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#MicroblogMondays 10: Where Are You Online?

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A friend was complaining about their drop in blog traffic over the years.  It made me think about how back in college (which was pre-cell phone), if people wanted to find me during non-class hours, I’d likely be at home, at the literary magazine office, at this one coffeehouse, at work, or at my art lab.  So you may have to jog around to five sites, but you’d find me in time.  Hint: start at the coffeehouse.

Today, if you want to find me online, the best place to check is my blog.  After that, BlogHer.  I’m sometimes on Facebook.  Sometimes on Twitter.  Sometimes on Ello.  Almost never anywhere else.  Let me know if you disagree, but I’m going to guess that if you wanted to check if I were alive, the first place you would look is if there was a new blog post here, correct?  As a result, my blog traffic has been fairly consistent.  It ebbs and flows with the seasonal shifts, but overall, it’s been pretty steady.

So think about it for a second: if I was coming to look for you online, where should I go first?  Where are you online, for the most part?


Are you also doing #MicroblogMondays? Add your link below. The list will be open until Tuesday morning. Link to the post itself, not your blog URL. (Don’t know what that means? Please read the three rules on this post to understand the difference between a permalink to a post and a blog’s main URL.) Only personal blogs can be added to the list. I will remove any posts that are connected to businesses or are sponsored posts.

1. Gardens & Books Read @ Nabanita 18. Lisa 35. Dubliner in Deutschland
2. Rachel 19. Tara 36. Mary Francis
3. Just Heather 20. Non Sequitur Chica 37. Amber
4. Usha 21. Shail 38. Ke Anne
5. Persnickety 22. Vinitha 39. Aislinn @ Baby Makin’
6. No Baby Ruth 23. Jamie @ Sticky Feet 2 40. Kasey
7. Karen (River Run Dry) 24. stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) 41. Mali (No Kidding)
8. Middle Girl 25. Justine 42. Mali (A Separate Life)
9. Inconceivable! 26. dennasus 43. Created Family
10. Uma S 27. Laurel Regan @ Alphabet Salad 44. Zen Fichey
11. Sadie 28. Karen 45. Trisha
12. Geochick 29. Mrs T 46. Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles
13. Jen (Days of Grace) 30. Emma (Muddy Boots & Diamonds) 47. Mina
14. Isabelle 31. Running Nekkid 48. Heather
15. Mic @ Life on K Street 32. Infertile Girl 49. Suzanna Catherine
16. Loribeth 33. lostintranslation
17. awomanmyage 34. the lewis note



1 Usha Pisharody { 11.03.14 at 5:37 am }

I’ve been visiting off and on, today, so there! πŸ™‚
On a more or less regular sort of way, I’d be around on Facebook for a part of the evening, as and when time permits… or on email, which, thanks to data mode on mobiles, follows one around πŸ™‚
Nice, pertinent post, by the way πŸ™‚

2 JustHeather { 11.03.14 at 5:49 am }

I’d be on FB, playing Candy Crush (yes, still) or in a private group. I might also be reading blogs. I don’t have too many other places I hang out regularly.

And I definitely would be checking here first for you. πŸ˜‰

3 Rachel { 11.03.14 at 5:51 am }

I’m pretty much only online on blogs. I have facebook but since I rarely comment or post it’d be hard to find out if I was alive lol. I don’t use much of anything else….I know, how ‘not my generation’ of me but I just don’t share the need to post every second of my day on multiple social media sites like other generation Y’s. For people who know me IRL then texting is the way to go…I am all over that and I rarely answer my phone when it rings. Also, your dumbledore post made me so sad…I so remember getting to that part in the book :-(.

4 Persnickety { 11.03.14 at 5:58 am }

On my blog, sometimes on Twitter. My husband sorts my FB life (he posts and tags me), so kind of like passing a message on? I also have google plus and linked in. And a very tiny presence on groupthink at Jezebel.
I also have accounts on goodreads and book likes, but rarely post.

5 No Baby Ruth { 11.03.14 at 6:33 am }

I’m still a facebook girl all the way. Perhaps it’s because I live so far from “home,” but I still use it multiple times a day. I probably need to cut back, actually, but then people might worry!

6 Karen (River Run Dry) { 11.03.14 at 7:16 am }

I have never looked at it like this… I definitely spend more time on Facebook and Dailymile than I do anywhere else.

So true!

