D.I.Y. Rock Star Rewind: Thrown in Facebook Jail… Again 🙄 (May 2021)
Yep, in trouble…
—I originally had a completely different message for you all this month. I wanted to talk about the need to plan and about how excited we are that we seem to be coming out of the pandemic (and what that will mean for the D.I.Y. Rock Star). But then I found myself in Facebook jail… which caused me to pivot and talk about the importance of diversifying your methods of distribution. Again. (https://bit.ly/Ep141moresocmedblog )
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A lot of wonderful things to share….
As you know, we’ve had quite a lot that has happened in the last two weeks—which probably accounts for having shared more than is wanted on Facebook in the first place. —I won’t re-iterate all that’s happened— that’s at the “Celebrating” section (at bottom of this post)—but I will let you know HOW I share and why it’s not fair to restrict my sharing for the next week.
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I TRY to be careful….
No, I certainly do NOT just willy nilly share EVERY post that we have—blog, video, podcast, announcements, etc. And, I certainly DON’T share to EVERY Facebook group known to man! —I DON'T even share EVERYTHING we’ve done on our OWN Facebook groups and/or pages that we manage. —Even I think would be too much and overwhelming to the people who have decided to follow more than one of our pages.
—What I do, however, is to consider if the message of the post/episode is beneficial to the group that I am about to share to. (For instance, one of our posts this month is “9 Strategies to Help Prevent Burnout (for the D.I.Y. Rock Star)” (https://bit.ly/Ep167noburnoutblog), so I shared it to Facebook groups that have folks who are actively pursuing living a creative lifestyle. (So, as an example, I shared it to songwriter groups, but NOT to a synch licensing group, as it may seem on the fringes of their main thing they discuss.) In fact, I TRY to be ENTIRELY careful and thoughtful when I DO share to groups, because, as Facebook group administrators ourselves, we hate it when someone plunks down a link that seems COMPLETELY unrelated to the topics that we discuss, so I DEFINITELY don’t inflict that kind of behavior on others.
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Also, I NEVER just plunk down links without providing a context. I always explain how this post this post will add value for this community where I am sharing it. (In the case of this particular post, we led with something that said how we get that D.I.Y. Rock Stars are all about the grind, but this post should help avoid burnout, so that we can grind better or something of the sort…. I want folks to know that I want to offer their audience something that will benefit them and am NOT just throwing up a shameless plug. (—Actually, we USUALLY just take out a Facebook ad for a post that is ENTIRELY self-serving, so that Facebook can figure out who best to show it to AND to AVOID getting thrown in Facebook jail. 🤷🏽♀️😳
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That’s why it surprises me when groups turn down posts like this one, since if their groups are anything like ours, you want to share as many posts as possible that offer positive, actionable advice to our members. When we see someone share posts like this, we are excited, because we feel like we are building a culture in our community where we’re not the ONLY ones who have something helpful to say. We believe that allowing others to share their posts within our group—and we even allow folks to be able to share our posts out to other pages—something that MANY groups frown upon (but that’s another discussion for another day). We feel that allowing people to share on our community page is a win-win to both us and to our members, who are there to soak up as much helpful, actionable inspiration as possible.
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That’s why I was sad to see that a couple of the places where I shared had not only rejected our post—which I thoroughly AGREE is their right—but had also reported us to Facebook for sharing spam. 😳 —Our posts do NOT take you to some Amazon affiliate page or anything; they take you STRAIGHT to the post that we previewed, so how is that spam?! —And I get it if a group decides that they want to kick us out BECAUSE they don’t dig what we share—in fact, I think I would respect them MORE if they just went ahead and did THAT!—but to report what we are doing as distributing spam just plain sucks!
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Really…. Right now?!
It REALLY sucks right at this moment, because we are in partnership with a few other creatives—we’re on Tom Ray’s Art Podcast ( http://bit.ly/tomraypodcast )—and I will NOT be able to share the episode as widely as any of us had originally thought, because I am in Facebook jail. 🙄 This makes me feel like, as a creative partner, we are not able to bring the value to our part of this pairing. (—Ideally, when you partner up, you hope that folks can share what we’ve worked on together to their audiences, especially in the first few days of release. Since much of our active audience is on Facebook, it sucks that we are limited with who we can share this with!)