August 20, 2020

Blog status update (August 2020): My Facebook page is back (yet again)

In this month's blog status update, I've brought back the site's Facebook page (again).

Blog status update (August 2020): My Facebook page is back (yet again)

Time for another blog status update…

Facebook and Instagram pages return (again)

Facebook app on phone
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Since the last time I wrote one of these updates, I’ve rearranged and pared down some unused social networks. I’ve also, probably against better judgement, decided to mainly focus on the “Big Three”: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I figured it’d be easier to stick with the most popular ones; as such, I’ve opted to revive my Facebook and Instagram pages.

Note my feelings about Facebook haven’t really changed—I’d still like to see something better come along. However, reality also seems to dictate that short of a meteor hitting Facebook’s headquarters, the average internet user (such as my relatives or some online friends) won’t use anything else. (One of numerous reasons why Facebook’s dominance is problematic.) Thus, I may as well offer a token Facebook presence for those that wish to subscribe (and then only see my new posts on a hit-and-miss basis, per Facebook’s algorithms).

As for Instagram, it’s still Facebook owned and saddled with algorithms, but somewhat less obnoxious. As I just want a place to post the occasional photos, it’ll do. But again, it’d be nice to see something not Zuckerberg owned that’s actually mainstream in use (seeing as federated solutions like Mastodon and Pixelfed haven’t taken off as I’d hoped). Flickr still exists, but isn’t as popular as it once was. I suppose sharing the occasional photo on Twitter still works.

Anyway, for those who want to follow me on Facebook and Instagram, here’s my pages:

New blog posts only twice a week?

WordPress blogger
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I’ve been considering whether to cut down the number of new blog posts to just twice a week, from the current three.

When I first launched the blog, I tried posting every day (or close to it), and eventually found that was definitely overkill. I pared back to five times a week, but even that was resulting in burnout.

I’ve been on the current three posts a week schedule since mid-2017. While it’s mostly been OK, I still have trouble coming up with topics sometimes, which often eats into time available for actual writing (i.e., between coming home from work and going to bed). At worst, I’ve ended up skipping a few days altogether, resulting in two-post weeks anyway.

There’s also that much of the blog’s traffic is going toward a certain handful of older posts, versus the newest ones I’ve written. It might mean I don’t need to update the blog quite as frequently?

Finally, a twice a week schedule might allow me to come up with better topics, or better written ones. It’d also cut down a bit on filler material (*cough*blog status updates*cough*).

That said, I’d still post a third post in a week if needed, such as some major emergency or event occurring. (Remember the time my blog went offline for the better part of a week a few years ago? On second thought, maybe I don’t want to remember that..)

How would you feel about a twice a week posting schedule? Or do you miss the more frequent blog updates?

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