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Getting social with numbers #UBC Days 13,14 & 15

Somehow there are times when days roll from one to the next without your knowledge. Does that happen to you? Do you feel that 24 hours just aren’t enough? I suppose we all are busy and have many issues to worry about so on some days blogging gets relegated to the back burner as it were. This week was one such week when I find 7 days are just not enough.

Unlucky Number 7

7 is not really my lucky number. There is a strange story behind this. Pregnant with my first child, my husband and I decided to try an ancient sex determination test. Obviously this was totally unscientific but we decided to do it for a lark. He pulled out a long hair from my head and tied it round my ring. He then suspended the ring over my large tummy and found that it made circles not once but 7 times. This meant that we would have 7 daughters.

The second time round, now fully convinced that this was totally nonsense but just to reconfirm our belief, we tried it again

 Once again it made 7 circles.

After two daughters I stopped having children and never tried this test again!

There have been other instances too where 7 has proved unlucky but that could be purely coincidental. 

3rd time lucky

On the other hand number 3 and its multiples are lucky for me. My birth number reduces to 3 as does my husband’s. We were married on the 6th and both our girls are born on the 9th.

There are several other happy things happening in 3s ( like my 3 grandchildren) I’ve also found that very often if I don’t succeed at the first attempt, I definitely succeed on the 3rd. try.

Getting social

One of the joys of online publishing is that you avoid the fiddle of getting a publisher to put your work in print. You also don’t have to observe editorial guidelines and can pretty much say what you want. But equally frustrating is sending out opinions, messages, stories or whatever to the Universe not knowing whether anyone is reading them or not.

This is when you start getting obsessed with numbers like visitors, Alexa ranking ( which by the way a serious blogger just informed me yesterday was DEAD) and most importantly engaging on SOCIAL MEDIA.

In the early days of the internet, social media was restricted to mere chat groups like ORKUT where you purely exchanged ideas with your friends. Facebook changed the game completely. And now it is even more complicated with WhatsApp, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and I don’t know what’s coming up next.

Everyone who is anyone is on some kind of social media and woe betide if you say you don’t have a social media presence. Today I’m finally understanding what Social Media was all about . I actually know a little bit about what it is . 

Does Social Media really improve your credibility and numbers? 

Does blogging regularly increase footfalls?

Does commenting increase engagement? 

Ask me what I’ve learnt after years of blogging without social media.

This is my post for UBC Days 13, 14 & 15

10 thoughts on “Getting social with numbers #UBC Days 13,14 & 15

  1. Good morning, I am not sure what or if Social Media helps either. All I know is as a Review/Blogger I have to have it. So I use it and try not to obsess over the numbers or jump on every site that opens up. Otherwise I end up overwhelmed and frustrated and want to quit.

    1. Thanks for your candid answer . I too find the whole process extremely stressful and frustrating especially since none of my generation are familiar with social media and the content of my blogs doesn’t appeal to the younger generation that is always on social media. In fact I’m seriously thinking of slowing down my blogging and concentrate on real writing instead

  2. I need more hours in the days and days in the week also! As for lucky numbers, 7 is good for me. We have 7 grandchildren and I won $10,000 on a “7’s Slot Machine! But my favorite luckiest number is 50 for our 50th anniversary hubby and I are celebrating on July 29th.
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    1. How wonderful share fifty years of love that have given you so much grandchildren are indeed a blessing and you are lucky to have one for each day of the week! It is no wonder that you need more hours in the day. May you remain so blessed always

  3. Numbers ?
    How many books can you take to a speaking engagement to sell at the back of the room?
    – weight? – import duties?
    You may know how many you have sold, but you still don’t know how many are reading them.
    How much money should one spend on promoting a blog?
    How much more effort is required to promote a book after it is competed?
    How much more pressure does one place on them self to promote a book after investing time and money into getting it published?
    Isn’t blogging easier?
    Blog on!

    1. Thanks for this new perspective on how blogging is easier than publishing books. Frankly as you said there is no gain without some pain so I shall heed your advice and blog on. Thanks for making me realise the folly of my ways.

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