Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy New Year

I hope that you all had a fun and safe New Year's Eve. It's been way too long since I posted here; most of 2017 was spent in recovery. I still have a way to go, but life doesn't settle so at the moment I'm packing, culling and trying to raise funds to move out of our current residence. I have a few things in the works and I'll share that over the coming weeks. For now I just wanted to touch base and let people know that I'm still alive.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Re-evaluating, revamping and rebranding

I've spent a lot of the last few months giving my life, my projects, my wants and needs, a long hard look at. Life continues to kick me while I'm down and as always I have to wonder how much that is because of wrong choices, and how much is just a long run of "bad luck". I have come to this point many times; I've made changes (significant and smaller), cut back on things, tried to take us in a whole new direction, but it just ends up being a "Groundhog Day" scenario.


That's just not good enough anymore!!! My kids, at least, deserve more from life. Thanks to a smorgasbord of mental health issues, working outside of the house on more than a casual basis, is out of the question (for the near future). And thanks to a number of incidents that all happened around Xmas, I no longer have the casual jobs that just kept us from fully downing last year. So now I determined this time to use my own talents to keep us afloat. This time I can't be flaky about it. This time I'll put what I can into it to make it work.

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This involves looking everything with fresh eyes; being brutally honest with myself, and working around a number of obstacles. So I'm rebranding myself and my projects. A new look, a new mission, and a new plan of action. Blogging will be central to it all; I am, after all, a writer. I'll be looking at new ways to help other creatives and work-at-home business owners, with promotion and marketing. And more.

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The Essential Bron Rauk-Mitchell will continue to be the HUB of all of my activities. One central place that sums up the essence of everything that I will be doing, and the other ventures will branch of from there (allowing people to keep up generally with what I am doing , and following specific projects that they have a deeper interest in without too much overlap). With that in mind updates here will be more frequent. But for now I'm rebranding myself across my social media platforms, and redesigning blogs and websites. I hope that you will continue to support me <3 <3 <3

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Writing Challenge 2017: An idea a day

Last year I committed to a story per day, but realised that with time and other projects that sometimes all I came up with was a line for a poem, a character, a name, a setting and so on. Each of those was a valuable addition to my writer's chest, and after time I just went with it. Some days I'd come up with several ideas, other days just the one. After my friend passed away the ideas came more slowly and I stopped the challenge all together.
While I was recording these ideas, I did so in a haphazard way; so this year I am keeping the ideas in a notebook dedicated to the challenge, and I will also update the blog regularly with my ideas. I'm expanding the challenge to include the photographs that I take (those that are reminders of ideas for settings etc). If nothing else, if/when the spark for writing returns I will have a treasure chest of ideas to sort through. And if the spark never returns I'll have a treasure chest of ideas to share with others in need of inspiration.
I received this pen and notebook for Xmas, so it seems timely to use them for the for the challenge. (photo thanks to my daughter, Scarey). I hope that you will join me in the challenge. There is no prize; just the satisfaction of building up a treasure trove of useable ideas.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Re: The upcoming changes to Facebook Page likers (March 12, 2015).

From time-to-time Facebook will implement changes to pages, groups or our own timelines. Some small changes may pass through with no fanfare, but other changes are announced and people have some warning to prepare themselves e.g with the implementation of the Timeline for fanpages and personal accounts. Some of these changes are met with applause (increasing the word count space in statuses, editing comments, emoticons in comments and so on), and some are met with great resistance (the introduction of the ticker). 

Before every great Facebook change there is often a great public outcry as someone usually gets the wrong end of the stick and doesn't understand the change or the new feature; this is followed by many pages owners believing the mis-information and sharing it widely in a panic, which in turn is taken up by other pages owners. Some of us actually take the time to check in with Facebook to understand the changes for ourselves or look to a site suck as or hoax-slayer for verification. Many of us try to set the record straight but at times it's like beating your head up against a really freaking hard wall. 

Right now it's that time of year where the Facebook rumour mill is working overtime and Facebook page owners are begging likers to interact with their pages, so that they do not lose the likers. What we have here is two separate issues combined into the one. Issue 1: Facebook is implementing changes as of March 12, 2015 (see here for the official info: What this basically means is, to give page owners a more accurate indication of their liker numbers Facebook will no longer included memorial accounts and voluntarily deactivated accounts amongst the liker numbers. So if your number count drops majorally on implementation of this change don't panic; you haven't actually LOST any likers. Deactivated accounts and Memorial accounts cannot interact with your page anyway, and I'm surprised it's taken this long to implement this. To be crass, having these accounts as liker numbers is similar to rigging votes with names from the cemetery ala The Simpsons. Once voluntarily deactivated accounts are reactivated your liker numbers will be adjusted accordingly. So this is not a bad change; it gives a more accurate account of the active accounts that like your page :).

As to the second half of this rumour, where page owners are being people to comment yes on certain posts to be classed as an active liker of the page, this will have no affect on the new change. However, if pages are to remain in a newsfeed the more a liker actively interacts with a page on a regular basis (through posting on the page wall, sharing posts, liking posts and commenting on posts) the more that page will show up in their newsfeed. The less you interact, the more Facebook determines, by it's algorithms, that you have lost interest in the page. This is not entirely a bad thing either. Unless you only have a few friends and like only a few pages you will never see every thing posted in your newsfeed. The reason being, it would take hours to scroll through everything that has been posted by groups, pages and friends. The reintroduction of the pages feed however made it easier for people to keep up-to-date with posts by their fav pages; one click and you can see page posts all in one place. 

Page owners need their likers to interact regularly to increase the reach of each post. But likers need their pages to post just the right amount of content so that they want to interact with the page, so this is a symbiotic relationship in many ways. But posting yes on a post is not going to be useful in "Protecting" liker numbers from being more accurate. 

So I hope this clears up the latest rumour circulating amongst page owners. Yes I do believe that Facebook has become greedier but also many page owners do not understand how pages work, they do not understand the basic premise of the algorithms and they do not want to put in any effort into running their pages. For many it is easier to follow the pack and spread rumours than it is to put the same effort into running their page effectively.

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Monday, 16 February 2015

Has it been that long?

It's been over a year since my last confession ..... um er i mean post (yes, that's what i meant lol). Life continued to be a series of challenges last year and a lot of things suffered. I'm know slowly picking up the pieces, and assessing the damage (and there has been a lot). I'm wary about making too many plans given how chaotic life has been but I have to get things back on track and move forward (especially for my children's sake).

I have a list of obligations that I MUST fulfill this year (including, but not limited to, prizes, certificates and perks) and I'm making this one of my priorities. Before I begin tackling that list though I do have other obligations to take care of, but I will try to be more on the ball with up-dates. 

thank you for your continued support and patience. xxxxx