7 Katherine A { 11.03.14 at 7:53 am }

Would definitely look for you here first!

Me, I’m mostly on my blog. Occasionally on Facebook, but mostly my blog is the place I live online.

8 Middle Girl { 11.03.14 at 7:56 am }

In addition to goodreads and tumblr-which I don’t use often-I can be found on fb. There are about six Scrabble and 18 Words with Friends games on-going. I will post occasionally and share articles, photos, and the like. Otherwise, I am blogging (at least once a week, in recent weeks) and reading blogs as often as those I visit post. I almost always comment when I visit.

9 Tiara { 11.03.14 at 8:03 am }

I definitely look here first for you & will even get worried if you don’t post since you post pretty much every day.

For me, texting is how you can know I’m alive but that’s not online or social media is it…email would be second to that but even then…I guess I don’t have as much of an online presence as I thought…

10 UmaS { 11.03.14 at 8:29 am }

Hi…doing Microblog for the first time, in the sincere effort to keep my blog active.
Online presence is not continuous but spikes during my free time. FB is first and then mail will be a better place to reach me πŸ™‚

11 loribeth { 11.03.14 at 8:48 am }

Beyond my blog, you would find me most days on Facebook. I don’t post every day, but I go through my newsfeed & like/share/comment. I still have a couple of (private) message boards/groups that I check in with every day. I don’t Twitter, or text. I have a Pinterest account but I try to limit my time there, because I find it is a real time suck… I get on Pinterest & whoops, three hours have gone by. πŸ˜‰

12 Geochick { 11.03.14 at 9:07 am }

I would be checking your blog first, that’s correct! I guess I’m mostly on Twitter these days. I haven’t been carving out time to really write anything coherent so the 140 characters and microblog have been my way to connect with people lately. Facebook…sometimes. I have a tolerate-hate relationship with Facebook, so I don’t spend lots of time reading the timeline.

13 Geochick { 11.03.14 at 9:08 am }

My first sentence makes no sense. Engineer-brain trying to write. ha.

14 Jen { 11.03.14 at 10:05 am }

Just my blog. I do miss Facebook sometimes but it was the right decision for me to leave.

15 Mic { 11.03.14 at 10:46 am }

Twitter, Facebook in a few private groups and then via text/email.
And I would totally check here first πŸ™‚

16 Isabelle { 11.03.14 at 10:51 am }

I’m on FB. You can reach me there. Email is easy though. I check all the time. I can’t quite get into the Twitter thing after joining for almost a year now. It’s just very time consuming.

17 Lisa { 11.03.14 at 11:34 am }

Hmmm, probably Facebook. I don’t think I’ve thought of the internet and compared it to physical places before. Cool analogy. Don’t look for me in Twitter. I’m the world’s worst tweeter.

18 Tara { 11.03.14 at 11:36 am }

Of all the places online I post on my blog the most regularly. I am on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram also and I regularly scroll through those places but don’t post nearly as often.

Your blog is definitely the first place I would check for you.

19 nonsequiturchica { 11.03.14 at 12:05 pm }

Since I blog anon, you can really only find me on my blog. I was on Twitter for a little bit but I simply didn’t have the time to check it.

20 Shail { 11.03.14 at 12:12 pm }

Facebook plus my blog(s). πŸ™‚

21 Vinitha { 11.03.14 at 12:18 pm }

I will be at my blog or in FB or google plus. πŸ™‚

22 Justine { 11.03.14 at 12:35 pm }

I’d be on Facebook. I hate it that I’m there, but it’s quick and I’m there for work anyway … it’s where I tend to post links to articles that I want to generate discussion about. But I’d like to be at the coffeehouse because that’s where the cool writerly types are. πŸ˜‰

23 Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) { 11.03.14 at 12:53 pm }

I’m with you – check my blog first. Then call the police. πŸ˜‰

24 SuzannaCatherine { 11.03.14 at 1:04 pm }

My online hangout is Twitter. I follow several people/pages, but don’t initiate many tweets. I do try to comment when something peaks my interest. I’m not a big prescence on my very new, very simple blog. Trying to do Micro Mondays, but I’m usually trying to write/comment from my phone and I don’t always manage to do that. I hit a wrong key and my writing disappears. Very frustrating.
I’m like everyone else. I’d look for you right here!

25 dennasus { 11.03.14 at 1:35 pm }

I’m mostly on Twitter these days, sometimes on my blog (not often enough, I think) and hardly ever on Facebook.

