I did it! I finally made it to the end! The focus of the April Platform Challenge is to create Social Sphere in order to promote … what? I believe the big drawback of this challenge is the creation of a network without a stated purpose. Make no mistake, this is a fantastic way to create a social platform, I highly recommend it. But, I also think that you need to have a purpose for the building, whether it’s a blog, a book, a podcast, or what have you; otherwise, it’s just an academic exercise.
The penultimate task of the April Platform Challenge is to create a task list for the month of May. Since I’m already well beyond that now, I’ve created the list for the month of June.
I think all those years of creating programming schedules for radio has finally paid off. I’ve set things up on a weekly rotation with a rather ambitious two original blog posts a week. We’ll see if I’m able to mange that into my writing schedule. After all, it’s one thing to build a platform, but you have to have something to build it for.
I’m using Google Calendars to track things. If I have content, it’ll be on the schedule below, otherwise it’ll be a big old naught.
Sundays: Reblog Sundays – If I have been out and about and if was any good, I’ll reblog here.
Mondays: Interviews – I’ve been casting a wide net. Once I get the audio suite rolling, it’ll be podcasts.
Tuesdays: Guest Tuesdays – E’nuff said.
Wednesdays: Regular Blog Post
Thursdays: Podcast Thursday – Highly experimental, which’ll mean it’ll either be really superb or outstandingly awful.
Fridays: Review day – Movies, Podcasts, Books, pretty much anything I feel like yammering on about.
Saturdays: Regular Blog Post
Rounding the home stretch with today’s April Platform Challenge is all about spreading the word. I’m a programmer by trade (my wife will say by disposition, as well), so I’m looking for a way to post to my blog and have it automatically propagate out to my social networks, or as I like to call it, my social sphere. So far, I’ve met with mixed results. There doesn’t seem to be a reliable way to accomplish this. Here’s what I’ve found out so far.
Back on Day 19, I talked a little bit about a very helpful site, dlvr.it. Post to an RSS feed (say to your PlusFeed on your Google+ account) and it will automatically propagate to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc..
All which is great, except, it links back to my Google+ feed. In other words, my Facebook post, links to my Google+ post, that links to my blog. That’s two too many clicks. In addition, this setup will post to all the linked accounts from Google+. All my Google+ posts get propagated throughout my social sphere. So, not the best solution.
There is an alternative. I linked my blog’s Feedburner RSS feed to dlvr.it. That way, every time I post here, it blats out to almost my entire social sphere. At the time of this writing, the dlvr.it API doesn’t include Google+. So, I have to post my blog manually there, but it’s one click from everywhere directly to my blog. As with everything, there is a trade off.