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Social Network Overload (SNO)

Have we reached a saturation point with Social Networks? I maintain accounts on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, Twitter, RVillage as well this blog on WordPress. There are times I feel like I am suffering from the effects of SNO.

Facebook

FB StartI started Facebook in 2008 based on the suggestion of my daughters. It took me a while to get the hang of it. Now I use it daily to communicate with my friends. Next to blogging, Facebook is my most active social network application.

LinkedIn

LinkedInI cannot remember when I initiated my LinkedIn account. I remember that it was a great way to network with my professional peers across the US and other countries. Prior to retirement, I was a corporate education manager and had a need to connect to other corporate education professionals outside of my home town of Corpus Christi, Texas. Since retirement, I still maintain connection with many of my pre-retirement professional network. I have expanded my network on LinkedIn to include several who are in the RVing world like I am.

Google+

Google+Shortly after Google opened Google+ to everyone in September 2011, I initiated my Google+ account. I already had an email account and a blog account on Google. It made sense to me to continue down Google avenue. I liked the idea of circles and felt Google+ was easier to use and manage than Facebook. The number of connections I have on Google+ are meaningless if my postings go unnoticed. At the moment with Google +, I feel like I am talking but no one is listening. Therefore, I am seriously considering closing my Google+ account. This blog post will auto post on my Google+ account. I’ll let you know if I get any feedback from anyone in my Google+ circles.

I have to be careful with that since Google has integrated most Google apps. I have files on Google Drive, photos in Picasa Web and Google+.

Twitter

TwitterI know Twitter is the place to post short messages of 140 characters or less. I just have never gotten the hang of tweeting. Maybe one day there will be a Tweeting101 course like Blogging101.

Instagram

InstagramInstagram’s primary purpose is mobile photo and video sharing. I got involved with Instagram in November 2013 after reading a couple of blogs focused on photography. I plan to keep this active because I do take a lot of photos with my phone.

RVillage

RVillageRVillage is a social network designed for RVers. It is designed to make it easy for RVers to find other RVers based on location. As an example, I am currently in Amarillo, TX. Using RVillage, I can easily find other RVers in the Amarillo area. Or if I wanted to chat with RVers in Harrisonburg, VA, I could search that location in RVillage and find RVers who are in Harrisonburg.

One new feature just implemented in RVillage is MarketPlace. Members of RVillage can submit business recommendations on RVillage. Then when an RVer arrives in a new area, they can search MarketPlace for that area and see merchants that have been recommended by other RVers. That is pretty cool. I’ll save the details of RVillage for another blog post.


Are you experiencing the effects of SNO? I hope not. Thanks for stopping by, y’all come back now.

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Resolved

Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution that you kept? I have. Problem is I cannot remember when it was. But I do remember what it was?

I resolved to no longer make New Year’s Resolutions.

Like, said, I cannot remember what year that was made. I guess that implies it was a long time ago.

Having said that, now why would I make such a resolution? There was a period of time when I had trouble keeping such commitments. I am sure I never really thought about what it meant to keep resolutions. So it only made sense to stop making them.

Now, this is interesting that this would be the topic for today. The other day, I saw the following clip on a friends Facebook post. Normally, I glance at these type of Facebook postings and move on. Occasionally, I will make a comment on the post. Rarely will I share the post.

7 things to give upAs I read through these 7 simple yet profound statements, I thought about the timeliness of my friend posting this. Then it struck me like a 2×4 on the forehead – these are my 2015 resolutions.

Now that presents a dilemma. If I adopt these statements as my New Year’s resolutions, then my last kept resolution becomes a broken resolution. OK, so how do I get past this dilemma? My solution is to not call this list of 7 things to give up my New Year’s resolutions. I still want to adopt them as my modus operandi for 2015. So what do I call these?

Maybe I should take the authors hint and call them 7 things to give up in 2015. That’s what I’ll do. These are my 7 things I will give up in 2015.

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? More importantly, do you keep the resolutions you make? If you don’t why bother? If you do, good for you.

By the way, I did share this post on my Facebook timeline.

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Feedly – The Friendly News Reader

Just like Dad, I was an avid newspaper reader. This is how I got my daily dose of ‘news’. In fact one of my early jobs was delivering the Houston Chronicle newspaper.

DSC_2094 That was in my BC (Before Computers) days.  Somewhere around 2006, I realized news was more readily available on-line and it was free. Yes, I knew it may not be accurate, but then what made newspapers more accurate than on-line news? In many cases, it all came from the same source – AP, or other syndicated news feeds.

Prior to hitting the road as a full-time RVer, I scoured the internet for news from others RVers. I wanted to hear from them about their experiences living full-time in their RV. I found several people had created travel log using a web applications like Typepad  that Howard/Linda Payne use and MyTripJournal that Fred/Jo Wishnie use.

I can remember those early days of spending hours going through my bookmarked pages reading updates from my RVing buds. I would click on bookmark after bookmark finding some of my buds had not updated their postings.

I created our first blog using Google Blogspot in 2008, then moved the blog to WordPress 2012. Both of these products had readers that I could use but I never liked their layout.

Eventually, I stumbled upon Feedly – a news aggregator.  Wikipedia defines a news aggregator,  also termed a feed aggregator, feed reader, news reader, RSS reader or simply aggregator, as a client software or a web application which aggregates syndicated web content such as online newspapers, blogs, podcasts, and video blogs (vlogs) in one location for easy viewing.

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The main things I like about Feedly is that I can access my feeds from all my devices. It reminds my of reading a newspaper again. Only I control the news I want to see. Keep in mind that my news sources are my family and RV bloggers. I get enough depressing news from AP sources. I prefer to keep my daily reading on the up swing.

I have found that (reading blogs) is a great way to keep up with friends and family. Blogs take more effort to write than posting on Facebook and Twitter. Blogs certainly contain richer content. Do you blog? I imagine most of our followers do. Perhaps you can let me know why you do or do not blog.

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Basic Instructions

I decided to move our blog from Google Blogger to WordPress. It took me a few days of tinkering but I believe all the hooks are in place for the blog to be operational and I did not loose my email in the process.  Without getting technical, let’s just say I had to get all the components talking to each other.

I like WordPress as a blogging tool. Google Blogger is a good product. I just always liked WordPress better. The user interface on WordPress has improved greatly. So let me give you a little tour.

Across the top of the page, you will see these links.

Home – click here to return to the starting page

Contact Us – click this to leave us a private message.

Places We’ve Stayed – click this to see the RV parks and other locations we’ve parked. I have plans to expand this section that tells a story about each place.

Who We Are – click this for our bio.

The column on the far right contains a list of blogs I follow. Towards the bottom is a link to our Blogger site where our previous blog posts reside.

At the top of the column on the near right are two options for following our blog.

Follow Us Via RSS (Real Simple Syndication) can be used if you use a blog reader, outlook, or other software that allows you to receive news feeds.

Follow Blog Via Email can be used to receive an email from us when our blog is updated. Options are also available to receive notifications when comments are submitted.

There is also a Follow Me button on the bottom right corner of the display that you can use as well.

Finally, at the bottom of the blog entry, there are options buttons for sharing this blog post on Google+, Twitter, FaceBook, LinkIn, Email, and Print.

So, there you have it – a short introduction to our new blog. Comments are appreciated.

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