In Which I Have a Lightbulb Moment and Understand How to Sort My Social Media

First things first. Blog party next weekend, and thanks to Suzie for the early invite. The blogger hosting the party is doing it to roll out a rebrand of his music blog. You can find him on Twitter at @SteveSays2014 and cast a vote to help him pick his new brand here.

This has nothing to do with Steve's blog. I am just hoisting the flag today, is all!

This has nothing to do with Steve’s blog. I am just hoisting the flag today, is all!

I’ve updated the About Page. The writing theme is completely gone because I ran out of useful writing advice months ago. If you enjoy writing blogs and are looking for help there, try Write On! Sisters. They are far better at it than me. The about page revision is a transitional thing to get us through to fall. I plan to shut down the social media for a weekend in October and revamp the pages and categories here. For now, what I have must suffice.

I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with this blog, its Facebook page, and the @justgeneo Twitter account for awhile. The only thing I can do here consistently is the #WeekendCoffeeShare post and link to social blogging opportunities like Steve’s blog party when I can find them, because Sourcerer keeps me busy.

The coffee posts don’t work for Sourcerer. They also don’t work as guest posts, because they are too personal. And I need this blog to build link archives for projects that span multiple blogs. I need it to host the #1000Speak linkup, to publish feminist posts, to display my Blog Blitz badge and my personal gravatar.

The Facebook page and the Twitter account have been sleeping for months now. I’ve thought about shutting them down. Decided this weekend to not. Here’s what I am doing instead. This will take a while to get rolling, but I can set the thing up and manage it.

I’m doing the A to Z Challenge Road Trip. That’s an activity where you keep visiting the A to Z list and meeting new bloggers after the challenge itself is over. Details to come at the A to Z blog May 13.

  • Since I am doing nothing right now with the Facebook page, nor the Twitter account.
  • Since I can use Buffer to schedule 100 updates at a time for each.
  • Since 4 complete A to Z Challenges gives me 104 links to work with, and since I have WAY MORE than four friends who have collected all of this year’s posts in single posts or on pages  . . .

. . . I’m in the process of collecting A to Z index posts, which I will then use to set up a low-frequency posting schedule for the page and the Twitter account. Three shares a day is a sight better than none. 100 queued posts at a rate of three a day covers the page and the Twitter account for 33.333 days.

The latest participant badge. Not on my sidebar, because I did not do A to Z here this year. Did it another way.

The latest participant badge. Not on my sidebar, because I did not do A to Z here this year. Did it another way.

My plan is to load the queues to full. Let them run down for a few days, then start adding the road trip discoveries into the mix once that gets rolling. Eventually, I’m running through two proven A to Z Challenges per day in order at the same time each day, and in the middle, there is a new find. I answer the notifications as I am able. Enough to demonstrate that I am not a bot and enjoy meeting new people.

Clever, non?

There is also a Facebook collaboration/support group just for bloggers run by me coming at some point. I’m not far enough along to set it up yet. But I’ve been studying Facebook groups for a while now. I know what I want, and what my friends like in a Facebook group. We’ll get there.

This is quite enough for one day.

#SundayBlogShare will be busy and wild today, if I have anything to say about it!

#SundayBlogShare will be busy and wild today, if I have anything to say about it!

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I’ve Found Something Called a Blog Blitz! (And Other Mayhem)

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You’ll notice a couple of new badges on the ol’ sidebar. One is the A to Z badge.

Click to sign up!

Click to sign up!

Sourcerer‘s come together so nicely over the past couple of weeks, I’ve decided to go back to my original plan and give it a go here, too. I’ll have the full announcement for this blog sometime in the next week. Sourcerer’s announcement will run on Thursday and will include a few tips to help first-timers avoid some of the pitfalls I ran into last year.

There is also this one.

Click to learn more!

Click for more info!

This has been on my radar for a couple of weeks, thanks to Conny, who you might know from the #WeekendCoffeeShare. If you’ve been following my blogs for any length of time, and you read what the Blog Blitz about, you’ll see why it grabbed me.

I went over to Write On! Sisters, who also do the coffee share (and who I met through last year’s A to Z Challenge), before work yesterday to be sure they knew the A to Z linky was open. Found the Blog Blitz badge on their sidebar and had to go give it a good look. So blame them for me jumping on board with one more social blogging project, lol.

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A Part Time Monster production.

There will be a real post about this as soon as I can manage it and a Facebook share when I think the time is right. I am already tweeting it around. Once I see a couple of these blitzes and have a feel for the vibe, I’ll give you the full report. For now, I will just say it looks like some awesome getting ready to break out and it isn’t a weekly thing.

I’ll be at Part Time Monster this week for the Feminist Friday kickoff. And of course, see you for coffee this weekend!

Oh yeah, just in case you haven’t heard, I’ll be your #SundayBlogShare host on Twitter this weekend, too!

Suzie's graphic. Just assuming it's ok to use since I'm promoting here ;-)

Suzie’s graphic. Just assuming it’s ok to use since I’m promoting here 😉

🙂 🙂 🙂 Smileys All Around! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Loads and Loads of News!

survivor-atoz [2014]Registration is open. If the page displays “Coming Soon” when you visit it, use this linky link.

Registration for the Blogging A to Z April Challenge goes live sometime today.Here’s the registration page in case you want to sit and refresh it until the list appears. I plan to register this a.m., add the art to the at Sourcerer after work tonight, and do the announcement on Thursday.

The 1,000 Voices Speaking for Compassion Facebook group passed 1,000 members sometime late Friday night or early Saturday morning. There’s also a WordPress blog for it now, and I have confirmed that there will be a linkup for it on Feb. 20. Not bad at all for two weeks’ worth of bloggers chattering about this on the social media.1000speakLizzi

My friend Gretchen of Drifting Through My Open Mind published an awesome guest post at Hasty Words last week. She’s also joined The Sisterwives Speak. I’ve been following Gretchen and chatting with her almost since the day I started my blogs. She’s one of the most talented and generous bloggers I know, and I am pleased to see her finding ways to widen her audience.

Feminist Fridays return this week with a kickoff post by me at Part Time Monster and move to Victim to Charm the week after. You can find the spring schedule here. I’m glad to finally get these rolling again, because I have missed the discussions.

Featured Image -- 3218We had another awesome #WeekendCoffeeShare last week. I don’t know how many bloggers we’ll end up with this week, but the list included 25 blogs when I put this post together.

Even though the linky closes on Sunday, the links remain active and you can use the list to visit the posts at your convenience all week long. We’ll be back with another coffee share this weekend.

Last, but certainly not least, Suzie81 has graciously offered me a guest-hosting gig for #SundayBlogShare this Sunday. Those of you who have been reading for awhile may remember that I did this back in the fall. I loved it, it was an awesome experience, and I am looking forward to another awesome one next week.

Happy Blogging!