Publicize – Results from my First Test

So, as I mentioned yesterday, I was testing out Publicize on multiple channels. I think the test was pretty successful. The Twitter feed here on the site does not show the post to Twitter, as advertised – which is good, because otherwise you would see the post, with a Tweet next to it telling you the post was there. As I’ve mentioned before, Twitter is less of a reader and more of… something else. One of its better uses being perhaps its ability to feed into other things, like the WordPress sidebar, or Facebook. More on that below.

I ran into one snag: When shared on Tumblr, the blog post then kicked in the automatic share there – effectively, Tumblr’s version of Publicize. This resulted in two Tweets. The one from Tumblr also ended up in the sidebar here on the blog. It looks like my Facebook had been logged out on Tumblr, otherwise I imagine it would have ended up there twice as well. This was easily solved – I have turned off these automatic shares on Tumblr, but am still linked in where I should be able to share when I want to from within Tumblr.

From here, I have some further thoughts on Publicize… check out what I’m thinking, and then maybe let me know your experiences with it! (Also, I have just learned how to embed a tweet: http://en.support.wordpress.com/twitter/twitter-embeds/…)

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Standing in a room shouting: Rethinking Twitter

Meta! A Tweet embedded in a tweet as a blog post about a blog post.

Meta! A Tweet embedded in a tweet as a blog post about a blog post.

The other day, we were talking about social media, and especially about Twitter. And from my experience with Twitter so far, I remarked that Twitter is a lot like a bunch of people standing in a room shouting.

It’s a marketing tool, I suppose. I certainly use it that way, like most blogs, and like my professor recommended: tweet each of your blog posts. But the more people you follow, the more that reading Twitter is an insurmountable task. I looked away from Twitter while writing these first two short paragraphs: 7 new tweets.

I am finding that Twitter is not particularly a good place or way to read what people are writing and putting out there. Which begs the question, how should tweets be read?

What good does Twitter do us?

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Still Alive

As GLaDOS would say, I’m still alive.

As it goes, blogging with a full time job is rough. Especially when I am working 50+ hour weeks. Hiring and training. Also, Borderlands 2. A vacation. These things.

I haven’t been doing much of any writing. Not much on Tumblr. Or Twitter. Or for my own purposes. I have some small starts. Photos for my local short story, for use on Tumblr. I am thinking about going with a cruise rather than a hotel for my multi-character story (guess I’ll have to take notes on my cruise next month…). I tried writing up the Dungeons & Dragons game I am playing in, talking through events after the fact. Didn’t seem like a good use of time. But then, setting it aside, I haven’tput anything else in its place.

So what does the blogger do when they have fallen off the wagon? That’s the piece that’s not mentioned in class, the harder side of blogging. Most blogs seem to get started full of fire on the writer’s part, then fade. So what do I do?

First, I have been doing at least one thing successfully. I have been reading some blogs on an almost daily basis. Granted, they’re on Tumblr, but it presents the posting really well. And I have reblogged a couple of good things, kind of fun.

Meaning second, I want to find a good RSS reader, to follow my other blogs. Any recommendations?

Because if I can keep up with reading blogs, it will keep me involved with blogging, and the writing will follow.

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