When I had Instagram, I used Linktree and it was exclusive to Instagram. Now you can use it on any site, and that’s fantastic! You can add multiple links to it, including your latest blog post, particular categories (cooks link to things like breads, dinners, breakfast, etc). And you can change it at any time, so if you add a new social media site, or drop one, it’s all in one place. Easy-peasy!
PS: I’ve done it numerous times over the years, always for the same reason, then I’m pulled back, but I simply cannot put more money in Zuck’s pockets in light of his continuing support and promotion of those who want to destroy our democracy, so I have dropped Instagram once and for all. I dropped Facebook years ago, thankfully. I miss all the people who only use Instagram now, but I have to go with my conscience. You can find me on Twitter, though!
PPS: Came across this on Tumblr, and wanted to pass it along! An easy way to donate to causes just by simply opening a browser tab! I haven’t tried it since I don’t have Chrome or Firefox, but I know a lot of you do. It’s called Tab for a Cause. Check it out!
I’ve been trying to think of an easier way to contact me for sessions, since some people need a session now, not later when I check my email or Instagram, and I remembered Telegram. It’s encrypted, so you’re not sharing your medical ailments with whomever is reading your texts as they wing their way across the Cortex (aka internet), and it doesn’t require sharing phone numbers to contact each other as Signal does. It also has a desktop mode, too, which is nice for oldie-moldies like me who still prefer them. 🙂
What do you think? Would you use it to contact me?
In other news, we’re having weather! There are drops falling from the sky, and loud noises in the atmosphere! It’s glorious! It’s also cold. lol
Here it came in like a lamb; sunny, chilly, some clouds, and finally a few sprinkles. Mild. Which makes me wonder how the end of the month is going to be. 🙂
Yesterday I was wandering through links, going from one topic to another, and I came across this blog post by Laura McKowen about Digital Minimalism. Now anyone who has followed me for any length of time knows how I feel about social media overwhelm, so that subject jumped out and grabbed me. The Kindle book she mentions was $1.99, so I bought it and began reading.
There’s just too much to say about this book, so I recommend what she does: read it. And you might want to download an app called Moment, it tracks how log you spend staring at your device’s screen.
The basic jist of the book is to take a 30-day detox from all non-essential technology. Including video games, Netflix, etc. And then making a plan to use the essential ones in a more time-efficient manner. He even talks about how people who get online to read the news or news sites can do so without eating hours of their day.
The key during the detox is to do other things. Don’t just sit around, thinking about what’s going online. No, resume hobbies you’d dropped when your smartphone seemingly became glued to your hand, go for walks, play with your children uninterrupted, read books (offline if you use a Kindle or other ebook reader), learn to knit, write actual letters (my plan), etc… The goal is to fill your life with activities like you used to before the internet. And then when the 30 days are up, decide what you really, really want to add back, and consider why; does it add value to your day, your life? If Twitter drives you nuts, why do you want to jump back on? If scrolling through staged photos on Insta depresses you in the end, why download it again? For your business, what sites do you feel good using, and do they add to your business? This all needs to be considered before diving back into the internet. And, as he says, you may find that less definitely is more. McKowen herself has a list of all the accounts she deleted, and it’s not small. Nor were the number of followers on them. But she chose what aligns best with her values.
What is all this leading to? Yeah, you knew it. 🙂 My birthday is the 9th, next Monday, so beginning then I won’t anywhere but here, the newsletter, and email for 30 days. I want my focus to be my energy work, not falling into YouTube rabbit holes, or looking at ridiculously gorgeous bujo pics, or raging at what’s going on in the world for hours and hours. I need a break. That means on the desktop, too. I can only log into the sites I’ve chosen, once a day, no more. I’ve removed all apps except Signal from my phone (really!) and I know Twitter is going to be really, really difficult for me to give up, but it’s gone from my phone and tablet and promised myself that I won’t download it during the 30 days. Haven’t decided where or how I’ll get news, but I’ll figure it out before then.
If you were to do this, what technologies do you consider vital? Would you be able to do a 30-day detox? Do you want to play along?
And as always, I’m available for distance Heart’s Peace Healing sessions! They are what brings my life joy, no question about it. Your feedback absolutely makes my day, sometimes my week! So please, don’t hesitate to purchase a session, or mention my work to that friend you have with fibro or chronic migraines; I can’t cure them, but I can help them feel better. And honestly, that means a lot when chronic pain is your life.
As I mentioned in my last post, I’m researching better marketing and other things to help build my business, and one of the things I was wondering is which social media sites are the most used? Facebook is first, across the board, but every other site changes rank depending on which site you read.
For instance, this site ranks YouTube 2nd and Instagram 3rd, with Twitter 6th and Tumblr 10th; this has YouTube 2nd, WhatsApp 3rd, Twitter not even on the list (?!), Instagram 6th, and Tumblr 8th, while yet another has Instagram 2nd, Twitter 3rd, and Tumblr 4th.
Who do you believe?? How do you choose the best platforms for your business in that case? I read alot that you should use the platform that has your tribe, the one where prospective clients hang out. But how do you know which one that is until you try all of them?? And then there’s living your values, and one of mine is not using Facebook. I still wrestle with Instagram – pictures are fun and everyone is on it! – but still, the work I do doesn’t lend itself well to pictures, and there’s always that white supremacist running the show aspect to deal with.
