Social Media Sunday: Twitter, Facebook, et al.

Aside

I’m doing a double-feature today. I’ve got another one of these over at Sourcerer which explains what I’m doing with Twitter for the next couple of weeks. Basically, I am standing the Twitter accounts back up and getting them right before I do anything else other than blog. This one will clue you in somewhat on the bigger picture.

Image via Suzie81's Blog, 2014.

Image via Suzie81

At most, I’m posting two scheduled status updates a day on Facebook because that’s all I have time for. These are mostly short text updates because scheduled link-sharing doesn’t work over there unless you schedule a public share to one place (a page, say) and then share it from the page internally (and manually) to timelines and groups.

For now, my Just Gene’O page is inactive and the Sourcerer page is doing what it’s always done — provide a landing space for publicized links. The blogs are all connected to @Sourcererblog, which is also tweeting on a schedule. The next thing is to get @justgeneo tweeting on a schedule and get those accounts to the point where they’re low-maintenance, growing accounts. Then we talk about the Facebook group and StumbleUpon.

This, the blogging, and the answering of my threads. are likely all I’m going to have time to do on the Internet for most of the summer. I’m driven at this point, people. We shall break the Internets.

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!

Weekend Coffee Share: Blogging A to Z Edition

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I’ve decided not to do the Blogging A to Z April Challenge here at the the personal blog. Sourcerer is still in for 100% sure. We‘ll have a theme reveal there soon, and I’m pulling out all the stops for A to Z on the wider social media. Just not doing it here. I’ll remove the badge from the sidebar and ask that Just Gene’O be removed from the list later this weekend.

Getty stock image.

Getty stock image.

I’d tell you that despite the fact I have a theme and topics for an awesome Tolkien-themed challenge, this is the smart thing to do because I have so much going on. Given the number of guest blogging commitments I have and the amount of time it’s already taking me to keep the blogs going, I don’t think it’s a good idea to try and write 26 posts to run here in April. Among other reasons, that would give me 26 threads to answer in addition to Sourcerer’s A to Z threads.

Blogging A to Z here while Sourcerer is also doing it would be a magnificent blogging feat, and I have no doubt I could do it. But I’ve worked extremely hard to push my blogging schedule far enough into the future and make enough friends to have Sourcerer publishing every day without ever waking up in the morning and needing to write a post for that day. This is why Diana and I blogged at such a frantic pace last year — to make enough friends and generate large enough archives to be able to publish every day without needing to write a blog post every day.

Click to sign up!

Click to sign up!

The bottom line is that if I were going to do A to Z here, the posts should already be written, but several things came up in January and February that I just had to prioritize, and they did not get written. This isn’t an everyday blog, and every like and comment I leave on WordPress points people to Sourcerer. That’s the blog that’s going to benefit from my A to Z visits. So I may very well write and load 26 posts in the next three weeks — I’m capable of doing that. But they will not be A to Z posts to run at this blog.

I’d tell you, too, that I won’t be around much on the linkups nor on Twitter this weekend. I’ve got the spring run of Tolkien drafted. I have to load the last two posts at Part Time Monster and do the finishing work on those. Then I have to track down links and do the final edit on a guest post I’m doing for a friend to run at the end of this month so I can send that one off. (Done)

Once that’s done, I have this list to work through. It seems like a lot, and it is, but keep in mind I can produce four to six posts in a day if I stay off Facebook and Twitter and just work, and I routinely finish and schedule a week’s worth of blogging in about two-and-a-half hours on Sunday evenings. It will not all get done this weekend, but most of it will.

  1. Finish the A to Z theme reveal for Sourcerer, which is drafted and just needs links and art.
  2. Load and finish two emailed drafts for Sourcerer to finish out our Wednesdays for this month.
  3. Crop and load photo features for Sourcerer for the next two weeks.
  4. Write the Feminist Friday wrap-up post to run here next Friday (this week’s STEM discussion at Drifting Through has been good, and that thread may in fact still be active).
  5. Write four A to Z posts for Sourcerer (I have the letters C, E, L, and T. If you are familiar with my blogging, you can probably guess what at least three of those are going to be about 😉 )
  6. Write two A to Z posts for Part Time Monster that Diana and I brainstormed this week.
  7. Load the rough drafts of three guest posts for Comparative Geeks to run post-April just to get them in the queue so I can finish them later. (Done).

    arrrr, mateys!

    arrrr, mateys!

Quite the list, eh? Once it’s done, though, I’ll be free to write at a leisurely pace for May and spend ALL the social media time in April finding readers for Sourcerer contributors and making friends by visiting from the A to Z list.

I’ll use the day and tomorrow morning to get as far ahead on it as I can, then tweet for @1000Speak for an hour or two tomorrow afternoon. Basically, I’m volunteering them a couple of hours on Twitter on Sundays when I can manage it, and other bloggers are keeping the account active during the rest of the week.

Then I’d ask you how your weekend’s looking.

— Edited at 6:30 my time on Saturday, March 14, to tick off the Tolkien and the guest post items as (Done). I’ll use different colors to tick the rest off so I can analyze the workflow later. This is not bad, considering I also gave my family 5 hours today, answered a few comments, made a new friend, spent some time in private collaboration chats, and retweeted from the phone a bit when I was not able to be at the computer. #AmWorking, always.