Social Media Ranking: Who Do You Believe?

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.

Outtake from the movie Serenity. Not sure if the © is Universal Studios or Disney

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?

With curiosity,
Pip 🙂

©Pip Miller – January 2020


How Do YOU Worry?

I’m still working with bits and pieces of “Write It Down, Make It Happen, which I mentioned in a previous post, and one of the chapters is called ‘Addressing Fears and Challenges’. In it she writes about someone who used her journal to write about a huge goal she had made for herself (“I want to go live in Europe, and travel in Europe”), never neglecting the fears that went along with that goal.

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Klauser writes that, “Her journal became a place to park her worries. Writing out her fears spared her “either/or” thinking. Fears and ambition could coexist.”, and that, “Writing made her feelings speed bumps, not roadblocks. Feelings might slow down her pace, but not stand in her way.”

I found this chapter to be of particular interest as I found myself not writing in my journal very often any more because I’ve been trying to ‘be more positive’, ‘focus on gratitude’, and a lot of other ‘shoulds’, that, while merited, are sometimes overwhelmingly ‘fluffy bunny’  and…stifling.

We do not exist in a world that is only filled with positive things, and to deny the existence of the negative is to essentially close our eyes to half of ourselves. NO one, not one single person on the planet, is positive all the time (not even the Dalai Lama, I’ll bet you), and if we pretend those sad, scared, normal feelings aren’t there, it just makes them bigger in the long run. You can’t brush them under the carpet, so to speak, because somehow, some way, they show will up and sometimes it’s in ways you can’t ignore (like an illness).

We have to allow ourselves the freedom, without fear of reprimand, to express ourselves fully so that we can release what’s inside and go on with our lives. Free the journals!! 😉 I have a button that says, “Kick at the darkness until it bleeds light”…we need more in-our-journals kicking, don’t you think?002

That’s a collection of some of my old journals, in which there is much whinging, but also joy. And some really bad poetry. 😉 Without those journals, I’d have been a quivering mess of fears and shyness, and most likely living in a cave somewhere, too afraid to step out into the world. Those journals helped me get it all out, leaving room in my head to notice the little things that made my days better, and I will always be thankful that I first started writing in one way back in high school.

Not long ago I’d purchased a spiral 5 subject notebook (I use them the most anymore, plus, it has a hummingbird on the cover -sticker ©Jody Bergsma!), and I’ve barely written anything in it at all. There’s always a lot on my mind, swirling and bouncing and keeping me slightly just this side of crackers, but I’ve been too afraid to write it down and “put it out there to the universe”. I need to get it out, and I’m sure the universe will understand and not create 7 levels of hell for me because of it. 😉

Do you write freely in your journal, or have you found that you’ve been stifling yourself, too?

©Pip Miller – April 2015

PS: a reminder that I am donating all monies from purchased sessions to my friend’s Avon 39 Walk. The walk is in September, so this will be going on at least until July. Help yourself, and help others, too!

Browncoats and Breast Cancer Research

Fund a friend, save a life…or many.

secondMy friend, a Browncoat, has become an advocate for breast cancer research by joining Avon’s “39. The Walk to End Breast Cancer“, which is, if you aren’t aware, a 39 MILE walk in two, yes, T.W.O days. That, by my calculations (as the first day is 29 miles) is about an 8-hour walk the first day. Can you walk 8 hours? I know I damned sure can’t. 😉

We all know someone who has, has had a bout with, has a had scare over, or has…heaven forbid…died from breast cancer. We, as women, hold so many emotions in, and many times it manifests as breast cancer. And many times, it’s purely genetic or a toss of those gorram nasty dice. We never know what really causes it, and the why doesn’t matter. The what next does.

And by funding her walk, we are contributing to the health of women (and girls and men…yes, men get it, too) across the world. So…

Purchase a session from me on my website, and all that Paypal doesn’t take will be donated straight to her fund. Every single penny. Or, hell, donate directly to her page!

Help everyone who may be touched by breast cancer by purchasing a session, or help yourself – or gift the session to someone else!

We can beat this gorram disease. We just have to raise enough coin to do so.

Let’s raise it, people. And save future generations from this awful disease.

           ©Pip Miller – April 2015

PS: I’ve really been fighting the women stereotypes of late, but that little pic made me laugh out loud. 😉

Boosting the Signal


I’ve added a few more sites to my social media list! My new favorite  is Instagram (this link is wonky and I can’t seem to fix it; there’s a link on the list to the right of this post)..I am in love with this! I love that when you follow someone, what you are seeing is ONLY their pictures; no shares or endless reposts of witty sayings or cats. 😉 It can be linked to Twitter (though I’m having an issue with that), Tumblr, Facebook, and a couple others. Since it’s owned by Facebook, it doesn’t link to G+. 😉

My plan is to send Instagram pics and blog posts to all sites, but beyond that, each site will have its own interaction – I’ve decided to end cross-posting between all of them. On the one hand it makes things easier, but on the other, if you’re following me on more than one site, you end up with repetitious info, and what’s the point in that?

Happy March!!!!!

©Pip Miller – March 2015

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