Me and Social Media
There are clearly people in the world who have figured out how to follow large numbers of friends, acquaintances, businesses, etc. on Facebook and Twitter.
I am not among them. I do check Google+ regularly and know some nice people who occasionally post there, but if there were more of them, I would probably stop reading regularly. I want my news and email sorted nicely into categories, so that I can get the stuff that I really want in 30 seconds, and look at the other stuff when I have time for it.
To that end, I read my mail with GNUS, which splits it into as many "groups" as I care to configure based on the mail headers. I also follow a large number of blogs and other webpages with RSS feeds via Gwene.org.
I don't know why everybody doesn't do it this way, but they don't. I'm always talking to someone who has unsubscribed to something interesting but not critically so because it was cluttering up they (presumably one) mailbox.
I tell people I don't do Facebook because I maintain two websites and that's enough to keep up-to-date. So I keep getting annoyed at my closest friends because they aren't interested enough in what I write to bother to read my blog. But of course it's because their lives are so cluttered with Facebook that they don't have time to also follow blogs.
So I caved about Google+
There are actually things it's easier to just post on Google+ than to put on my blog. Wordpress is pretty clueless as far as just posting a picture with a short caption, and Google+ is easier to use for a one-link pointer. So some time ago, I put a widget in my blog's sidebar that had pointers to my last few Google+ posts.
Then last June, one of my Google+ friends said how much she wished my blog posts on the Boston Early Music Festival would show up on my Google+ feed. I decided to experiment with this, and set up the Jetpack Publicize feature to automatically post blog posts as Google+ posts.
Of course, this makes the blog sidebar pointers to Google+ less useful, since often all or most of them are just pointers to the last few blog entries. But it has led to more +1's and even a few comments on what I write, which the blog basically doesn't have.
So today, I caved about Facebook and Twitter, too
So I decided the people who are always claiming they would like to follow me on Facebook but they don't have time to read my blog should have their chance. I have now configured my blog to automatically post to my Facebook and Twitter pages.
I don't know that I'm going to take up reading Facebook or Twitter, but if you do, you now have a chance to read my blog if you want to.