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Dave the Psychic

I saw this video for the third or fourth time in the past 6 months recently, and it occurred to me that you might like to see it. On the face of it, this guy is able to tell a lot about a person just by holding their hands or talking to them, but then…

Magic – or is it?

This contains a lot of really good examples of the impact of not locking down your privacy settings on social media. If you’re happy for all and sundry to find out the sort of things this guy does, then carry on. But if you’re a bit uncomfortable, a bit worried about what someone could find out about you, then it’s time to review your settings.

It’s a good idea to do this reasonably regularly anyway, as hidden within your Terms and Conditions for most sites there will almost certainly be agreement for the suppliers to change permissions as and when they see fit. Normally that happens during an update or upgrade, but it’s a good idea to be vigilant.  

Enhancing your following 

Some time back I posted an item about how to build your following. Today, I came across this on LinkedIn and thought I should share it on here. I know it focuses on that platform, but it holds true here. I think most of us get more engagement and more views when we write from personal experience.

I know I’m not doing the things I should be to continue to build my readership – apart from anything else, I’m too intermittent – but I am going to try to get back to posting regularly, if I can. 

It’s funny isn’t it? You set out with good intentions to write once a day, once a week, once a fortnight, whatever, and then they gradually fall by the wayside. I guess that if you can establish a good routine, then that helps. My work takes me to different places on odd days, so I can’t easily say “every Thursday I’ll be here and can write for an hour”, because meetings come up and that time disappears. 

Good Tweetment – Image #132


A while back I posted about the difficulties I had in “getting” Twitter. I also posted about having created a new account fairly recently.  Since then I think I’ve made more of a concerted effort to use it and have noticed a couple of things:

  • the more you post, the more retweets and followers you seem to get
  • the best time to post seems to be on a Sunday evening
  • people add you to groups without you asking – and I don’t know how to get out of them!
  • I’m really bad at using hashtags

Does that mean that there are loads of people gearing up for work for the week by checking the world of Twitter with their Sunday dinner?  Is it a way of easing ourselves gently in?   Is this how we’re evolving?  And why is it that I seem to need about 5 more letters in my posts than I’m allowed?  lol

You ARE worthy

From yesterday’s entry about other blogs, I thought it worthwhile expanding on one of them a little.  I’ve chosen this one because I’ve been undergoing a lot of changes and spent a lot of time in reflection and introspection recently. The post I read talks about things that don’t define your self worth, and I suggested that the number of friends or contacts you have on sites like Facebook and LinkedIn shouldn’t be used as a measure of self worth either.

If you care what other people think you will always be their prisoner

– Lao Tzu

It can be quite exhilarating to get friend requests on various social media sites.  Who doesn’t want to be wanted, to be liked, to be needed?  But if you stop and think about it, how many of these people do you actually know?  How many have you spent time with, talking to, establishing any kind of friendship?

I’ve been in the same boat – probably still am – but every so often I take some time to go through the sites and look at who is there and think about what I really know about them.  LinkedIn is a classic – the number of times I look at it and go “who is that?”, because I added them way back in time when I worked on a specific project for two weeks, and have never seen or heard from them since.  I then go through the process of removing them as friends / contacts.

Facebook can be similar, and here I’m going to be a bit hypocritical: I have people on my friends list that I’ve rarely, if ever, met but I keep them there for one main reason.  I play bass, I want people to come to gigs, so I have some friends on Facebook who organise gigs, some who play in other bands (and therefore might want my band to play with them) and some friends who go to a lot of gigs and I want them to come to mine!

No-one can make you feel inferior without your permission

– Eleanor Roosevelt

When I started this course, I stated that I wanted to find out how to build a following, to encourage people to read what I wrote.  That sounds a bit contradictory to what I’ve just said though, doesn’t it?  I’ve found that as I look at reducing my contacts in some sites, I’m now actively trying to expand my contacts elsewhere, through blogging. At first I was writing purely for me, in order to get the thoughts in my head into some semblance of order: now I find that I eagerly seek out new followers and comments from people like you, dear reader, who I may never meet.  What’s that all about?  Is it a case of still wanting to be loved and needed, or is it an inner extrovert pushing their way through?  I guess those are questions only I can answer.

Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are

– Marilyn Monroe

So, just because you’ve whittled down your friends list to only those you actually know to speak to, who are indeed friends, does that make you a bad person?  Not at all!  You are who you are, be all you can be. You are unique, you are awesome, make the most of all that you are.