#weekendcoffeeshare: Social Media Pandemonium

Remember last month I stated how the #weekendcoffeeshare at Part-Time Monster wasn’t active anymore? I found where it is active, The Daily Post. If this is something you’d like to do, whether it be weekly like it’s supposed to be or the way I do it once a month, you can get the lowdown about it at the link above. From what I read, I do mine a little differently but no one seems to mind enough to approach me about it.

Additionally, the hashtag of #weekendcoffeeshare is used lavishly on Twitter and Facebook. This might get more readers to your blog. 😉

#weekendcoffeeshare: Social Media Pandemonia
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If we were to have coffee…

I’ve requested to have our coffee-share at McDonald’s just north of the interstate. Since they got rid of the playground area and have revamped the play for actual adults, it’s become a favorite of mine. We drape our jackets over that backs of the chairs that are with a clean table along the front window. No one is waiting in line so getting our large flavored coffees is a snap today.

[Your dialogue is in purple. My dialogue is in teal.]

“Several of the writing blogs I follow are telling me I need to have an online platform, a brand, a presence, whatever they’re calling it this week. I know they’re probably right but this is the one thing I’m not fond of in the twenty-first century of writing.” I carefully take the lid off my container so the coffee will cool down a smidgen.

“It’s the price we pay for the freedoms we have now. I wonder how authors did it before the internet.” You sip your coffee cautiously.

“Maybe they hired publicists. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to afford one of those. Besides, I can’t see myself attending many book signings at bookstores. Most of the sales are at online outlets these days.”

I give out a yip. I’ve burned my tongue.

“Are you okay?” I nod and lean against the back of the plastic chair. “Have you joined and participated in any of the social media sites?”

“Oh yes, I’ve been on Twitter for a few years now. I also have an account at Google+ and belong to three groups there. I even went back to Facebook, as much as I hate it, and made myself a page.”  Delicately, I take a sip of the caramel coffee blend.

“Why don’t you like Facebook?”

“Things are written there that probably shouldn’t be written anywhere. It often gets rude and cruel.”

We sit in silence for a few moments watching the cars on the road.

You turn to me and say, “Do you know that Facebook has filters now so you can target your crowd a little?”

I smile at your attempt to sway me. “Yeah, I saw that just the other day. I need to investigate that more. Part of my problem is when I read what people write on my timelines and my one page, I’m wondering what they’re really after. So much of it looks like boring dribble to me. Is it a case of me not knowing how to be sociable on the internet?”

You let out a guffaw. “Haven’t you ever been to a cocktail party?” I shake my head. “Not ever?”

“Nope. I have been to some bars, though.”

“I didn’t realize you were the type.” You give me a sideways stare.

“Neighborhood bars with friends. No, I’ve never been a ‘pick-up’ at a bar.” I briefly give you a look of reprimand.

“Okay, think of social media sites as bars of different types. You’re still going to get a lot of the dribble you were talking about but if you scout around, you’ll find some interesting conversations.”

I raise my eyebrows and give a sigh. “So I have to spend more time with it, right?”

You take a swig of coffee before answering. “Yes, but you can do other things while you waiting for intelligence to arrive. Work on your WiP. Visit some blogs. Just peek in on the social media site every so often.” I peer at you with concern. “You’re an introvert so this takes a little more practice is all.”

People are starting to breeze in for lunch. We watch some of the characters who waltz in, making funny comments about them. Soon our coffee is gone and we leave to continue on with our day.

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What’s your take on social media sites?

Our conscience is not the vessel of eternal verities. It grows with our social life, and a new social condition means a radical change in conscience. ~Walter Lippma

 

That Contrite Decision

That Constrite Decision
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Have you ever been in that state of mind where you’re certain you can make the situation better with just a few tweaks? Nothing major, mind you. They’re the types of adjustments that show little on the surface, if at all, but you’re positive the changes will greatly improve your life in so way. After the choices are set in place, you may feel a little relief, giving you a sense of feigned tranquility. Of course, you don’t realize the calmness as being fake at the time.

I did such tweaking a few weeks ago. My hopes soared envisioning better organization. A diverse system of how I’d receive and send email depending on the reason for the transmission sounded ingenious to me. Individual compartments for different functions in total isolation from one another struck me as the way to go to help with the cognitive muddle that sometimes fogs my brain.

