Web Presence

When I started blogging, I had ideas of becoming more consistent with my writing.  And by that, I mean writing more and more on a routine basis instead of haphazardly hitting the keyboards.  I think I’ve met my goal, and I’m loving it 🙂

I wasn’t out to make some kind of “mark” on the internet world.  But as I learn more and more about social media platforms, I keep encountering this idea of developing a “Web Presence.”  And now I see there is a whole Wikipedia explanation for what this means and how people promote their businesses this way – creating a “digital footprint.”

I don’t have a business, per se, at least not yet, but I do like growing my readership and I love coming into contact with creative writers in the blogosphere.  So, I now find myself on Facebook, something I said I’d never do, although I got on there for a totally different reason – online dating, which is a disaster story for another day.

I’m also on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram, and yesterday I checked out Reddit.  I’ll leave You Tube for another day.  One element of new chaos and confusion at a time.

Now, I’m not sure there is any advantage to putting myself out there on any of these venues.  There are billions of people and accounts out there.

LinkedIn has never landed me a job.  Instagram has never brought me an art sale.  Twitter?  I haven’t figured out much from Twitter except I’ve seen a lot of angry political yelling going back and forth, or I guess I should say tweeting at each other.  That sounds pretty rough and tumble 🙂

And Facebook, well, what can I say about FB?

But Reddit really has me confused.  It’s supposed to be this all-encompassing message board and I saw some good threads of discussion there, but when I tried to post something I was informed, electronically of course, that I needed to earn “Karma Points” first.

Ok, I found a definition of “Karma Points,” but no instruction on how to earn them.  And I think it’s a bit sacrilegious to be mixing the concept of Karma with a web platform, but hey, what do I know? And can you earn negative Karma on there?

One thing I have noticed is that with the rise of all these web mediums a market has formed for people to be Social Media Managers.  And one of my blogging friends has done just that.  You may know her as Novus Lectio, but now she has a page Logicweb Media, and she has some pretty interesting posts there.  You ought to stop by and read some of her work 😊

In the mean time, if you have any insight that might help me navigate this crazy world of interconnected links, please feel free to pass it along 🙂

In Metta


Photo: Indeed, I often feel like I’m stumbling along on the information superhighway without seeing where I’m going 🙂


31 thoughts on “Web Presence”

  1. LinkedIn has never got me a job either! Ha ha. And I just completely avoid online dating! I haven’t put my blog on social media as it’s just a hobby I guess. Mostly I would just rather be off grid! 🙂 And write the odd thing. 🙂 I think with social media the best advice is pick the ones you like using and that work for you. It doesn’t sound like Reddit’s your thing! I have never been on it. Technology moves so fast nowadays and the faster it goes the more I just want to retreat from it and get out into nature! I embrace it a little. But it is so easy to get engrossed in it. It’s about finding the balance I guess. 🙂

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  2. I’ve finally got around to putting up a ‘Page’ on Fb, but keep posting stuff on my normal account by mistake. I suppose it’s not a problem at the moment when all my Followers are people I know anyway (note to self: must Follow more authors…)
    I did sign up to Twitter but… life’s too short. Why spend all that effort thinking up ‘bon mots’ for something that will disappear later today (and nobody will see anyway unless I’ve built up an audience).
    Never got into Instagram either – I don’t take that many photos, and certainly nothing anyone else will want to look at.
    I’m finding WordPress is taking up as much time as I have (and more than I can really afford…) When do I get time to write stories?

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  3. Just visited and now following Logicweb Media. A lot of good info there! As far as social media, maybe it’s my age or I just got tired of it all. Instagram for writing purposes and advice and WordPress are all I use now. I enjoy meeting such interesting people here on WP and find more uplifting ideas that inspire my day. I would like to publish someday but can’t talk myself into traipsing through some of the Social Media muck to get there. Now I think I’ll sit down and write myself a letter. Or maybe pick up the phone to call a friend 🙂

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  4. Good luck, Harold. I said I’d never join FB either, and did so a month or so ago. I still don’t have a clue what it’s for, but I’m learning what most people think it’s for. And it’s not me. I’ll persevere for now but perhaps all platforms are just that. A platform. But for what? Advertising me,yself, has never interested me at all. My photographic work, is more worthy than I. But who really cares, more than we do, about what we do? Maybe it’s tied in with the elusive meaning of life? Personally, I think the quality of any opinion or worth of our output to others, can only be valued against the minds of those who have any opinion. So, is opinion accurate? Is worth? Perhaps these platforms are only for those of us who use them. To find value or worth in ourselves or our work? To leave some kind of a mark, even though we don’t admit to that agenda? Sorry, more questions than answers.

    Make one think, though. If we’re not selling, what’s it all for? 🤷‍♂️

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    1. I think most people are basically good natured and there are some advantages to these platforms. It provides a way to stay in touch with family and friends, share pics and experiences. And here, in the blogging community, we get to share many creative works. That’s the good side. But these mediums also appeal to that darker side of human’s need for attention, inflating images of self-importance. It’s kind of like some people think they have their own TV reality show. The adolescent’s mind of the imaginary audience, clinging to their every move, the play-by-play of their days. As you say – leave a mark. But what mark? What they ate for dinner last night? It’s a strange world, and I hope people will get back to that internal journey. The search for the soul. Instead of continually pursuing external immediate sense gratification. On another positive note, without this amazing electronic reach, I would have never met many good souls, like yourself, from all over the world, and be gifted with seeing their talent. Definitely a mixed bag. And thanks for sharing your insight my friend 🙂

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      1. My pescimistic insight, perhaps, but yes, that’s what I see the most. You make very valid points and I too long for the day when more of us at least attempt to reach inside, as opposed to out, more often. I guess I see WP and its community a lot more differently to the more instantly gratifying (?) forms of social media. I certainly get a lot more satisfaction from interactions here than I do at… the OTHER place. 😂 Another insightful discussion, H! Have a great weekend and, thank you! All the best, Rob. 🙏

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    1. LOL! That’s ok Carol. I enjoy your posts very much. And I’m really happy being part of the WP community. I guess I check some of these other outlets out to try to keep up with changing technology, but I doubt I will ever master, or even understand the purpose of some of it. Between video games, computers and TV, I fear many people are letting their lives drift by 🙂

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      1. I am far from being tech savvy, but I do enjoy WordPress for the same reasons you do – it is a wonderful community of caring and talented people. One thought does spring to mind though concerning tech skills: there is a website called Linda.com where you can access all kinds of information. You might want to check it out. I have to agree too many people are slaves to technology and barely come up for air. There are pros and cons to everything I suppose.

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