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.
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.
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