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Tips for Following my Blog through Social Networks

Posted by on Oct 1, 2011 in personal | 4 comments

Tips for Following my Blog through Social Networks

Last week, I wrote a post called “How did you get from there to here?” In that post, I asked how my readers normally reached my blog, and I also asked if I linked to old posts too frequently (especially on Twitter and Facebook).

While some readers said they would prefer less frequent links to older posts, several people – both in the comments and privately to me – encouraged me to continue linking to the old posts. Plus, I continue to get comments (on the posts, through Twitter, and on Facebook) when I link to those older posts. So, for now, I’m going to continue linking to the older posts on Facebook and Twitter.

But, I want to offer some tips for those who are not interested in reading my older posts.

1) Typically, I schedule new posts to publish at 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. (noon). Some weekends, I only post one post per day, and that post will be published at 9:00 a.m. My 9:00 a.m. post is usually a longer post, while the noon post is typically a shorter post or a response/link to another blogger’s post.

2) During the week (Monday-Friday), I link to older posts on Facebook and Twitter only. I link to one old post each from 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. I try not to link to the same post within the same month, and it’s usually much longer between repeated older links.

3) Except for Google+, all of my other social network connections go out automatically. I use leenk.me to automatically publish links to new posts on Facebook and Twitter. I use HootSuite to schedule links to older posts on Facebook and Twitter. I also use Subscribe2 to automatically send out emails about new posts to email subscribers.

4) My RSS feed, emails to subscribers, and Google+ stream only include links to new posts. No older posts go out through those networks.

5) On Facebook, new posts always include thumbnail images, while the older posts do not include thumbnail images. I usually repeat links to new posts later in the day, but those repeats will not include a thumbnail either.

6) On Twitter, new posts always include “Blogged:” at the beginning of the tweet. Again, I usually repeat links to new posts later in the day, but those repeats will not include the term “Blogged:” at the beginning of the tweet.

I hope these tips help you decide which of my posts to read, even if you don’t want to read my older posts.

However, I do appreciate all the interaction that I continue to get on those older posts. So, if you’re interested, please continue reading and commenting.


4 Comments

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  1. 10-1-2011

    I find it helps whenever I do visit your blog, to check the recent comments for ongoing conversations.

  2. 10-1-2011

    Art,

    I’ve noticed that whenever someone leaves a comment on an older post, there’s suddenly a flood of pageviews for that post, even when I don’t link to it. I think alot of people follow those “Recent Comments” also… which is the main reason that I include them in the sidebar. Thanks for mentioning that!

    -Alan

  3. 10-1-2011

    Alan,
    Thank you for posting these older ones again. I found you through these older posts that were specific to issues around house churches that I was investigating. I have greatly appreciated the fact that you resend the best. Even if I’ve read them it helps to read them again.
    Blessings
    Todd

  4. 10-1-2011

    Todd,

    Thanks for the feedback. I’ve heard the same thing from many other readers, especially those who have only found my blog recently.

    -Alan