Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Sharing is MURDER! Wait, What?

This evening +Dyson Logos added his name to the long list of Google+ members who have complained about people flooding the Communities with links to their blogs and personal projects. I wanted to take a few minutes and talk about how I share my content with Google+, twitter, EN World, and the various forums across the internet.

I try very hard not to spam the RPG communities with my articles but there are three places that I share my content every time I post. I share the post Publicly so that anyone who follows me can see what I'm writing; and if I refer to a specific person or website I try my best to key them into that post so that they know someone is talking about them (it's only polite). The second place I share my stuff to is the Pen and Paper RPG Bloggers community.  I hope that if you've been reading me that you can tell how much I enjoy reading blogs through my weekly Best Reads of the Week series and my Great Blog Roll Call project. For me sharing to that community is a great way to keep up with many of my fellow RPG bloggers and I've made some good friends through that community that I might never have interacted with otherwise. The last place I normally share is the G+ Tabletop Roleplaying Games community. It's by and far the largest community I've found and is also the one that gets spammed the most - which is a shame, but when you've got almost 11,000 members that's going to happen.

Now on occasion I will share to other communities such as the Greyhawk community and the D&D Next community. I try to limit myself from doing so unless I've got something that either directly pertains to those communities or that breaks some news story no one else has gotten hold of yet (such as when I broke the news of David Trampier's passing or when I compiled all of the pre-order prices for the new edition of Dungeons and Dragons).  I hope none of this is considered spamming the communities as that's not my intention.

Speaking of news, when I break something that might be useful to the wider community I'm often the one who lets +Russ Morrissey of EN World know. He's been nothing but kind to me so I like to help him out when I can. I also like to tell him horrible jokes on Twitter which he pretends to laugh at - that's a win-win in my book. 

Now if you see my posts linked to on forums, facebook, or reddit those are almost certainly done by other people. I've only shared anything I've written on two forums (which happens to be the number of posts I've shared as well) and that's it. But that doesn't mean that I don't like finding my stuff out there. I genuinely enjoy finding my work on these other fronts and I love it when people link to me. For me it's a real honor when someone thinks highly enough of what I've done to share me with the wider world. So for those of you who do, thank you. I appreciate you more than you can ever know.

Anyway, that's how I share my work and it's how I intend on continuing to share it for the time being. I just wanted to say it out loud.

19 comments:

  1. Personally I like seeing the shares. It is one of the ways I find out about new things.

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  2. Methinks some people aren't aware of what spamming actually is. If you were putting up your blog on every single rpg site on G+, then you could be called out for spamming. I get several other rpg feeds on my G+ account, and I only see yours in RELEVANT communities. That, and I like you and follow you. Others need to look past their own importance and realize that places like G+ aren't just for them.

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    1. I should point out that I don't think Dyson was talking directly about me, but rather that this was me trying to explain how I share so that people can understand my intent. Probably wasn't necessary but sometimes things get in your head and you just want to say something about the topic.

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    2. Whether he was directing it to you or not, I think it's rather silly tbh. It's not like anyone is getting your links 20 times on their feed. People are complaining about seeing stuff more than once. With the overlap, it's to be expected, and until Google addresses it, then it's a hideously minor inconvenience. "Oh, my free social site that I and thousands of others promote their work on doesn't work exactly as I want it to, so everyone needs to just fuck off." Sorry, I can't buy into that rhetoric.

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    3. You're in a feisty mood this morning! Let's go find a bear to fight!

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    4. Bear hell. Dragons shall FALL! :P

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  3. I share my blog in exactly the same places, and get similar complaints some times, I used to share at places I felt the post related too , but have the time the posts woudl get modded out. Now I pretty much stick to +Pen and paper rpg bloggers, +Public. and twitter, which I'm not sure has ever drawn me a hit.

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    1. I've only been modded out once and it was the 2ed community. I had asked what Kits were - because I had never used them before - and it was kicked. The answers came to me anyway from some of the guys in the G+ Tabletop community.

      Who are you on twitter? I'm @Thatakinsboy.

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  4. My sharing philosophy is similar to yours. I don't think you are spamming (in that your posts are topical and not selling anything). Some of the communities are just busy places which if you are not checking regularly can lead to large numbers of posts to pile up. Maybe they are just upset about that.

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  5. It's the internet, and we all have choices. If you don't want to read something, skip it! Christ, what a bunch of fucking pussies. God damn socialists and their pansy ass feelings.

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    1. BRW, finish the damn story! Sheesh... you're getting distracted Charles.

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    2. I just put out Part 5! God, you'd think that a fellow writing nearly two thousand words a day would be appreciated but noooooooooooooooooooooooo. ;P

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    3. I gotta keep cracking the whip to help you realize your conclusion of the story. It's a rough job, but I'll bear that cross for you, no please, don't pay me.

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    4. Long as you keep me honest! :D

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  6. I've hear some folks say the same...do I like it when I see a post on 11 different places? Not so much, but I'll read the piece and then mute it. Google+ is the only social media I've ever used and it still seems less noisy than Facebook or Twitter or whatever is currently in fashion these days.

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