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

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I’ve had a fabulous week. I wore a jacket for the first time this year on Wednesday. It was a light one, and I only wore it long enough to walk home from work, but still. As much as I love fall, I’m missing the summer already. And I would tell you I’m trying some new things with my Facebook pages. If you’d like to leave a link to your blog or your fanpage on the meetup thread at the top of my page, you’re welcome to do it. (Apologies, I couldn’t get the post to embed properly for some reason).

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This is a bit of a Hail Mary. I didn’t promote it because I was busy wrapping up the Feminist Friday Project at Part Time Monster while Luther and I were doing a big Follow Friday on Twitter. If it doesn’t get many looks, I won’t be surprised, but you’re invited to join in, and I will look at every link dropped on the thread. (And speaking of Luther, his first contribution runs at Sourcerer within the hour, and you don’t want to miss it!)

If you have a fanpage and you’re not sure if I’m following it, this weekend is an opportunity to bring it to my attention without the weirdness that comes with asking someone to like your page. My shares on Facebook aren’t worth much, but I do have the ability to give you both a personal follow and two page likes. I also have the ability to invite a few other bloggers to like your page if I think it will interest them.

I’d tell you, too, that I’m changing the whole way I do Facebook. I’ve got a private list of bloggers and fan pages that I’m liking every day, and I’ve removed a lot of non-blog-related content from my feeds. Within a couple of weeks, my main news feed will be full posts from friendly bloggers. I’m also going to start sharing updates on my fanpages other than the publicized links from my own blogs. A Sourcerer’s page, I’ll share geeky blog posts — mostly television and comics-related because that’s what we write about most often over there. On my personal page, I’ll share link for the friends and regular readers who support this blog.

I have no idea if this will be worth it. We’ll give it a few weeks and see. But I’m kinda stuck with Facebook. I need a real presence on a third network, and all my behind-the-scenes collaboration is done on Facebook, so I have to spend time there often. It makes more sense to try and get more out of the fanpages than it does to try and build a presence on a fourth network right now.

I’d tell you my family is doing great and I’ve had a fine fall break. We’re going on vacation week-after-next. It’s supposed to be a surprise for the little one. He knows we’re planning it, but he doesn’t know we’ve got everything booked and we’ve been vague about our plans.  He suggested yesterday to Vicki that Halloween would be the time to go. The boy’s got a touch of the ESP, I think.

How’s your Saturday?

If We Were Having Coffee . . . (Fall Break Edition)

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you it’s been a fabulous week. Nothing out-of-the-ordinary happened, which is always good 🙂 I’m loving the weather we’ve been having — sunny days, not too hot — and it’s great to be back on the social media.

My grandson’s doing well in school. He likes to practice his spelling with sidewalk chalk.

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He’s super-excited to have two days off this week for fall break. I’m pretty stoked about fall break myself. I just wish our breaks coincided so we could spend the time together. We’ve got a big trip planned for the week of Halloween. It’s the prefect thing for a six-year-old and he doesn’t know about it yet. I’m eagerly anticipating the excitement when we tell him we’re going.

I’d tell you my fabulous sister is in the midst of written Ph.D. comps right now. I want to call her and ask her how it’s coming, but I don’t want to be a distraction, so I’m feeding the Monster this weekend and wishing her well.

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It seems as though the blogs are mostly back on track for now. Diana’s decided to blog the new season of American Horror Story. David (who had a big birthday recently) has the comics covered at Sourcerer and Will’s on his way to blogging the entire season of Doctor Who. I’m doing the same at Part Time Monster, and I have a plan for this blog. Life in the blogosphere is suddenly good again.

Speaking of plans for this blog, here’s the short version. I’m building it from the weekend up, because these coffee posts are the most popular thing I’ve done here yet. Here are a few things I’m planning to try out here over the next couple of months.

  • Later this month, I’m moving the Sunday blogging and social media posts over here for a few weeks and see how they do.
  • Since it looks as though Diana’s American Horror Story posts are running on Thursdays, I’ll also post my Thursday Thirteen lists here for awhile.
  • As soon as I am able to work one more feature into my writing schedule, I’m going to start a Monday series here which is basically a memoir. These should be easy posts to write, and based on my experience, I think they’ll be a hit.

