WHY THIS: Good news: More and more people are following me on my various social media sites. Bad news: I am getting overwhelmed. So I have decided on a new response pattern. If you don’t scratch my back, I don’t scratch yours. Yes, that sounds like my Cranky Old Lady self, and it is. In fact, I made a Cranky Old Lady Poster and pinned it. You don’t have to go there for here it is.
When I am checking out my social media stuff, I always try to like some, share or pin some, press some. I try to make sure I do at least five likes before I put up one of my posts or pins. I haven’t figured out the ratio for pins–but today, I think I pinned at least five things that supported other people’s blogs. I promoted two Facebook items with Share. I made one of those into a blog on my Parents Are People Too Blog and pushed the Fresh Press button on three social media items. These will become blogs in time.
Many of you acknowledge my efforts. Just as many ignore, even when I am actively promoting you blog. GRRRRR. Bad manners. Makes me want to scream “I’m not going to take it anymore.” And I am not. I am no longer going to support unmannerly bloggers. My Cranky Old Lady says I should keep a list and out their names; not invested in doing that.
I will do a three strikes out thing before taking action. First strike, I forgive or ignore. Second strike, I get Cranky, third strike I will call you out, but give you another opportunity. I send you my Cranky Old Lady post. Ignore me then and you are off my team. Even a thoughtful negative comment has value and if you can’t like me, you can tell me why and I will keep you on my team.
So be on notice. If I actively support and push your blog and you don’t even go there and like me or comment, I will not longer scratch your back. Hubbie says I am one of the world’s best back scratchers.
Not included in my rant, but I will share it here. If you want me to comment or follow you. Make it very easy. I am no long giving anyone more than my name and email to comment, like or follow. You can ask more when I want to buy from you, but I’m old, don’t have a lot of time left, and have a dwindling limited income. So KISS me, if you want a like, kiss, or follow.
I found out today, you can’t like a pin without registering. Sigh.
EMOTIONAL FITNESS TIPS
Tip one: This rant is really to suggest thinking about what matters, one of my Emotional Fitness Training 12 Daily Exercises. The world depends on caring and supporting, not just our families or outside friends, but those outside in the broader world. Moreover, all the studies show that most people who travel a sharing, caring road reach the end more contented than those who only pursue their own desires.
Tip two: If you want only to follow your own interests, you still need to work particularly hard at supporting your fellow bloggers. It is the single most important first step to blogging success. If you are just starting out and others you don’t know support them back. Minimally, thank them.
Tip three: I end all my posts with this one. Practice Kindness, another of my 12 Exercises. It relates to the first, but as I note when I end a post:If you know someone who might profit from this post, share it. Three people will benefit. The person you shared with, you and me. Sharing is caring, caring is kindness, and kindness circles back.
Tip four: Practice gratitude. This is another of my 12 Daily Exercises. So let me thank the people who have supported me in so many ways. Most of you know who you are. Many you were or have become treasured friends. Others of you offer support more randomly though and I am grateful. Thank you.
As the Irish proverb notes, “Enough is a feast.” I feast, but I would like a nice dessert or two on my down hill journey.