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I'm Confused (It's Polite To Act Surprised)

I'm working on a couple other posts, but I can't concentrate because social media is driving me insane.  So please bear with me while I get this off my chest, and then I promise I won't mention facebook again for at least three or four days, minimum.

For people such as myself who are knee-deep in kids and cyber-interaction and other things we don't understand, Social Media has attempted to make things easier by allowing us to link facebook and the Twitter together.  The idea is that if you update one, it copies your update to the other.  Totally handy, because if you've ever read anything I've written about my children, you know how I hate repeating myself you know how I hate repeating myself.

Seriously, you'd think it would be really helpful, since I can only guess that Everyone On Earth is on the edge of their collective seats waiting to hear what I'm up to.  So when I have some tidbit of information - something the world needs to know about ASAP, like how I should probably take a shower before my stank starts peeling the siding off the house - I hate the thought of sharing it with the Tweeps but not the FB followers, or vice versa.
Do you like how I'm making it sound like HTV is a Mammoth Global Empire?  In reality, we are a Fledgling Global Empire, which is actually good news for you because there's still time to get in on the ground floor.  Promotions will will doled out based on membership seniority, and you'll no doubt want to be first in line when the cushy positions like Senior VP of Wine Selection and Chief Corkscrew Engineer start opening up.
Anyhow, to absolutely no one's surprise, I've somehow screwed up facebook so that it has no idea that the Me that is Me and the Me that is HTV are the same Me.  This causes my Social Media connectivity (in computery innerweb terms) to "not work."  I'll post to Twitter and sometimes it shows up on my personal FB page, where I'm sure plenty of my old high school chums who haven't seen me in 15 years are thinking, "Um, gross, did she just update us regarding her boobs?" whereas if my bloggy friends who read this blog had gotten the update they'd be all like, "Thank Geezus Robyn's finally telling us more about her rack."  See the difference?  Similarly, sometimes my blog's FB status updates go to Twitter, and sometimes none of it goes anywhere, as shown below.

Does this seem muddled, stupid, and confusing?  THAT'S BECAUSE IT IS!

If you study the infographic closely, you can see how it illustrates that I'm experiencing roughly 0% Social Media Effectiveness.  I know I've been ranting about discussing Twitter and FB quite a bit lately (or at least it seems that way to me), but I hope you can understand why it's distracting me from blogging or child-rearing or whatever it is I'm supposed to be doing.

So thanks for letting me vent.  Again.  And please, wherever you follow my Super Important Updates, please forgive me if you get the wrong ones.  Or none.  Or if I drop my phone and accidentally send you an Instagram photo of my foot.  I swear, I'll figure out the 20th century if it takes me the rest of the century.

Wait... what?  It's the 21st century already???  Crap.  I'm doomed.

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20 comments:

  1. I really have no clue what I'm doing anywhere, so I will pass no judgement...except for the fact that you have a couple other posts in the works and I got nothing. That makes me hate you a little, but is negated by the fact that you might accidentally tweet something completely inappropriate. THEN we would be on the same page ;)

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    1. "A post in the works" for me is usually a hastily scribbled note on the back of an envelope that says "fish and scarecrows!!!!" or something equally unintelligible but that I probably though made sense at some point. :) And you are pretty much guaranteed that I'll tweet something inappropriate - my saving grace is that my mom isn't on twitter or facebook, so I'll always have at least one person I can look in the eye.

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    2. Your Dad on the other hand.....clip clop clip clop bang bang clip clop clip clop (Amish drive by)

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    3. He got me, eh? Oh wait, that was Canadian. I don't speak Amish.

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  2. For someone that didn't even have The Facebook only a short time ago, I think you are handling it really well. I get the impression that you beat something down until you finally get it, and I TOTALLY admire that.

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    1. Tumbleweed, that's hands down the nicest way anyone's ever told me that I'm stubborn. ;) And yes, I am.

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  3. Haha! I had that issue too in the beginning but I have not told many IRL people about this blog because how can I blog ABOUT them if they're reading it. Sigh. I had to create 2 completely separate facebook personal profiles- one real life and one blog life. It's a PITA to keep signing in and out, in and out, in and out but at least I know my kids pediatrician isn't reading about my lady garden on the blog he shouldn't have known about in the first place. The End.

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  4. Amen to that - add it to the list of things I wish I'd known when I started this blog!

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  5. I so know what you mean! I'm definitely not for things being linked. There are things that I like on my personal FB page, my blog's FB page and my Twitter feed. I don't want them to mix, unless I tell them to mix. This Social Media stuff is insane! Loved your graphic, though. You sure are super talented with that graphics bit!

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    1. Thanks, Kelley! I think you might be right - I was smitten with the idea of things being linked, but if I can't make it work correctly then it sort of defeats the purpose. :)

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  6. I swear by Hootsuite to manage my social media profiles. :-)

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    1. Thank you so much - seriously, I just wrote that down and I'm going to check it out. I need all the help I can get! :)

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  7. I MAY have stopped reading after I saw you're taking resumes for Senior VP of Wine Selection. I promise my tastes have expanded beyond the likes of Boone's Farm and Purple Passion of our youth.

    Okay, back to reading.

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    1. Ahh, Boone's Farm, your Sangria flavor ruined sangria for me forever...

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  8. I think it has something to do with you being new to FB because I tried to link my Twitter and FB together and it said that right now it is having difficulties making the connection. But I think if you've had them a while it doesn't have trouble with old established connections. I check in like every other day to see if they have decided to "play nicely" yet. Nope, not yet. *exhasperated sigh*

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    1. Well, I hate that you're having trouble, too, but it helps to know that maybe it's not entirely user error and that maybe someday it'll work!

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  9. Oh boy, can I relate. I'm still trying to manage all the social media outlets, let alone have "strategies" for them all. If you figure out the secret, please share!

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    1. @Sarah, I promise I'll share - but I can also promise I'll probably never figure it out. ;)

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  10. I think you are doing a great job!! I feel this way too; I totally got having a personal FB. But the blog and the blog FB page and the twitter that's me but really geared towards blogging friends? I'm kinds lost.

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    1. I know - I get so confused about who the audience is for all the drivel I spew out into the various social media streams. Do my blog friends want to read this, or just my friend friends, or (heaven help me) BOTH? I guess in the end it doesn't matter, since I can't figure out where all my deep insights and dorky updates went, anyway. Thanks for the vote of encouragement, though! ;)

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