Lake Atitlan, Panajachel, Guatemala

“Reading and writing are acts of empathy and faith. Guard that trust carefully — in this rapidly changing business, it’s the only sure thing.” ~Erin Keane
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown

"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it."
~Jesse Stuart

"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Team Facebook

Lately I'm found more often lurking on Facebook instead of Blogger. It takes less time, posts are shorter, comments quick and easy. Or no comment at all if there's nothing to say. Just click Like. No captcha or scrolling up and down or trying to make a comment sound intelligent or clever or insightful when all I feel at that moment is dumb and dumber.

WiDo's marketing director plays on Team Google Plus. I enjoyed G+ when it first started, until they kept changing formats faster than a girl changing outfits for a big date. So I went back to play on Team Facebook.

If you're on Faceback, you can friend me here. I'll friend you back. I don't have an author page but if you have one I'll be happy to like it. With spending less time in Blogland I don't want to lose touch.

Which teams are you playing on most often these days?

Team Facebook?






Team G+?











Team Twitter?


Team Blogger?



Or one of the many other sites out there? Like Pinterest, which is hugely successful and highly addictive. Such pretty pictures!

Whichever way you play, I say THREE CHEERS for social media!!

31 comments:

  1. It seems like several blogger friends are leaving blogging for Facebook. I feel the exact opposite from the way you do. I have a FB account, but I don't use it. I know people don't mean to show off there, but I feel many do. Then I get all these friends requests from people I don't know. It looks like half of the people in New Orleans have the same last name as mine, as hubby has hundreds of relatives there, and they are all lined up to become friends. I know you can probably do something about it, but I don't feel like getting into all that.

    I like blogger because it allows me to be creative with my camera, often just finding a few words to accompany my photos, or, if I feel like it, post a story I have written, talk about a trip in more detail, show larger photos, and so on. Some blogger friends of mine write long stories about their daily life on the farm while others just post a photo that is a thing of incredible beauty. And I enjoy reading or looking a both.

    I'm working on learning to leave short comments that get to the point in order to save time so I can read more blogs. That's my greatest challenge on the blogs right now. As you can see from this long comment. But it's wonderful to see you back on your blog. And thanks for letting us know where you can be found.

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    1. Inger, I love how you have found your place and stick to doing what you enjoy on your blog. As my life has gotten more hectic I'm finding the time challenge a big influence in where I spend my social media hours. Mostly I skip around, but Facebook since it's so fast and easy now gets a look daily while Blogger unfortunately doesn't.

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    2. P.S. But I'm still here! However, like you I'm seeing blog posts updated less frequently and bloggers deserting the ship for other paradise islands. I really do think that time is the biggest factor in the changes. Along with all the new options out there.

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  2. I share my blog updates on Google+ but in general I've found that Facebook and Twitter users are more responsive.

    I keep the meat of my updates and promotion on my blog, but that's more for the freedom in how I present information and to keep my important posts in an easily-accessed archive. I rely on Facebook and Twitter for a lot of my traffic, and I have found it harder to get comments on the blog itself lately.

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    1. Paul, Maybe we've gotten spoiled with how fast and easy FB and Twitter are compared to leaving comments on a blog. I like how you always link your blog, FB and Twitter status updates. In fact, it's on FB that I usually see you've written a new blog post, which I always go read even if I don't always comment.

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    2. Thanks! :-)

      I figured it was a good idea to share updates on Facebook and Twitter. I know myself, I have such a long list of blogs in my feed that I can't keep up with them all. So it's the ones where the blogger shares to other social media that draw my attention the most.

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  3. Twitter is the easiest for me, followed by FB. I do still blog about once a week, but even that is getting harder to keep up with. I'm on Google+ and Tumblr, too, but those are sadly neglected. It's so easy to spread yourself too thin with social media.

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  4. I'm still with team blogger. Sorry, not on Facebook. I also visit Twitter every day, but I still haven't figured out Google+. Commenting faster would be a plus...

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    1. Alex, I had G+ figured out and really liked it until they turned it upside down. Everytime I go there now it looks different than the last time, which is my biggest beef with G+.

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  5. I'm still blogging but to a smaller audience. Which I kind of like. I've also deleted half of my blogroll so it's not so hard for me to keep up with who I need to.

    I messed around with Twitter a lot last year, but gave it up when it became like a second job. I've got to figure out how to Tweet without getting sucked in.

    I love Pinterest and love to create, but I just can't find the time right now. I've been writing a lot and dealing with family stuff, so social media has taken a back seat. Once the Monster goes back to school I may be able to breathe a bit.

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  6. I'm trying to do more with Facebook, but I get on there and start chatting, and that's dangerous.

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  7. I'm very active on Facebook, but I have to make myself post on my blog page. I love to write, but somehow, to me, I feel as though I must always have a polished "beginning, middle and end" with a real purpose before sending a blog post out into the world.

    Facebook is more like casual conversation--the kind you might have in the grocery store if all your friends, in different communities/states/countries used the same store.

    I've been told that a NEED a Twitter account, and I've listed its creation on my to do list for several months now. I have a feeling I will balk at that one, too---if on this one, I'm supposed to conserve words, shouldn't I SAVE those posts for things that are vitally important which can be addressed quickly? Amber alert! Storm Warning! One by land, two by sea! If it's not as important as these, should I muddy up the waves with extra words?

    And then there's the question of CAN I write that way? ( I AM a writer, and sometimes I really DON'T know how to shut up!) Will the Twitter police come in and strike out all but the main idea, or is that done on simply a word limit? ("It was a dark and stormy##Time's up!)

