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.

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Game On!

This is a Weekend Music/Open Thread double feature. I’m doing one at Sourcerer today, and even though I’m starting slow with this blog, I want to post here. Can you blame me? It’s a nice blog 🙂

Comment at either blog about anything at all, and enjoy the music at both.

I’m planning a coffee post here for tomorrow, but it isn’t actually written yet, so just check back with me and see what happens.

Have an awesome weekend, and thanks for the reads!

Taking a Breather, and Happy Six-Month Blogiversary to The Monster

Thank you, again, to everyone who stopped by during A to Z and read my posts. Thanks, especially, for the comments. Comments are my favorite form of feedback, but I am also a big fan of likes, follows, and votes 🙂 I almost withdrew from the challenge the week before it started because I didn’t have enough content ready to go. I’m so glad I didn’t do that.

I said 30 days ago that April would be a transitional month. It has been, and we’re through it. It’s been hectic, and I’ve had to let a lot of administrative things go to keep up. I must shave off some time to take care of those things in May. Administration, even of a small social media network, is a problem. Administration requires you to be absent from public social media, but it has to be done to keep things organized and running.

I’m rethinking my quality v. consistency plan for The Writing Catalog. The A to Z Challenge has proven to me that a blog about writing is a good idea, but I have so many other responsibilities, I can’t really do the writing justice more than a couple of times of week, at best.

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