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Blog vs Facebook

I know! I should! Facebook less. Blog more.

Someone invited me to help administer their Facebook group because they were jealous of the info I post on the one for our neighborhood. I looked at theirs and decided the content of what they post is too fluffy for my liking, but okay, I can once in awhile insert the type of info I post, which is more focused on health and safety such as how to prevent bears getting into your car, and look out, there's more ticks this year.

Unlike some facebook groups, the primary one I manage has a mission that I made up: preparedness information and connections between neighbors so when the next disaster strikes, our community is connected. Having a mission helps me stick to my goal.

Another page I manage is for a watershed coalition and its focus is environmental and recreational topics relevant to the particular watershed.

The one I was just added to is about living in this area, but not for visitors or people who want to move to the area. It's more social than useful, until I came along.

I decided that visitors to our area need some of the preparedness information to help them while there are here. For example, how to sign up for our county's reverse 9-1-1 notifications so they can receive local weather warnings and learn about wildfires and floods and how to stay out of danger. And also about bears breaking into cars, and ticks. Heck, they wouldn't even know what county they are in unless someone goes out of their way to tell them. So I created Ready! Estes Park - For Visitors. The name follows the pattern of FEMA's website.

I don't know if people who are searching Facebook for pages about Estes Park will come across it, but even if they don't it will be out there and we can brag about it at the Office of Emergency Management meetings.

There is a software for $20 a month that would allow me to make one update and all my Facebook pages would receive it, but I don't want to pay that much out of my own pocket for the convenience. Maybe I can get a grant...

posted on June 13, 2017 8:48 PM ()


So maybe I should start a visitors' page for this area in which I point out the kayak rental outfits, best fishing spots, how to avoid churches, and where to get a Confederate flag (that's a trap -- you open the door and fall into a bottomless pit full of Trump supporters, decaying).
comment by tealstar on June 29, 2017 6:28 AM ()
I love FB for ease and news and catching up quickly... I haven't blogged in awhile, sigh.
comment by kristilyn3 on June 14, 2017 10:03 AM ()
I like Facebook for political posts, for sharing progressive links. Have found like minded friends who I really enjoy virtually knowing. I don't use Facebook for personal information. It's too open-ended for that. I use it to find people and then switch to E mail if I succeed. Greasy is for talking about my life and what I am doing.
reply by tealstar on June 29, 2017 6:32 AM ()
I know I'm missing a lot of things I would like to read, but still have difficulty with the format on FB. I will have to go back to it, since I have a work project there, and a hobby page. Do people find your pages just by google searches, or are they referred from other FB pages?
comment by drmaus on June 14, 2017 9:42 AM ()
Seems like FB fairly recently changed their 'template' so we have to wade through photos and videos and other junk to get to the latest posts. I have yet to figure out how to fix that. And it might differ based on the group type - Non-profit vs community or whatever they call it.

The groups around here use it to share info about recommended service companies like tree trimmers and trash service. They would be better served by a forum type online platform where there would be threads for each topic so six months from now when someone needs one of those services it will be easier to find the information. Of course, they can ask the question again, and people can respond again, and that's okay because it will be fresher information.

But it's hard to convert people to a forum from Facebook, because that's what they are accustomed to using.

As to finding, my fb groups are regional, so I set locations for them and I think that means they might pop up as suggestions for people searching FB for Estes Park or our national park, etc.
reply by troutbend on June 14, 2017 12:05 PM ()
I do both but I set up another facebook page Broadway Tours Stopping In Fort Lauderdale and Miami where I post theatre information regrading the subject plus reviews and I will also 'boost' a show playing in Fort Lauderdale to get more people to the page as I do it for the person who gives me tickets to the shows!
comment by greatmartin on June 13, 2017 9:13 PM ()

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