I set up a second email account at Gmail to handle all correspondence from WordPress.Com. The account I already had with Google, I designated for personal conversations. I set up my Outlook email account to receive and send from Twitter and blogs not affiliated with WordPress.

I felt a little off doing this adjustment though. There was a  personal paradoxical element to the matter. I’m not a fan of Google. Despite having an account at Google+ that I intend to keep and having that first email account with Gmail, I despise how the company tries to control the whole damn internet, making site owners jump through hoops of regulations and analysis tactics. Who decided their search engine had precedence over any of the others? But this is a whole other topic and I only bring up this much to explain the irony of my actions.

Five days ago I noticed how Google sites were sticking if more that one Google site was open in my browser. When a person has more than one Google account, the person has to open one in one of the next tabs while the one first opened is still in use. The person needs to click on his/her icon to do this. Just opening up another tab doesn’t work. You’ll end up back at that first account. Yes, ludicrous. The second tab of Gmail was sticking, forcing me to close my browser. True, I’m not using the Chrome browser. Windows doesn’t play well with Chrome anymore. My assumption is Google is trying to force me into buying a Mac or a Chrome book. Sorry fellas, but I’m poor. Besides, I hate Google trying to force me into doing anything at all. I refuse to let them become a monopoly. I deviated again. Sorry.

I finally had enough of the syrupy gooey mess associated with Gmail a couple of days ago. I changed my WordPress emails back to Outlook and forwarded all correspondence from the original Gmail account over to Outlook. The second Gmail account won’t be used. I’m just waiting for all the stragglers that may show up in that inbox so I can deal with them and delete that account.

Outlook isn’t fantastic by any means. It doesn’t always catch the junk before it dumps into the inbox. The options of design are minimal at best. Still, I like the setup there, which is, or in my opinion is the most important when choosing an email carrier site. I have two accounts with them although I just use the one. If I was ever to require the use of that second account, it could be done without ever opening another tab or window each time I’d want to use it. A much more efficient setup than at Google.

The idea of unrestricted separation to assist my mental shortcomings was a flop. This isn’t the first time I’ve tried doing something like this and I can’t expect it to be the last. I get in these moods of wanting to change something in the hopes of making everything better. It’s a complete emotional reaction to something that should be rational. Where it comes from is a mystery to me, except to say most thoughts of any kind that I have must go through the right side of my brain before hitting the left. I can’t even figure out when I get these zany ideas. Do they pop up when I’m trying to get out of a funk? Possibly, but I don’t know how that could be. Do they appear when I’m feeling exceptionally brave? I don’t think so but then again… Do these notions creep in what my brain needs a break from my WiP? Another possibility, although I can find better ways to spend my time.

I should pay more attention to this phenomena and maybe write about it.

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What do you think?

I have made decisions that turned out to be wrong, and went back and did it another way, and still took less time than many who procrastinated over the original decision. Your brain is capable of handling 140, 000 million bits of information in one second, and if you take hours or days or weeks to reach a vital decision, you are short-circuiting your most valuable property. – Jerry Gillies

 

Hankering Tasks

Hankering Tasks
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Daily chores, projects, and other efforts are going as expected these days. I’m not making progress by leaps and bounds, but nothing is at a standstill either. At some moment each week, usually on Sundays for reasons I can’t fathom, I mentally go through a list of things I’d like to have different. They aren’t the sort of visions that are impossible to obtain though. For instance, in my particular case, none of the desires include me miraculously becoming able-bodied. It just isn’t going to happen so there’s no reason to spend time thinking about such lunacy. These days, the ideas are explicitly small.