I’d just have to tell you, too, that I’ve impressed myself with the Twitter growth. I’m not one to brag about follower counts and such, but the Twitter success is making me very happy. Since I finished and scheduled last week’s social media post, I’m up almost 500 followers with @Sourcererblog, and I’ve doubled @justgeneo‘s following this week. I am confident now that I know what I’m doing over there, and it’s not taking an inordinate amount of my time. I’ll talk a bit more about the Twitter experience in the coming weeks. I’m also planning to spend some of my social media blogging time on WordPress tips this fall.

Have a fabulous weekend, and feel free to drop me a link to your coffee post!

If We Were Having Coffee . . . (Social Media Reboot Edition)

I’m actually having my coffee as I write this one today. First, a big thanks to Saxton-Corner of Way of the Wytch for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award. I don’t always pass award nominations along because of the time and effort required, and because of the mixed feelings so many people have about awards. But personally, I love them. So I always try and say thanks with a link on my front page and take a look at the other bloggers who were nominated along with me.

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I took Thursday and Friday off from work, and despite my best intentions to write ahead and get some blogs scheduled for next week, I ended up spending most of my time reading blogs and Tweeting. It felt good, and I’m not behind — just not as far ahead as I’d like. In the meantime a lot of bloggers know I’m back, I broke 3,000 Twitter followers with my @Sourcererblog account overnight, and I feel refreshed, so that little bit of networking was totally worth it. My plan for today is to see how many blog posts I can load in the next four hours, then hit Twitter and spend some time getting my personal account, @justgeneo, active again.

As most of you know, I’m a bit down on Facebook, and I have been for awhile. I made a decision this week to use my personal timeline to talk to bloggers from time to time and share blogs I like, and see if that changes anything. I decided to do this for a few reasons.

  • The only new Facebook friends I’ve picked up in months have been bloggers who I’ve talked to long enough to be ok letting them into my personal Facebook network.
  • I’m already using Facebook private communication to talk to bloggers, and I’m not talking to anyone else there at this point, really. The only other people who pay attention to my Facebook account are family and random people who like my photos.
  • If I’m going to bother with Facebook at all, I need to find something useful to do with my personal timeline, and most of what I post there is posted publicly anyway. So, maybe this will work. Maybe not. I’ll have a better idea in a few weeks.

Once I get my personal Twitter account active again, the next three items on my list are:

  1. Build more pages for our collected works section here and turn this page into a real index page for that section,
  2. Get my Tumblr page posting and gaining followers again, and
  3. Organize my Google Plus contacts into real circles and get back to interacting there. I haven’t been active on this network in a long time, and I sorta miss it.

It will probably take me a month or more to work through these three items, but as long as they’re done by January, I’ll be pleased with the progress.

Diana and I have another little rough patch coming. Even though I have more time to spend on the social media now, she starts Ph.D. comps at the end of this week. That’s a process that takes a while to complete and the stakes are very high. So, as you can imagine, our stress level is less-than-ideal right now. I’ll be filling in at Part Time Monster a bit more than usual beginning at the end of next week, so that means a little less posting from me at the other blogs. Keeping the Monster posting is my first priority because it’s been our most successful blog from day one. Even though I like to have several blogs, my ultimate goal is for one of those blogs to be BIG. The Monster’s the most likely candidate to go big, so it has to get the most attention when we’re strapped.

I’ll also be going on vacation at the end of this month. I’m hitting the road for Florida the Wednesday before Halloween and won’t be back until the Tuesday after. I’ll have a little time to blog and check in while I’m gone, but not as much as I normally do.

In the meantime, I’m blogging like crazy. I’ll have a social media post at Sourcerer tomorrow about Twitter. If you’re interested in that network and you haven’t seen my Twitter archive, you should check it out. It’s got a lot of helpful info, and includes several posts I wrote to help people figure out how to get started and build a following there. Most of what I know about Twitter was learned through trial and error, with help from more experienced people who shared their knowledge with me. It took me months to figure Twitter out. There’s no reason it should take you months when I’ve written all this stuff down for you. 🙂

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and have a great week! Drop me a link to your coffee post if you like.