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!

#SundayBlogShare, and other Twitter Stuff

Since I’ve picked up a few new followers lately and made first contact with several new bloggers this week, I’ll just post this here to help those of you who are on Twitter find ways to meet bloggers.

The first thing you need to know about is #SundayBlogShare. This is a relatively new thing. It’s the brainchild of Suzie81(@suzie81blog). I’ve been following Suzie for about a year and we have chatted a bit. I have a ton of respect for her as a blogger and all-around social media ninja, and I did my best to help her get #SundayBlogShare off the ground last month. The way it works is you share links to your posts to the hashtag. People might retweet you and might visit your blog. You could also think about retweeting links you like and visiting a few #SundayBlogShare bloggers yourself. That’s how you use Twitter to meet bloggers.

Basic rules:

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 😉

  1. #SundayBlogShare is a happy place. Posts that are racist, sexist and homophobic are not allowed.
  2. Don’t use #SundayBlogShare to post inspirational quotes, book promotions, links to Amazon or porn. Blog posts only.
  3. Do not beg or harass others for retweets or follows. However, feel free to retweet and follow others.
  4. Be respectful at all times. If you disagree with the content of a post, do so in a polite manner.

Everyone who’s Tweeted for very long knows Twitter gets hot on the weekends, especially Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Here are some other ways to share your links or otherwise find other bloggers.

  1. Give a #FollowFriday or two to bloggers you know using appropriate blog-related hashtags, and check out Follow Fridays other bloggers are doing.
  2. On Saturdays, you can share links for #ArchiveDay, retweet, and visit blog links on that hashtag.
  3. On Mondays, @MondayBlogs retweets links for bloggers. They own the hashtag #MondayBlogs, and lots of bloggers retweet from it. This is a well-developed thing, and while retweets aren’t guaranteed, I have had good success with them.

So, that gives you up to four activities on different days that you can participate in with other bloggers. I don’t do them all every week, but I would if I had the time. They’ve all worked well for me, both for meeting friendly bloggers and for growing my Twitter account. You can find me @sourcererblog, and I am generous with followbacks on Twitter.

If We Were Having Coffee . . . (Vacation Edition)

If we were having coffee, I would tell you vacation week is upon me. On Monday, the office will be left neat and tidy with everything done. On Tuesday the suitcases will be packed. On Wednesday, the little dude, who is six, gets the surpise of his life when we pick him up from school. I’ll be out of town all next week and return next Tuesday.

The Little Dude having some fun. Creative Commons license rescinded for this one!

The Little Dude having some fun.

He knows where we are going, and he knows we’re going before his next birthday. He’s been loading up his piggy bank with the fastidiousness of a doomsday prepper for six months. But he has no idea we are going for Halloween. (There is a certain Mouse involved in all of this, so you can imagine what the ten-hour drive is going to be like, hee hee).

I would tell you even though I wanted to roll out a new set of About pages today, I did not get around to it. The text is written, but pages take time, and these next pages must be perfect. They are the new foundation of this project Diana and I have invested the last year in. I made a decision early in the week to promote #SundayBlogShare instead of building the pages. That was totally the right decision, and I will talk about #SundayBlogShare in a minute. But first, my new tagline bears a little discussion.

A blog for bloggers, with Weekend Coffee

  • “A blog for bloggers” is not a blog about blogging. Though I will share what I know about blogging here from time to time.
  • This blog is dedicated to finding interesting things for bloggers to do together and offering them the opportunities. That won’t happen every week, but given the number of bloggers I know, I think it will happen often enough to be worthwhile.
  • “with Weekend Coffee” is there because the Saturday Coffee post is the only one I can reliably deliver here for the next few months. Basically, I post here on Saturdays and that’s it unless I am promoting a blogging event or reblogging my friends.
  • The two phrases are a nice mix. It’s a friendly tagline. Welcoming to bloggers. I want it to send the message that all bloggers are welcome, here, not matter what they blog about.I believe I have finally nailed it.

    Getty stock image.

    Getty stock image.

I would tell you I’ll get those About pages up in a couple of weeks and give them a proper announcement, but right this second, I need to talk about #SundayBlogShare.

I won’t rehash the whole story of how I stumbled upon it in my WordPress reader last Sunday, tweeted it to 20 bloggers, and by the end of the day I’d played some small part in it becoming a regular thing. Nor how I spent the better part of a week seeing how many people I could share it with.

I’ll just tell you it’s been a good week. The Follow Friday went so well, I am writing a post about it at some point. Lots of introductions were made yesterday, and that is a good thing. I am glad I threw in on this one.

I’m looking forward to an awesome day of link sharing tomorrow. Thank you, Suzie, for dreaming this up at just the right moment, and for the reasonable rules.

That’s all I have today. This seems unfinished, but I am done.

Conrad, you are a prince.