At first, I was very excited about my blog’s associated Facebook page. I have recently been trying to make it a better place for people who like the blog. Something about the constantly-displayed statistics seems to just make me want to keep improving. I considered making it a home for my blog awards.
Now I notice I’m having lots of questions about the point of the page to begin with. Maybe you guys feel similar things with your Facebook blog pages, or maybe you have some useful feedback for these questions.
Feelings About Blog Awards:
I love blog awards in some ways, especially when I get them from someone that I admire, or when they show me that someone really did appreciate our connection.
My problem is, embarassingly, partially one of aesthetics. For the most part, I don’t like how they look on the side of my blog. I’m sort of a control freak like that. Also, I am not a fan of having a post devoted entirely to questions.
Another control freak thing. Furthermore, and most importantly, I would feel bad about people that I didn’t nominate due to a faulty memory.
Back to the Facebook Question:
For these reasons, I was going to try and incorporate the WordPress blogging awards onto my Facebook page.
The idea was inspired by HeartMama nominating me and tagging my blog’s Facebook page via her Facebook page. I figured, why not get two birds and just put all my blog awards there, which would help me to accept them while still keeping the aesthetic of my blog and also putting more pretty things on the lonely Facebook page? Then I realized a few problems.
- Not all bloggers that nominate me have Facebook pages.
- Not all Facebook fans would want to hear about awards.
This got me thinking about the value of the Facebook page in general and what my intentions are for it. Is it really helping me or my readers? Does it serve any purpose at all?
Values Of The Enjoy Life For Once Facebook Page
I see it as a way to share things more easily than through the blog. Instead of making a post about something and editing it eighty times, I can just put out a quick little blurb. Sometimes a couple of people even see them or like them. Fast, easy, relieving, rewarding.
Ideally, it would be a place to toss out ideas and see which ones are invigorating on a wider scale; to see which ones ring true, seem useful, or are valuable to people. Those would be useful reflections to help with creating a fulfilling and ultimately useful blog.
There is also an opportunity for conversation there. Instead of being a comment section of primarily WordPressers (as unbelievably awesome as you guys are), it is a comment section of people who are on Facebook too, and it also provides the opportunity for people to share their things in the form of a wall post. That seems pretty cool. Plus, if you aren’t checking your reader but are checking your feed, you can get a tiny dose of Enjoy Life for Once there.
Some people are wondering about that other bite-sized instant gratification site known as Twitter.
What About Twitter for Instant Writer’s Gratification?
My infatuation with Twitter is declining rapidly. It seems like a great place to share tidbits…but when it comes right down to it, posting anything there makes me feel like I’m trying to yell in a room of someone else’s toddlers. The few people I do care about are swallowed up by people I followed to be nice, and I feel bad unfollowing them all, so there we have it.
So I remain left with the question. What good is my Enjoy Life Facebook page serving, if any? Is there a way to generate more community there, where we can remember to be mindful in the face of the beast? That’s where I personally love having it.
Does your WordPress blog have an associated Facebook page, and is that working out for you? Can you leave a link in my comments so that I can find it if I haven’t yet? (sometimes that is hard for me even if I love your blog, I apologize)
Do you use the Enjoy Life Facebook page, and if so, what is the most useful thing about it to you, and do you have any ideas for improvements or things that would make you more likely to use it?
Are there blog-facebook hybrid resources that I just don’t know about?
Hope you all have a fulfilling weekend!