April 21, 2010

follow_bird-a Twitter. Facebook. LinkedIn.

As a very SOCIAL person, the lure of social media is a lot like the mythical “siren’s song” for me. The attraction is just TOO MUCH to resist – but the time investment when I succumb can easily sink my writing “ship.”

Okay… enough fanciful analogies. What I really want to share is that I had a BREAKTHROUGH regarding social media this weekend.

I attended the Nebraska Writer’s Guild’s Spring Conference at Mahoney Park this weekend where author and social media maven Jill Hart taught us how to use social media effectively.

One of the biggest takeaways from Jill’s talk was her explanation of the differences between the social media. She said Twitter is a media that moves REALLY fast. This is for people who like instant, ongoing conversations with their “followers.” Facebook is more relational – and can be done at your own pace. And LinkedIn is more about business networking.

j0378554Of course… I had already signed up for all three networks (plus a couple others – NING and ShoutLife). The problem was that I rarely updated my pages. Too much “fun” – too little time.

Jill helped me to understand that Facebook is my best bet because I am all about relationships. Plus… at my age… I don’t like to be rushed – so Twitter is not a good choice. And I left the corporate world for a reason – and have no desire to return to it via LinkedIn.

It’s also interesting to note that Facebook has been the one social network I’ve updated the most the past year because it’s such fun for a chatty chick like me. : )

BTW – Jill also told us that you can automatically update Twitter whenever you post to FB. I just need to figure out how…

Jill – if you get this on Google alerts.. please chime in!



April 11, 2010

If you’ve wanted one of those “high-end” gardening stations, but don’t want to pay the “high-end” price, check out the ideas here to build your own.

It uses inexpensive, readily available materials – and, best of all, looks like it’s a snap to put together.

Weekend project?