleven. These are 11-question author/blogger interviews to run the first Monday of every month. It’s a fiendishly clever scheme. The way it works is the person interviewed conducts the next one. First Victim: Luther M. Siler, who contributes to Sourcerer and just released Sanctum of the Sphere, part II of The Benevolence Archives.Sourcerer

Part Time Monster is developing a new feature called Monster Monday. Will be good. Details in the last #WeekendCoffeeShare post if you missed it. Also good: The #LazyLambs Book Club.

Diana’s about to start the next run of Penny Dreadful posts at Sourcerer. If you follow that show, you don’t want to miss them. Last year’s Penny Dreadful reviews were some of our most popular posts of the year. Here’s our Penny Dreadful category archive.

As you may have heard, our friends over at Comparative Geeks are expecting their first child soon. They went out for guest posts to help keep CG running through May and June, and a LOT of good bloggers stepped up, including several Sourcerer contributors. Diana and I are doing a substantial number of posts on Neil Gaiman’s Sandman for them. These will include at least six Thursday Thirteens — three from each of us — plus a few more substantial posts.

There’s so much more I could mention. I have a lot of friends who are starting up collaborative projects in the next month or so, and of course we’ll have a summer run of Feminist Fridays. Stay tuned, and I’ll do my best to keep you apprised of developments. This blog is evolving into a sort of news outlet for my little corner of the blogosphere.

The State of the Network

arrrr, mateys!

arrrr, mateys!

April’s been an absolutely crazy month, but the Facebook operation is proceeding apace. I haven’t had much Twitter time lately. I don’t think we’ve lost much ground there, but I’ve got to trust the system I’ve set up to get what we can from Facebook and get myself back to Twitter soon.

I’ve got an app called Buffer now that allows me to schedule 100 Facebook updates for both my page AND my timeline, schedule 100 tweets each for multiple Twitter accounts, 100 Google Plus shares, and 100 Pinterest pins. I can have a different schedule for every day and a different schedule for each social media account. I can edit things that are scheduled before they run and change the queue order easily. It has its own link-shortening system, so I get analytics.

I can follow 15 RSS feeds and share them directly from my Buffer dashboard. And it archives everything, so I can take something I tweeted two weeks ago and tweet it again without a lot of work. It’s fabulous and I plan to leverage it to the hilt just as soon as I have a day to set it up properly.

Here’s where I am with the various networks, and my goals through the end of the quarter.

Blogs — Coffee posts and occasional announcements here. That’s all this blog is good for, and frankly, all I have time to do with it. Sourcerer is all pop culture, all the time and we’re in good shape, content-wise. We may take Sundays off for a while over there, but otherwise, it’s business as usual.

Facebook — The Just Gene’O page is so dead it’s pointless. I’ve connected this blog back to Sourcerer’s page and Twitter account. No more than I post here, and given that Part Time Monster is also publicizing to Sourcerer’s page, that makes the most sense for now.

I’m scheduling three public status updates per day on my personal timeline. These are typically a Sourcerer link in the morning, a link for a friend at noon, and a Part Time Monster link in the afternoon. I’m still tweaking the schedule. I spend most of my Facebook time in groups, and I am planning a somewhat-open blogging collaboration group to go live on Facebook later this year.

Twitter — Along with the publicized links, I’m scheduling three afternoon Tweets per day when I can manage it. Soon, I will mix in some just-for-fun tweets so I’m not just sharing links all the time. I just need to find time to compose them and get them into the queue.1000speakLizzi

I am coming back to Twitter. I’ve missed the #SundayBlogShares during the last two weeks of April and just in general, that’s where I prefer to interact when I’m not chatting on blog threads. I want a larger following, and I want @1000Speak to have a larger following as well. That means I have to build them.

At this point, no other networks really matter, but I am looking at StumbleUpon and Piinterest. I have accounts on both of those networks, but I’ve not had time to get properly set up on either yet. StumbleUpon is my next priority.

On all these networks, I publish during the day at what I think are the best times to post. Then I answer notifications in the evenings, and occasionally from my phone on work breaks during the day. This is not an optimal way of doing things, but it’s what I can do, and it’s working well enough.

Happy Monday, and don’t work too hard!

Just a Little Test

arrrr, mateys!

arrrr, mateys!

Just playing around with the social media architecture a bit. Here’s what I’ve done:

  1. Disconnected this blog from the Twitter accounts.
  2. Connected the Just Gene’O Facebook page, which is not currently in use, to one of the Twitter accounts so it tweets when I publish there.
  3. Connected this blog to the page as well.

The test is to see whether the link Tweeted from the page goes to the blog or to the page.

Fun, fun, fun!