1. says

    Thanks for the post, Jennifer. It’s giving me more to think about whether I ought to start a separate Facebook page for my writing self. I think I’m overloading my personal page with my blogs’ links. And, I’m getting the picture that really only a handful of my FB friends are clicking over to read my stuff. Having the separate page may also get me back into a disciplined writing mode. I did say “may.” :-)
    .-= Su-sieee! Mac´s last blog ..The Solicitation =-.

  2. says

    I was an extremely reluctant FB blog page maker, but now I *love* having one (several, actually for different blogs I run); I find that it’s one more way to connect with my readers (some of whom never commented on the blog but now comment all the time on FB — after following a FB link to a blog post and then back to FB). I also love that I can quickly post things on FB I think my readers will find interesting — links to contests, articles, etc. — that I don’t want to write a whole post about on the blog.

    Also, I don’t necessarily want all my blog readers as FB friends, so this is a good way around that; for one thing, I do get political (and otherwise personal) on my personal profile, and that has nothing to do with my blog, so it’s nice to keep them separate.

    You may not see direct results in your blog traffic immediately, but for me personally, that isn’t really the goal of a FB page anyway. I mostly like the idea that talking to my readers on a daily basis became *really* easy…I don’t think of it as “losing blog community” so much as expanding it into a different arena. And I think that sort of thing, over time, does make a positive difference in how people view you and your blog…kind of like an “if you build it” thing :)
    .-= Michelle | Bleeding Espresso´s last blog ..The Lay of the Land in Calabria =-.

  3. says

    I am actually in the process of creating a fan page for my blog and I recently did a post on this myself. I held back because I didn’t really want my personal profile to be linked to my page, but I realize that your name doesn’t have to appear if you don’t want it to. Great post!
    .-= Natalia´s last blog ..Featured Entrepreneur: Ryan Joseph =-.

  4. says

    I recently created a Fan Page for my new site, more to see what would happen than anything. My profile is pretty much blank on anything I have on Facebook, as I have read the news about how they sell everything about you!

    It’s really more about carefully crafting your on-line Identity. And, while the old saying was that if you weren’t on the Internet, you weren’t in business, now that holds for Facebook. Simply being there shows you’re hip enough to know what’s happening. (oh gosh, that last line soooo gives away my age…)

    So I created the Fan Page and posted a few links to my site (nothing like what you have) and within a few days I was “liked” by four people. Well, I may not be hip but I’m certainly not stupid, so I promptly put a Facebook Badge on my site showing their smiling/snarling faces.

    Only time will tell if the whole thing is helpful to Traffic. Right now it reminds me of the old days where sites were trying to rack up “award buttons” from other sites. I had some, then quickly realized I could get more traffic by creating my own award. Indeed, I got more traffic that wanted my award than wanted my content, lol.

    One thing I have already noticed is that some of those who “like” me really only like me so they can post their own advertisement on my page. Oy, I feel so, so used…

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