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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #399: Will 'Google+' be a Plus or a Minus?

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 07-13-2011 12:37 PM 2385 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I woke up early this morning, determined to not let the day get away from me. Even though I have been busy, it sometimes seems that I don’t have enough time in the day to get everything that I want to finished. There are many little things that take a small chunk of time here and there and before I knew it, yesterday I looked up at the clock and it was 4pm. I was truly surprised.

I have had a lot of correspondence stuff to do in the past several days. I think that is a good sign though, and I enjoy talking with customers, friends and family. I am kind of holding my mail box at bay, if you will, and trying to keep up with things. It is a good thing that I can type pretty fast.

I found myself kind of side tracked with this new networking called ‘Google+.’ Apparently, it is Google’s answer to Facebook and is a similar type of networking site. While part of me is excited about it, there is another part of me that doesn’t know if I can handle another site to be involved with right now. I honestly think that I could make a career out of networking and visiting these sites that I do.

I already use a lot of Google products, like Picasa for my pictures and Gmail for my email and I have been quite happy with them. They have a lot of flexibility and interact with each other so that you don’t have to keep on making profiles and adding information in for each service that you use.

I do feel though that sometimes I am overwhelmed by the incredible amount of features that are available. I know that they want to be everything to everyone, but sometimes I have trouble digesting all this information. Google+ is not different it seems.

I began looking through the introduction pages and before I knew it, I had spend a good chunk of time reading and trying to figure out what it is all about. It looks good so far, but can I really afford to put my time into yet another social network? I am honestly thinking that I could easily spend the entire day going from network to network and site to site ‘visiting’ and commenting on stuff. It does get to be a lot.

I have been pretty good so far with limiting myself to only a couple of sites. Besides here at Lumberjocks, I like to hang out at Steve Good’s site and also my own Facebook page. (I have a business page there too called Sheila Landry Designs Scroll Saw Art.) I find that those are plenty to keep me busy and keep me in touch with not only my family and friends, but also my painting and scroll sawing friends and customers. Although I don’t get a chance to browse and comment on everything, I feel that I am active enough to be considered a ‘regular’ and the comments I do make are sincere and I actually do know and remember the people I am talking to.

However, if I keep on adding new places to visit, I think I will be a bit overloaded and have a hard time keeping everything straight.

I love Rivergirls’ signature line that she uses. It is a quote from Homer Simpson: ”Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain.”

I think that pretty much sums up the way I feel at times.

I am seriously considering whether or not to include the Google+ network in my daily routine. I believe that it will become a force to reckon with and a staple of networking in the near future. People are becoming more and more technologically savvy every day and more and more people are using high-tech phones for much of their computer communication which is what these sites are geared for. It may not be a choice that I have to make, but a necessity.

I already have a Twitter account, but I don’t actively use it. I feel kind of bad when I receive word that I have a new follower, because I think how they are subscribing to nothing. If they are expecting daily tweets, they will surely be disappointed, as I am quite ‘tweetless.’ It is another network that some say is necessary in business but I just don’t have time to do.

(Isn’t there supposed to be some time left for me to draw and cut in my business? Hummm . . . . )

It is amazing how those twenty four little hours pass by so quickly. I find myself thinking that more and more each day. I am sure that part of it is growing pains of having a small business, but even with a partner who picks up a lot of the work, it is still sometimes a bit much.

I find myself leaning toward working with Google+ as an additional network. Although part of me wonders what the heck I am thinking, there is another part of me that is saying “just one more” because I think it will be an important place in the future. Seeing that I am already hooked into so much Google stuff also helps me look in that direction. Am I kidding myself thinking that it won’t be that much more work and time for me? Or could it possibly (and you are going to really laugh here!) make things easier?

Maybe some of you techies out there and other business owners could give me your opinion on what you think of it. As I said, I haven’t really done much research yet, and I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions of it. After all, it is part of the marketing process and I need to market myself in order to have a successful business. I know that Google, Microsoft and other similar companies are taking over our lives with their tracking and all the information that they know about us already, but I don’t really see how that will change in the future. It is part of the price we have to pay for being ‘social’ on the internet.

I think that my best bet right now is to move slowly. One step at a time as they say. Hopefully, by having that approach, it will leave me some time to do some actual woodworking.

