Mar 242019
 

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now a Facebook group that has become an
informal week in review gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.
You can also link up weekly on Readerbuzz.

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

The End is Near

Google+ will only be up a few more days. The social network is set to self-destruct on April 2. I didn’t sign up right away, Google and I had our issues years ago when they locked me out of all my accounts for 8 days for violating some never explained Terms of Service. It ended up being a good thing because I transferred my blog to a self-hosted WordPress situation and that opened up many new possibilities. After adding some safeguards I ventured back into Google for some of their other products. Thankfully, it is only the social network going away. Gmail, Google Docs, Maps, Photos, etc. are not affected.

Of course, many people are both on Facebook and Google+like me but I “met” and followed different people there too. Not just bookworms like most of the people I follow. I followed one woman, a real estate agent in Arizona who shares the most beautiful homes she has listed. They are way out of my budget and far away from Wisconsin, but the pictures are gorgeous. Homes to dream about. I follow a man that posts updates about what is coming and leaving NetFlix and Hulu. I find his posts entertaining and informative. I also have found some great recipes there, again with wonderful images. Some photographers share their work too! But most of my newsfeed is full of book posts from every genre imaginable. My wish list has grown due to many of the books I have found there.

I loved the 3-column format and the absence of ads everywhere. Not having all the ads was probably the reason this social network experiment is closing. From reading the recent Google Help posts I also see that many people didn’t even know that had a Google+ until they received the email telling them it was closing so maybe promotion was part of the issue too. I know a lot of people didn’t understand that Google+ was a separate feature and they didn’t read the notification clearing thinking the whole Google Corporation was closing and that they were losing their blogs, their Gmail, their YouTube videos and all the photos they had saved on their phones. IT IS JUST THE SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORK CLOSING DOWN. None of those other things are affected. With the social media network closing, it does affect commenting and sharing on blogs though. That feature has been gone for a few weeks already.

So what’s next? Who is going to fill the void left by this action? Do we just stick with Facebook? Or do we search for something new?

I have been trying out MeWe. MeWe calls itself the “alternative to Facebook”, and emphasizes its commitment to privacy over generating revenue and many G+ members are trying out the ad-free site. The site is still evolving but it has been seeing a rapid growth according to press releases. I joined a few weeks ago and joined the bookish groups as well. But according to my contacts lists that were transferred not many of my friends belong to MeWe and because of their high privacy setup it is hard to find friends. I believe I am the only cozy mystery lover posting in the book related groups.

The site is very chat based and that is just not for me. I like to scroll and comment and read posts. I have shut that feature off. But with only a few friends my NewsFeed is basically filled with only my posts. You are given the option to share the posts with your contacts or share them publically. I have been sharing all of my posts publically and hoped others would do the same. If they are, they are not showing up in my feed at all. Maybe I am missing something, I am learning my way around.

So for me, this is an experiment. Without contacts there, I don’t see the point of just posting for myself. I have added following me there as a bonus option for my giveaways, but please don’t join MeWe because of me. If you are on there find me! https://mewe.com/i/loricaswell I’ll and we’ll see how it goes. I will revisit this topic in a few weeks.

~Lori


Weekly Rewind March 18 – 23, 2019

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #12 2019

Tuesday – #Spotlight / #Excerpt / #Giveaway – Prussian Counterpoint: A Joseph Haydn Mystery by Nupur Tustin

Plus – #Review / #Giveaway – An Au Pair to Remember: A Male Housekeeper Mystery by Stephen Kaminski – Great Escapes Book Tour

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Cheryl F. Taylor – Author of Murder on the Wind (Rock Shop Cozy Mystery) #GuestPost / #Review / #Giveaway

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – Criminally Cocoa (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery) by Amanda Flower @KensingtonBooks

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Lighthouse Beach: A Novel by Shelley Noble #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Recipe / #Giveaway – Chocolate Cream Pie Murder (A Hannah Swensen Mystery) by Joanne Fluke @KensingtonBooks

 

Hope the sun shines down upon you today! 

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