    Blogs intimidate me.Twitter scares me. Facebook simply feels like home.

    Any suggestions?

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    1. Elaine, If I were as successful as you are on Facebook, I doubt if I'd worry about much else. I think everyone you know on there has bought your book. And people love your writing voice (another reason they all bought your book) so posting a couple times a month on your website is important, even if it is a struggle. That way people who aren't your FB friends who read your book and want more Elaine Little can find you and see what you've got going on.

      So Facebook, website/blog, what else? Twitter if you like it. I personally enjoy Twitter. It's a challenge at first, like learning another language. I see people using it for all sorts of promotional purposes and I just don't get that. But I like Twitter, so I use it, and often have a hard time getting off.

      I agree with you that FB feels like home. Blogging also feels like home to me. Well, let's be honest, so does Twitter LOL. So those are my Big 3. I figure being active on 3 social media sites is a good job for a writer. My suggestion is to find your 2 or 3 comfortable places and go with them.

      Great comment, btw, thanks for adding to this discussion, Elaine!

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  8. I'm Team Goodreads!

    Blogger is a mystery to me at the moment. I despise Google + with a passion. I don't have time to navigate several screens in order to comment. I've never had so many followers, and yet so few posts on my blog roll to read.

    I'm getting better on Facebook. Less active now on Twitter.

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    1. Donna, Oh right I should have mentioned Goodreads because it's becoming so much more than just a book review site. It's set up a lot like Facebook only with the bookish theme. Wonder if it will move more in that direction? "so many followers and yet so few posts on my blog roll to read" pretty much defines blogging right now. I still love it however it seems to be more on the downward spiral rather than upward like it was a couple years ago.

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  9. Karen, I love Facebook for the same reasons you do. Quicker. I created an author page there too, which is fun. Love Twitter for information. Love Blogger for learning and getting to know others. Just joined Goodreads, but I'm still in the awkward stage.

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  10. I'm still pretty faithful to my blog but I'm also spending more time on facebook. I play on Pinterest some but that really is play.

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  11. I never joined Facebook, partly because I don't like taking pictures of myself; that's why I might as well just have a blog because my Facebook page would mainly have just have text on it. I'd like to join Twitter, though. I don't really understand how GooglePlus works but when I tried to join it tried to get me to put my real name on it; I don't want to do that.

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  12. Hi Karen! I post things once in a while on Facebook, but I really don't care much for it. I much rather write posts for my blog, and read my friends' blogs, etc! But, I promise not to lose touch with you!!

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  13. I'm on fb a lot. I have a lot of long-distance friends, and it's the perfect way to keep up. Also, I'm part of some fun groups with lots of banter, and that's highly entertaining. I have a google+ account, but I don't get how to use it, and when people's comments on my blog link to that profile, I usually can't find their posts. I have a Twitter account, but I only used it during The A-Z Challenge. All the other co-hosts, EVEN LEE!, had one so they kinda bullied me into it. I keep getting followers, so I suppose I should tweet something...
    I'm on blogger the most. Totally addicted.
    Good to see you!
    Tina @ Life is Good

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  14. It's blogger for me! I like FB and go there at least once a day, but I really don't have time to read about every little detail of a person's life. You are right though, you can cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time. It's also the easiest way to keep in touch with folks.

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  15. WiDo's Facebook page is one of the reasons I pop into the site. I haven't found a way to *like* the Facebook experience... ;) but I haven't stopped trying. I do like the opportunity it gave me to re-connect with precious people from long ago and far away.
    I have found Blogger to be a fabulous outlet for my too-opinionated writing-self, and a place to really get to know people. Some are surprisingly candid, and leave me feeling enriched for reading their posts. DS claims Tumbler give him the same. Note to self: maybe I should check it out.

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  16. Hi Karen .. I've been very happy just blogging, building up relationships and generally reading and 'listening' around the internet.

    Now I need to move on and out - so am developing new projects and will by necessity need to get on FB and Twitter .. not so happy about G+ .. but I guess it's grit my teeth and learn.

    Good for you - but I miss seeing you here .. just do not know how people find time for it all!

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. Hi Hilary, I really like your new profile picture!

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  17. Hi, Karen,

    I certainly need to be more active in Facebook... I have a personal page, but I need to do a page for the new service and to keep in better touch with author friends.

    Definitely miss seeing you around the blogosphere!

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  18. I'm on G+ too but rarely click on it. I read FB posts too, just to catch up with friends, and like you, don't comment much. But I like just leaving a smile to show I read it or some very quick comment. I think I post an update about once a month just to keep the account active.

    I think we're already FB friends, but I'll click on the link just to be sure. I don't have an author page either; my blog is my author page :)

    .......dhole

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  19. FB lately, but I am now gravitating back to blogger. I can only take so many happy kitty pictures and wonky axioms before I implode. Still, FB is nice to keep in touch with my non-writer friends.

    - Eric

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  20. Fantastic post! Particularly loved the "those might lead to something like sales" regarding Twitter followers. :D

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  21. I must admit, I get very confused by the array of social media platforms that are out there right now. I mostly network through Blogger and I'm gradually spreading my way into Twitter.
    Facebook not so much for networking and G+ confuses me every time I go on there.
    I'm sure I'd be fine if I had the time to sit down and work them all out properly, but I don't want to spread myself too thinly at this point.

    Great post!

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  22. I really love Facebook the best. You know my feelings about Blogger--I have a love/hate relationship with it. Mostly I love the people I have met along the way. Like you!

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