Time and Space

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The older I get, the more time is on my mind.  I took a hiatus from this blog for a while, and while I was gone, the blog had its 6th birthday.  6th!

I can’t believe I’ve had this blog for 6 years.

When I started it, I had more free time and so I posted more often.  I’d thought that as I got older, my free time would increase, but it hasn’t worked out that way.  However, I’ve missed blogging and writing, so here I am.

Space is the other thing on my mind – I use the free version of WordPress for this blog, so I get a limited amount of space for the pictures I add.  When I was posting reviews of dance shows, I had multiple pics per post.  Same with when I started doing travel photos – multiple pics per sim.  I’ve only used 21% of my free storage so far, so I guess I have another 12 years or so before I need to worry about reaching the limit? 😛

Seriously, though, it’s a real dilemma.  You want pics because those interest people (and drive traffic) but the tradeoff is the space requirements.  I could upgrade to a paid account with WordPress and get more space, but that’s hard to justify right now.

I also used to post my pics to Flickr, but now Flickr is limited as well, unless I pay to go Pro (which I won’t).  So now I’m back to debating what social media I might want to use with the blog.  I used to post on KoinUp back in the day and they’re still around (and still free, I think) or I could use my Ello account.  Any suggestions besides Fakebook and Twitter?  😀

Social Media Report

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Over the last couple of weeks I have added several social media sites to my seemingly endless list. 😛

I’m a curious person by nature, so it’s interesting to see what topics people are talking about.

I also like to observe people, and social media lets me do lots of that as well.

However, I’m finding that keeping up with all the social media has become a huge time suck for me.

Not necessarily because I’m accomplishing anything, but because I enjoy watching how people communicate and interact on social media. 😀

I think I’m going to have to start using my timer to limit how much of my day I spend on social media.

I did want to report back on my impressions of some of the new networks I’ve tried.


I like KoinUp, because I like looking at digital art.

There are some really great artists on the site.

That said, the interface leaves a little to be desired.

It seems a tad – empty, and it takes a lot of clicks to get where you want to go.

I suppose I have been spoiled by Flickr, but it just seems clunky, which is too bad, because again, there are a lot of great artists on the site.

The site has discussion boards, but from what little I’ve seen, hardly anyone uses them.

It also took me a bit to understand ‘contacts’ on KoinUp.

Contacts are like ‘followers’ on Flickr (I think?) and they have an ‘add to your favorites’ button.

People can add you back (or not), same as on Flickr and other sites.

I’m going to stick with it for a few more weeks and see how it goes.


I must confess, Reddit confuses me.

It’s very text heavy and finding your way around is not at all intuitive.

I was pretty lost, even after reading all of their ‘Welcome to Reddit’ material.

On the advice of EverAfterr (check out her blog here), I added the RES app to my browser and was able to at least sort of get a handle on things.

I have my subreddits sorted to appear on my dashboard, though I weeded out most of the automatic subreddits you get.

It doesn’t seem to be a very active network for SL’ers, from what I’ve seen in my few weeks there.

I tend to be more of a lurker than an active poster myself, so maybe that isn’t true, I don’t know.

To date, most of what I’ve seen is bloggers posting links to their blogs.

Which is fine, but since I follow most of their blogs already, Reddit may be a redundant network for me.

Having ‘friends’ on Reddit is also a bit confusing.

So far, it seems I can add someone as a ‘friend,’ but it looks more like I am ‘following’ them, so maybe it’s just a difference in terminology?

At least adding the RES dashboard helped, so that I don’t feel like I’m being slammed by a wall of text when I open it. 😀

Again, I’m going to stick with it for a few more weeks.

Now that I figured out how to post a question/topic, I might actually do that!


I like Twitter a lot because of the ‘right now’ nature of it.

I’m a big fan of satire and sarcasm, and there’s tons of it to be found on Twitter. 😛

I’ve been using the Twitter Card that I set up last week, and so far things are working fine.

I’m trying to be more active on Twitter and less of a lurker, though it doesn’t come easy for me.

I was using TweetDeck to track various topics related to SL, but in the next few weeks I am going to try out HootSuite and see how that works for me.

I also found a couple of other alternatives to TweetDeck and HootSuite that I may try as well.

Other Networks

I am still researching Flickr and Google+ so I can get the most out of them.

However, since they are more ‘robust’ topics than the other networks, I will discuss them in a different post.

I did also finally join the SL Universe forums, so after I have a bit of experience under my belt there, I will report on it.

If you are on any of the networks mentioned here, feel free to add me – the more the merrier!

Glutton for Punishment

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I’ve posted several times about how overwhelming managing multiple social media accounts can be.

Apparently I’m a glutton for punishment.  -.-

I went and signed myself up for some new networks.

If you belong to any of these networks, look me up – I’m always happy to meet new friends. 🙂


KoinUp is a site I found after watching an episode of Designing Worlds on photography.

My first impression is that it’s sort of like Flickr (which you can apparently cross-post to from KoinUp).

I joined a few groups and I’m giving it a few days to see how I like it.

I added KoinUp to my Feedly reader a month or so ago, and I like being able to just scan through some of the art when I have a few free moments.

I tried adding Flickr to Feedly, but they refuse to play nice together. 😦


On the recommendation of Ever Afterr (check out her blog here), I decided to check out Reddit.

After reading through the FAQs and their posting rules, I decided to go ahead and join.

It’s kind of overwhelming at first, but I removed a bunch of subreddits and pared it down to a usable amount.

I found a book subreddit, so I’m already having fun reading everyone’s comments.

(Just FYI – I hated Anna Karenina and my favorite book of all time is a tie – To Kill a Mockingbird/Jane Eyre.)

I couldn’t find a mobile app for Reddit that wasn’t 3rd party, so I’ll have to see how useful/engaging I find it if I’m only using it when on my PC. (If you have any suggestions that work well for you, let me know.)


I signed up for Ello when it first came out, because I hate Facebook.

I haven’t been on in months, and decided to go back a few days ago to check it out.

It doesn’t seem that active for SLers – or am I missing something?

If you’re on Ello, tell me – I would love to have some active people to follow!

I also read (I think) that they are working on a mobile app, which would let me be more active.

I spend most of my time on social networks via my phone, not my PC.

Other Projects

Becky recently wrote a blog post about SEO and blogging.

In it, she mentioned Google’s Webmaster Tools.

I had tried using them months ago, but got lost in all the technicalities and just abandoned it.

I went back and tried to get back into it.

I’m still floundering.  😦

I’m also debating whether it is worth the work to get a Google+ Page in addition to my profile.

I’m also investigating some other apps that would help me manage all the social media streams.

If you have a Google+ Page or use a service like HootSuite, I’d love to hear your feedback.