How did you decide on the platforms you use? Do you use ones you don’t really want to use because of the ‘everyone is on it’ aspect? What happened to Pinterest? Inquiring minds want to know. 🙂
One last question: where do you feel blogging plays in to all of this? Is it the most important tool in your business? Is it email marketing? Newsletters? None of the above?
Can you believe that 2019 is almost over? Boy, what a year, right? Hoping next year is better!
I was going through my pages and posts, making sure the links are correct (I’m not all the way through, so don’ t be surprised if you come across an old link…if you are reading older posts), updating a post here or there…and I decided that to usher in the new year, I’m dropping my prices for January. With everything going on, my thought is that money is the what’s keeping people from purchasing sessions, so I’ve made it easier. No, they aren’t free (Lol), because as I wrote a while ago, alternative healers’ time is valuable, just as with any service you use.
30-minute sessions are now $30, and the 60-minute Dare is $60, changing the 90-minute to $80. I think those are reasonable prices, and I hope you will, too.
I haven’t been posting a lot of pictures online about it, but we have two roadrunners that come to the birdbath every day, and now they expect a little snack, too. My other half started giving them a bit of lunch meat, and now they show up, looking for it. The bolder of the two has started doing this, too:
I can hear it (telling the difference between a male and a female is damn near impossible, from what I’ve read) saying, “Hello? Second breakfast? You’re late.” This one “talks” to us, and will let me get within a foot of it! It’s amazing to see all the colors they really are, not just the brown and white that you first see, and how completely different they look when on guard, sunning, or going all camo under the bushes. I love it!!
Just call me “the Bird Woman”, hashtag #birdtheater. 😉
This morning I was reading through a notebook I have, filled with scribbles and quotes and manifestos, all relating to my energy-shifting work. Some ideas popped into my head, but I got a bit overwhelmed and decided to check Twitter.
I have two accounts, one public, and every single time I read that one, my head wants to explode with regards to what is going on in this country and how excellently someone’s diversionary tactics are working. People miss the true stories in the flurry.
Every day there are more and more horrors being perpetrated without repercussions, climate change is beyond ignoring, and every single one of us, even those who try to ignore it all, are affected.
All this stress and anxiety is wearing on us, bit by bit, and sometimes it feels as if there’s no way to deal with it.
I can help. No, I can’t fix the current administration, nor can I cure your chronic anxiety or depression, but I can give you a bit of relief for a while.
You don’t have to drive anywhere (though I would recommend not driving during your session), wear anything special, stop what you’re doing (you can, obviously, if you like)…heck, you don’t even have to believe in energetic shifting! No matter what you do or believe, it always help you in some way; sometimes in big, obvious ways, and sometimes in light, subtle ways (check out my Testimonials page to see how it has affected people).
30-minute sessions are $30. We can go longer if you’d like, or if you really want a deep shift, there’s my favorite session, Dare the Possibilities (this one tends to put people to sleep for the deep healing boost).
All you need to do is make your payment here (put your email address in the notes just in case, please!), and I’ll contact you within 24 hours and we’ll set up a time! Easy-peasy. 🙂
Seriously. They both have free accounts for us little people with features that are amazing, but neither has ALL the features, so I go back and forth between the two, trying to find the right one to use so I’m not wasting billable time for my clients.
Check out the basic differences:
Buffer. Buffer rocks images. It pulls them up for all three of the big sites, no problem, and allows customization (whether in images or text) of each account without the need to create three different posts. Here, it’s telling me that these are the image options for Twitter, and the exclamation point next to the Instagram logo will probably show me the same. FB is already good to go.
Hootsuite, no images for Twitter. All you get is a link. And no customization.
Now, yes, I could take the extra time to save an image from the article, then attach it, but why when I don’t have to on Buffer, right? And customizing three separate posts is, again, time consuming.
Buffer also allows differing posting schedules for each account. You can see how this is for the FB page alone. This is fantastic. BUT, and this is the big one: no auto-scheduling. So you have to figure out/guess which are the best times to post to each account. Buffer used to have a thing you could click on that would show your best times, but it disappeared.
Hootsuite’s scheduling is for all accounts at once. But, it does have auto-scheduling. Auto-scheduling is da bomb.
Hootsuite let’s you see the likes, comments, rt, etc on your accounts (but not likes on Instagram), which is great because I do NOT like logging in to FB if I don’t have to. Ever. This causes me to use both Buffer and Hootsuite for one particular client.
Buffer, not so much. They used to show you the info, but maybe it’s now part of the paid accounts, I don’t know.
One last thing: they both allow 3 accounts for their free plans. Buffer allows 10 per account, and Hootsuite says 30, but I can’t remember if that’s 10 per, or 30 per.
So, really, what I want it all the Buffer awesomeness, with Hootsuite’s auto-scheduling and ability to see post activity and reply to comments.
I wanted to write a blog post today, but nothing seemed important enough (that could be the problem…it shouldn’t need to be “important”), and then there was a tweet from The Bloggess about this post, “Let’s Be Friends“. So now I’m reading the comments, checking blogs, and following new people. All hail the #bloggesstribe!