26 Laurel Regan { 11.03.14 at 2:16 pm }

Funny, but I was just thinking along these lines yesterday, and realized that now that I’ve been blogging daily for what seems like forever, people would very quickly know something was wrong if they didn’t see a blog post from me on any given day! Kind of comforting, in a way.

27 celeste { 11.03.14 at 2:50 pm }

I’m mostly on Twitter, but even that activity has been waning lately. Just so busy right now. Hopefully stuff will even out soon. I need companionship I can get without people actually in the same room as me. πŸ˜‰

I pretty much go wherever my friends are because I want to hang out with them, so when they left LJ for Twitter I followed. But it’s hard to keep up anywhere online sometimes.

28 Mrs T { 11.03.14 at 2:59 pm }

Twitter is my medium for sure. I try to be at my blog once a week (Microblog Mondays helps!) but it’s not a guarantee. And while I visit Facebook a lot, you can’t always tell by looking that I’ve been there.

29 emma { 11.03.14 at 3:09 pm }

Well, if we’re talking technology then the first thing people should do is text me. Then try my personal facebook page.

30 lostintranslation { 11.03.14 at 4:44 pm }

FB probably, even though I don’t post that much stuff, but I guess I give out enough ‘likes’ on a pretty regular basis to notice if I would go MIA. And if I don’t publish a microblogmonday post they of course something’s wrong! πŸ˜‰

31 Rachel Lewis { 11.03.14 at 4:58 pm }

I really like the challenge you’ve given us to make our blog our primary place for online social media. I have to say that FB is usually , for me, but I’ll work on changing that.

Is this question like the blogging version of TMI? But how many readers do you personally elect to see in your stats everyday? If it’s TMI, don’t feel like you have to share πŸ™‚

32 Dublin Gal { 11.03.14 at 5:09 pm }

probably facebook! I look at it way too often.

33 Sharon { 11.03.14 at 7:04 pm }

I am equally easily reached through my blog, email or Facebook, since they all send a message to my iPhone.

34 deathstar { 11.03.14 at 8:25 pm }

I’d be playing Candy Crush, Papa Pear and Bubble Witch Saga on FB. Just at night though. Otherwise, I’m just a whirlind throughout the day.

35 a { 11.03.14 at 10:33 pm }

If I’m on Facebook, I’m probably playing games. IRL, you’d probably have to text me, because I only answer my phone if I know who is calling and want to talk to them. You could email me too – those I usually answer. Otherwise, you can find me in the comments…

36 Created Family { 11.03.14 at 10:39 pm }

I’m on twitter most often, then email for work mainly, then Facebook and Instagram, then Bloglovin to read posts from my friends. I go on Pinterest maybe once a week. Ack! That’s a lot of interneting that I do!!

37 Lori Lavender Luz { 11.03.14 at 11:54 pm }

Ooooh….good question. I would definitely look for you here in this space.

These days I’m on Instagram a lot with Dexter pics. And spiders and leaves and flowers and the way I’m seeing the world.

38 Vidya Sury { 11.04.14 at 3:19 am }

Great question, Mel! I suppose people would head over to my blog first – if they’re on my chat list, then gmail chat – then twitter and facebook. πŸ™‚

Funny – I’ve been thinking about how to go offline more often!

And hilarious – I scheduled my post yesterday and realized just now that I’d forgotten to publish it.

39 Amel { 11.04.14 at 5:34 am }

Great question indeed. Hmmm…it’s kinda tricky for me to answer because some days I’m more vocal and active in FB, some days I’m pretty silent there even though I still check it every now and then. These days I’m also rather active in two Google+ forums, but I still update my blogs (I update my main blog more regularly than my infertility blog). However, during my holiday abroad, I try not to get online too much (I consider my holiday also as an online break), though usually before my holiday start, I prepare some blog posts for my main blog to be auto-published on certain dates. I reckon if I’m silent in all of the above options, that means I’m either taking a real online break or I’m dead.

40 Amber { 11.04.14 at 1:15 pm }

I’d say you could most definitely find me on Facebook and Instagram, although I’m not proud to say that. I’d love to blog more but just can’t seem to find the time to be consistent, whereas I can click into FB and IG and it only take a few seconds to scan through. I do make a point to read and comment on blog posts daily though, even if I don’t post that often myself.

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