Wednesday 17 August 2016

Facebook Live Stream...already there's a reach of over 21,500, 2.5k views, 186 likes, over 100 comments and 21 shares. That's pretty good traction! Watch it on my Facebook page – just click the image above!

Facebook Live Stream…already there’s a reach of over 21,500, 2.5k views, 186 likes, over 100 comments and 21 shares. That’s pretty good traction!
Watch it on my Facebook page – just click the image above!

I GET the usual emails, blogging and social media stuff done before breakfast then embark on the first big task of the day…making another batch of burgers.

We’re not sure how many we need for Margaret’s party – an awful lot of folks haven’t RSVP’d and some, all or none might bring stuff to chuck on the grill. We wanna make sure there’s enough so everyone can eat regardless. I mix the mince, chives and some of my secret ingredients in a big bowl…the new burger press is a lot better than the old one. At least the burgers are of uniform thickness!

There’s a news story to be done for my G63.scot local news/features website…I’m so pushed for time at the moment that I’m considering putting the G63 project into hibernation for a while. We’ll see. I get teh story done and shared around social media.

The weather’s not looking great for the next few days and the front garden grass needs cut. I get that done then make myself a big bowl of ramen with squid and belly pork and eat it out in the sunshine.

I spend the afternoon setting up a server and a holding page for Stephy’s new website then spend a few hours getting on with Betty’s photo album project.

Margaret reminds me I’d mentioned the possibility of doing a Facebook live stream this evening…I thought it might be an idea to ‘go live’ from the lochside. It’s a sad state of affairs that our home broadband is too slow a connection to do a Facebook live stream, yet we can wander a mile or so up the lochside – out in the sticks where no-one lives – and get a suitable mobile data signal! Either that or call on the goodwill of our pals a few villages away…but while the live streams from their house have been great fun, I don’t want to pester them every time I decide to do a Facebook live stream, usually at a few hours’ notice!

At 6pm I put  a message out on Facebook saying I’ll be ‘live from the lochside’ at 7pm (UK time)...I pack a  guitar, tripod for the phone and print out a list of upcoming shows in case I need a cheat sheet and we head off along the beach.

The data signal’s good, the light perfect and my live broadcast goes fine – live UK and USA show dates, other news and a live Q&A plus a couple of live songs. You can see it on my Facebook page here.

When we get home I see there’s a reach of over 21,500; 2.5k views; 186 likes; over 100 comments and 21 shares. That’s pretty good traction!

There’s no doubt that Facebook Live Streams are – for now – the way forward!

Time to relax now – so I make a green curry and we chat over plans for the weekend’s party…

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Friday 22 July 2016

AN ONLSLAUGHT of emails keeps me busy after breakfast, then my pal Rab calls – he needs some guidance on updating his website and wonders if I can make up some notes for him.

It takes me a good couple of hours, but hopefully it’s a good step-by-step guide to make the updates he wants to be able to do – not just this time, but for future reference too.

The outside grill’s needing cleaned after last night’s burgers…and the wooden ‘worktops’ on each side could do with some attention. They look a bit manky and with Margaret’s brithday gathering next month it’d be a good idea to clean thing up a bit. I grab a sander out the shed and rub them back…then Margaret wipes them down with meths and gives ’em a couple of coats of stain. Quite a difference!

I didn’t have time earlier int he week to cut the grass at the front of the house so I give it a quick run over with the mower then get back to work.

There’s a nice wee breeze keeping the midges at bay and I need a walk. I load up some podcasts and head off on one of my regular walking routes.

On the way back I change podcasts and notice a 4G signal on my mobile….mmmm…I wonder if I can do a Facebook Live stream? Yup, no problem – I do an off-the-cuff ‘broadcast’ about next week’s Estonia shows, answer some questions that come in over comments and then finish my walk.

I check when I get home and the post has a reach of 16,491, 101 likes, 58 comments and 1,900 video views – that’s a bigger reach than all my combined page posts over the last 10 days. Unbelievable traction….just need to find a way to harness this opportunity!

Back home I open a beer and make our Korean BBQ beef yum yum rice bowls…that’s a mouthful in more ways than one 🙂

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Wednesday 6 April 2016

I’VE GOT someone coming to have a chat about web design…I did her website 15 years ago and it;s still going, but definitely time for an update. Our paths crossed recently for the first time since!

She’s a wee bit early, and I’m not quite through the stuff I wanted to get done but that’s OK. We discuss options and ideas and she leaves with my promise of an email outlining our chat and documenting my proposals.

After lunch I have a meeting with my other recent web client. Now the site’s live, I need to sit down and show them how to update/add content.

Last night’s Facebook Live video stream is still getting a lot of traction…an amazing amount for what is effectively a Facebook page post. I threw a small budget at it to ‘boost’ the post and it seems to be helping too. Check it out on my Facebook page! If you have a verified Facebook page, check out Facebook’s Mentions app and give it a whirl…it’s so good, I have a feeling it won’t last in it’s current form for long, so if you can, jump in and give it a bash while the going’s good!

I’ve some other stuff to do and can’t find my notebook…Margaret’s not seen ti either. Odd. The I realise we may have left it at Martyn and Louise’s last night. I call. Yup, it’s there. Martyn’ll be home in half an hour so I arrange to drop by and pick it up.

While I send some poster art and stuff down to our pal Becky for a show we’re doing together at the end of May, Margaret tries to firm up an Aberdeen show for Thursday 9 June and a BBC Radio Scotland session for earlier in that week to promote the new EP.

I have a coffee and a chat, pick up the notebook and get home just as Margaret’s got the dinner ready.

We eat and chill – I read one of the latest Mac magazines on iPad (free, courtesy of Zinio and our library!) – while Margaret watches the telly. My upper back, neck and shoulders have been really, really achy the last month or so and reading an article about laptop use makes me think I really should put my laptop on a stand (or something) and use a separate keyboard. I’m already using a bluetooth mouse ‘cos the MacBook’s trackpad’s knackered. It makes sense, especially as I’ve been pretty busy on the computer the last few months and not been getting out for as many walks and breaks as I should.

I’ll try putting the MacBook on a pile of books in the morning..and grab a bluetooth keyboard from the studio….

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