Social Practice



I am still trying to figure out social media. Aren’t we all.

Right now I am active to some degree on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+, and publish my blog posts to all four platforms. (When Spoon Graphics did the doodles on this page, two of these weren’t even on their radar screen.  I’m not even sure Google+ existed. But I liked the conceit.) Because of this – and because everyone uses social media differently – it seems helpful to outline my current practice here.

I generally follow back liberally on Twitter and Google+, and engage at my own discretion.

Google+ still confuses/bemuses me, and until the Powers That Be allow Hootsuite or some other third party app to post to personal profiles, I will likely not be spending much time there. But I do see and respond to comments on my posts.

The “Facebook is for people you know, Twitter for people you want to know” chestnut is my working algorithm. For lack of a better.

Facebook I post no more than a couple of times a day on Facebook. Usually it’s just personal content, restricted to my family and friends, but sometimes I’ll be helping to promote a local storytelling event, either one Story Arts of Minnesota is sponsoring, or one I’m in.  When I am really busy I only post a morning quotation.

At the moment I’m most active on Twitter.

Fair warning. I divide my time fairly evenly between original content, reposting the links of others (with recommendations and comments if I have the time), recreational retweeting of things that amuse or interest me, and interaction.  My heaviest retweeting comes on hashtag days like #MondayBlogs (which you can read about here), #wwwblogs (Women Writer Wednesday Blogs, which you can read about here) and #ArchiveDay (Saturday; find out about that here).

Most of my posts are scheduled. (So yes, I really can get work done.) I use private and public lists to organize my areas of interests, and rotate between them as I can. Most (but not all) of my public lists are related to writing, the arts, and creative process. I use favorites to bookmark things I intend to read and perhaps retweet later, or sometimes just to acknowledge a comment I’ve read that does not require a response.

I try to focus on friends and family on Facebook, and use LinkedIn for professional contacts only.

I don’t have a page on Facebook; it’s just my personal profile, but I have begun in 2014 to make blog posts public. Much of my LinkedIn usage is related to grant writing and development – my “day jobs.” However, I’ve done grant writing in the storytelling world, and storytelling in the nonprofit world, so there is some overlap. And it’s always nice to look like a well-rounded person.

However, if you want to connect with me on Facebook or LinkedIn, and I don’t know you well, or you’ve changed a bit since high school, please message me with a little context first. Otherwise I may delete the request without responding. I’m still wondering in retrospect if the last guy I did so to was actually the acne-plagued genius in my Critical Issues class forty years ago. Oops.

I can be a little obsessive when I’m trying to figure something out.

So I take a Social Sabbath on Sundays, which slows me down, and helps keep me this side of sane. If you don’t hear from me on a Sunday, that is why. Lately I’ve been coming back online after ten Sunday nights to start reading and retweeting the #MondayBlogs entries for the day, many of which come in from Down Under, where it’s already Monday.

It is my hope that outlining a deliberate practice will help me connect with readers more effectively, and allow them to better connect with me.

TwitterTwitter: @prnancarrow

Facebook: paula.reed.nancarrow

Linked In: paulareednancarrow


8 thoughts on “Social Practice

  1. paula, wanted to let you know i found out about MondayBlogs here and thoroughly enjoyed it. the sheer number of tweets was overwhelming, but worthwhile too.


    • Yes, it is a bit overwhelming, isn’t it? I started with the posts that interested me most, and only RT’ed what I had first read. But later, as I got to know people, it also became about introducing more people to my blog, as well as finding like minds. To do that I had to go beyond the limited number of people I could read in one day. I tend to use my retweets as bookmarks and go back to the ones I want to explore in more detail later in the week. At any rate, I’m glad I introduced you to MondayBlogs – it’s been a great motivator for me.


      • true, i’m slowly realizing i have to find a way to participate that works for me and still fits in with the overall activity, whatever that may be. thanks for sharing how you utilize MB. i’ll tweet you later this week, i’m trying something out on my blog.


  2. […] Paula Reed Nacarrow introduced me to MondayBlogs with her social practice page. It’s a twitter event that feels […]


  3. Hi Paula, I recently followed you on Twitter. You made me laugh, so I’m glad that I did. It can be exhausting trying to figure out who’s human and genuine on Twitter. This post is incredibly helpful. It sets expectations and allows people to know where you’re coming from. *makes mental note to do the same one day*

    I’ve only ever blogged about my social practice in jest (please delete the links / comment if inappropriate):

    My Rules on Twitter:

    No-One Gives a Shit About Your Blog:


    • Thank you James! I’m glad to know a real person too. I loved both those posts, and it would be an honor if a few others found them through my humble blog. (I also scheduled both of them for a RT – the older one on #ArchiveDay, more about that above.) Work has been keeping me pretty busy, so I apologize for the delay in approving the comment. LLAP!

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