  • Change design on Twitter: As you can tell from here at my blog, I’m going more for the subdued colors. I want my favorite media sites to reflect the same for me. I’d do the same at Google+ but I can’t seem to change the background color there.
  • Do something other than post notices on Twitter: I always mean to get over there and do a little conversing with my followers and the ones I follow, but I’ve been letting time get away from me. I want to make more of an effort with this.
  • Change category and tag labels on my blog: I’ve done a little of this already, but I keep on playing with the idea of doing an entire revamping on this: change category names, consolidate some tags and add others, and make both more relative to what people are reading on my blog.
  • Check out other online writing platforms: I’m not thinking about blogging platforms per se, but I’m leaning toward making a site that may be more suitable for when I finally publish. It’s still a long ways off but I think the scouting around will help me with general motivation.
  • Edit past posts: I keep meaning to do this but because it isn’t a task I relish, I keep on putting it off. I know I’ll like both my blog and myself better if I get busy with it though.
  • Consider other designs at WP: I know that I’m completely fickle about this task. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know what I’m talking about. Some of the changes in designs that have been made at WordPress.Com aren’t to my liking at all. Reading material that goes all the way across the screen is difficult for me. Reading more up and down is easier on my eyes. I’m not saying I can read Chinese, and numerous columns aren’t much help either. The fonts have going bonkers. Are there people who really like the size of lettering that large? True, too small isn’t good either, but there should be a “middle of the road” concept in there someplace. I used to be able the change the header color — not anymore. Despite all my complaints about themes, I will try to work with it. I just have to research the individual designs more closely.
  • Sort out my stuff at Pearltrees: In case you didn’t know, Pearltrees is a site where you can take clippings, videos, photos, web pages, etc. and organize them with ease. Anything about writing that I find on the internet that I want to remember goes there within slots I’ve created. However, I’ve been noticing that I have some duplicates and information in the wrong place sometimes. It’s time for a cleanup job over there.

Maybe I should have had this list as New Year’s resolutions, but then, I’ve never been one to do that sort of thing. Besides, nothing on this list is going to make or break any goals I have. They’re just wants I’d like to take care of in the near future.

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What’s on your list of hankerings?

Optimism, unaccompanied by personal effort, is merely a state of mind, and not fruitful. – Edward L. Curtis

 

Weekly Recap 3/14

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Roxanne @ https://www.flickr.com/photos/4ever30something/

Even trying to think up a title for this type of post was mind-boggling. I like using words that many forget about, especially when it come to the title. But with this type of post, there isn’t a lot to choose from.

Here it is, for better or worse.

  • Ugly Baby Challenge Course – I still haven’t written enough flash fiction for this course. I have found a few fresh ideas for them though at @writingpromts over at Twitter.
  • WIP (work in progress) – I came across a whole series of posts at Janice Hardy’s Fiction University that changed my whole outlook on writing a novel. Way back last May, I started a story showing the journey of a woman, exhibiting how she changes with the experiences she has. A fourth of the way into the first draft, I realized I was running around in tangents. So what do I do? I put the project on the top shelf. Now with this series, I’m eager to try this story idea again.
  • The days of Spring seem to be upon us here in Tennessee judging the fact of how much rain we’re getting. Yes, it must be early because the rain isn’t suppose to come until April. It’s been making me feel down in the dumps so I’m turning on lights during the day to keep the inside of my home a little brighter. It is helping. If you’re having this feeling, you might want to try this. 😉

Well, that’s all for this first week of recaps. I’m hoping to expand as I go along here.

For those of you that aren’t getting this post until Sunday, I’ll try harder next week to get it out sooner. ❤

 

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award Regifted

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award Regifted
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Suzanne owns the blog, It Goes On. She started the blog as a kind of self-giving therapy. When I came across her posts, I was drawn in by her upbeat attitude and how she gives it so willingly to others.

Not even a month ago, I nominated her for this award. Yes, I was a little ruthless seeing that it was right in the middle of the holiday season. It took her a few weeks to get to writing a post for her award but she did get it done just as she told me she would. However, I didn’t have a clue to the fact that she was regifting the award to me again.

Suzanne, you’re as ruthless as I am.

The Sisterhood of the World Blog Award

Rules

  1. Provide a link to and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award.
  2. Answer ten questions.
  3. Nominate 10-12 blogs that you find a joy to read.
  4. Provide links to these nominated blogs and kindly let the recipients know they have been nominated.
  5. Include the award logo within your blog post.

The Ten Questions

  1. Your favorite colorCranberry Red
  2. Your favorite animal … Tiger
  3. Your favorite non-alcoholic drink … Coffee (Of course, I’m a western gal.)
  4. Facebook or TwitterTwitter (all the way)
  5. Your favorite pattern … ?? If this is about clothes, I’m partial to solids actually.
  6. Do you prefer getting or giving presents?… Giving. It’s just more fun.
  7. Your favorite number … 5
  8. Your favorite day of the week … Wednesday or Thursday. (I don’t have a clue as to why though.)
  9. Your favorite flower … Aster

What is your passion? … Writing, of course.

Ten Nominees

 

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