We’ll Take a Cup of Kindness Yet

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Happy New Year, wherever you happen to be!

I have a little something scheduled for Midnight Eastern Time, too, but on another blog 😉

If you happen to be at a party or already in bed when that one runs, I am  sure you’ll enjoy it just as much tomorrow.

I’ll be back with a coffee post on Saturday.

Fixing Facebook, Fanpage Edition

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If this doesn’t put a smile on your face, I don’t know what will. It is more an event than a performance. It happened on a stage in Croatia four years ago, and I have no idea who these people are, but god bless YouTube. On to business.

I rolled out Sourcerer’s new look with the Weekend Music today. I’d love to know what you think about it. I’m also experimenting with a different way of using my Facebook pages. Here’s what I am doing on a trial basis.

I’ve disconnected this blog from the Just Gene’O page and am publicizing to Sourcerer’s page from here for awhile. I’ll still share the weekend coffee there and occasionally share things for friends, but that’s about all I am doing with the Just Gene’O page until I can figure out how to use it.

fblikeI’ve changed the Facebook follow widget here to show Sourcerer’s page, and set the Facebook widgets up on both blogs to display timeline activity rather than recent followers. I’ve done this so we can see what’s posting there without actually going to Facebook.

I will also start sharing things for other bloggers on Sourcerer’s page. Since I am not posting publicly from my personal account, this is how I do public shares. So people who aren’t friends can see the blogs I share, and friends have an easy way to share things from me they like without having their own audience limited by my privacy settings.

I chose Sourcerer because it’s the page that’s getting the most looks, and I’m only updating the Just Gene’O page with a couple of posts per week, anyway. That’s not enough sharing to do any good on Facebook from a page. Basically, I am concentrating a lot of blog-related Facebook activity at Sourcerer over the next year and hoping to create a busy public feed.

It will include:

  • Links to everything posted at Sourcerer, Part Time Monster, and Just Gene’O
  • Selected posts from friends and from blogs/pages I like.

Managing what you see on Facebook is nebulous, so I’ll tell you how I get pages I want to follow into my main news feed.

  1. I like a page to follow it.
  2. While I’m there, I like 3 to 6 posts and sometimes comment.
  3. This usually suffices to get it into my feed for a couple of days. I like a one or two items from the page per day and see what happens.
  4. If I start to see so much of one page that I feel like it’s crowding out other pages or friends I want to keep up with, I lay off the likes for a day or two.
  5. If it hits me that I’ve not seen a page for awhile, I go to the page, and if it’s posting regularly, give it a few likes to get more of it into my feed.Diabolo III free wallpaper from hqwide.com.

I use small private lists to easily find pages and give them likes when I’m not seeing enough of them. The trick with Facebook lists is to separate the pages that post a lot from the ones that post less often.

I am also building WordPress lists. You might want to check and make sure you have both Twitter and Facebook sharing enabled in your post footers.

By February, I’m going to be able to consistently see more of you in my reader than I’ve ever been able to see before. When I find just the right thing to share, I like to tweet it and share it on the page while I’m there.

Welcome to the New Age.

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The level of engagement on my Facebook timeline ticked up a bit yesterday. I take that as a sign I’m moving in the right direction.

I am seeing blog pages in my main news feed I haven’t seen in months, and Facebook is curious to know why I’ve unfollowed every public personality and media outlet that’s crossed my feed in the last 48 hours except Neil Gaiman, David Mack, and Gangstagrass.

LOL. They ask me every time I unfollow. I don’t tell them.

Bullet points.

  • I’ve removed the link to my Facebook account from the Saturday Coffee post.
  • That post got some serious #SundayBlogShare retweet juice, and I can’t have a post with a link to my Facebook profile in it bouncing around on Twitter a week from now. That’s too daring, even for me.
  • I’m easy to find over there, and I am approachable. Talk to me on the Internet long enough to earn my trust. That’s all it takes.
  • I almost posted this at Sourcerer, but the time for playing these games at that blog is done.
  • I’ll still do the blogwanking and post conspiratorial-type stuff over there when I want to be sure EVERYONE sees. But this is where you come to learn about my evil schemes.

I play the world domination for laughs, but this jolly roger is serious business.

Arrr, Mateys!

Public Domain image. Just Google “Emanuel Wynne.”

When you see it embedded in a post, you can be sure I am up to something. And everyone who knows me will tell you, mateys. I don’t raise my banner lightly. 😉

Happy Blogging! See you for coffee on Saturday. (David, the video is totally for you!)