Have a great Wednesday!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"



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William

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#1 posted 07-13-2011 01:12 PM

I wish I could tell you something good or bad about this Google+. Unfortunately, I’m in the technically challenged crowd though. I know at times it appears I know what I’m doing on this computer. I assure you though, it’s all my daughter.
I can type. Back when I was in junior high school, it was a requirement at a school I attended for a year in West Monroe, Louisiana that every child in that grade take beginner’s typeing class. So I learned to type. That was in the day though that kids my age had never heard of a computer. So I did not learned computer. Nowadays though, kids are required to learn computers like we were required to learn typeing, and they pick up on it fast.
So everytime I have to learn a new skill besides simply typeing, I have to call my daughter into the room, make her get off the cell phone long enough to help dear old (senile) Dad, and teach me a new skill. She doesn’t mind. It’s one of the few times she gets to pick at me about being older as dinasours without me getting aggrevated.
So, without knowing anything about what Google+ is, I say that is it gets your work advertised more, and you have time in your busy schedule for it, I don’t see where it could possibly hurt.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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huntter2022

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#2 posted 07-13-2011 02:52 PM

I know nothing about Google+ . looks like I need to do some reseach see whats it all about . Like I need something else to do , on the computer . I have started to limit my time on here because I would get nothing done if I didn’t. have a lovely day

David

-- David ; "BE SAFE BE HAPPY" Brockport , NY

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 07-13-2011 02:58 PM

My point exactly, David! I believe it only came out a week or so ago. But it is going to be something that is going to be around I think. But I hear you loud and clear! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 07-13-2011 03:03 PM

I guess it all depends on how much time you want to spend on the computer. It sounds like you are thoroughly stretched out will all the contact places you have. Having a business, your website would probably be your most used ,but being here on LJ’s will give you a lot of ideas for designs you make. Google makes good stuff, and there will always be more to take up your time. Try it to see if you like it but you’ll have to make up your mind on time allotment so you have time to do what you like best!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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stevebuk

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#5 posted 07-13-2011 04:00 PM

having been and read a bit about google+, i agree it will be like facebook but its in its beta stage at the moment and i would wait until later to join it, i would be tempted to concentrate on what you already have for now and sort it out later.

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Bob Kollman

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#6 posted 07-13-2011 04:23 PM

I spend to much time on the computer. I read a lot, and of course that’s been just pushing
the old stuff out of my brain. But I am more a consumer of blogs…Lately, I’ve been preparing
to learn the scroll saw….Watched a lot of your videos, last week I discovered Steve Good. I
write far less than I read. In your situation I guess the question would be: Do I derive any
real benefit by being a trailblazer on google+, or will I be just as well off seeing how it develops.

As a consumer of blogs, I seldom add new bookmarks, it clutters the computer and drives
the old stuff out of my ram, I look for the old reliables and it is by chance or cyber word
of mouth that will direct me to a new blog. Also, current project learning new skills that
I am interested in is really the driving force of my blog consumption. 7 years ago I was
obsessed with table saws and routers, 3 years ago computing and video editing. Who knows
what journey I will be on 3 years from now. I am now 90 minutes late for getting in my shop
to actually make something…I’ve been on the computer…:)

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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MsDebbieP

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#7 posted 07-13-2011 06:33 PM

of course you could always do a copy/paste into the different networks, updating the business component of your networking, without TOO much extra time involved

The “spreading the word” benefits of networking is definitely worth consideration.

For me, because most of my friends and long-time acquaintances are on Facebook, it definitely remains a key component for me.
We’ll have to see how the networking develops on Google+. Being a “Gircler” (as I call it) opens the doorway to opportunities that I am not yet aware of. But, not joining – I know that there will be no opportunities via this avenue.

Now, I just need to decide how I want to use each, not “whether” I will.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Steven Davis

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#8 posted 07-13-2011 06:35 PM

Sheila -

This is where feeds are necessary – you need to use a tool like ping.fm or twitterfeed to push out blog entries and quick notes (you have a blog at your main business site, right?) to the various social networks.

I’m happy with my woodworking network here at LJ, however, you(all) are not my customers. Those people live all over the place and I need to get the word out to as many of them as quickly and easily as possible.

The question is: what is the purpose of these networks for you – to get business? or expand your social or professional network?

For my IT security biz network, I use LinkedIn, for woodworking, LJ, etc. most of my social network is via email, though some via Facebook. I’m looking at YouTube as well as the other social networks for potential clients.

Everything has to have a reason and the benefit needs to exceed the cost.

-- Steven Davis - see me at http://www.playnoevil.com/ and http://www.stelgames.com/

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#9 posted 07-13-2011 10:37 PM

I wuold say wait I have seen on other sites that sooner or later its possiple to
collect all the different social network on one acount just like they have done with e-mail accounts

so I presume it will make you possiple to update all your acount with one bottom here after
that day it works it will be easy for you to be on multible network

Dennis

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 07-14-2011 12:21 PM

These are all really good points that you all brought up and i thank you for sharing your opinion. I agree with you that there is nothing that has to be done urgently and that making a transition little by little will probably be the best way. Jim is right in that I already feel somewhat stretched right now and I don’t

I do like the thought of gently easing it into my life and seeing how it goes. I also believe that I spend my limit of time on the computer and I need to make things as streamlined as possible at this point. Perhaps, this will help me organize that part of my life and get things sorted out in that area.

Thanks for your thoughts everyone. :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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