I’m going to take about a month-long break from The Bridge. Well, I guess it would be more accurate to say I’m giving you a break, because during that time I want to do some writing, re-evaluating, and redesigning.
And I would truly appreciate your help.
Here are some of the things I’ve been thinking about:
These little daily Bible readings and devotionals are something I do for myself. These will likely continue unchanged for a while. I don’t know if you find them helpful, but I do. If you have any input whatsoever about these, please email me at: Lloyd@LloydRHamilton.com
Before I started The Bridge I shared quite a bit of this type of material on Facebook. The internet can be a vast storehouse of divisive misinformation, unabashed immorality, and complete insanity. But it is also a daily flood of helpful, encouraging, amusing, challenging and educational material. I’ve always made it a goal to find and share the latter. When I started this blog about a year ago, I decided that this type of sharing would be one of its features. I don’t know this for a fact, but I get the sense that these links are not getting the traffic they did when I shared them directly on social media. I have some theories on why that might be, but they’re only theories. I want to put helpful, encouraging and challenging stuff into the hands of people who need and want it. I share a variety of links almost daily. I’d like to know if you see them, if you read any of them (if so, which ones?) and any other thoughts you may have about this. Email me at: Lloyd@LloydRHamilton.com
When I started the blog my plan was to write at least 2 original posts per week. I haven’t quite kept up that pace. My first post was on 10/15/2015. Since then I’ve written 65 original pieces on a variety of topics. That works out to about 1.5 per week. (You can find them all by clicking “My Stuff” here, or in the Category List to the left on your computer, or below on your phone.) These almost always get more readers than my other posts. I want to get better at this. I’d love to hear from you about these. I generally will write about whatever I’ve had on my mind. That trend will likely continue, but I’d like to know what kinds of things you’d be most likely to read, as well. Email me at: Lloyd@LloydRHamilton.com
This is where it really gets tricky for me and I’m not exactly sure how to proceed.
Ideally, I wouldn’t need to use social media very much at all. People would simply bookmark my web site (LloydRHamilton.com) and eagerly visit it on a daily basis just to see what’s new. I’m pretty sure absolutely no one does that.
Please understand, I’ve never had it as my goal to simply enlarge my readership. I simply want to make sure that I connect with the people who are interested. With that in mind I set up a separate Life On the Bridge Facebook page where I share all of my blog posts. Those who are interested can follow that page and I can avoid filling up newsfeeds and annoying everybody else. My thought was that if a person “liked” the page, my posts on that page would show up in their newsfeed. I would maintain my personal Facebook presence, but it would be more, well, personal. Initially I would share my Life On the Bridge stuff on my personal timeline for a few months, in hopes of driving more people to like the page, but eventually I would back off from that.
This was my plan, but it hasn’t exactly worked out that way. I believe there are several reasons for this, but the major one seems to be that the FB algorithms treat “pages” way differently than a personal timeline. In other words, if you’re my FB friend and “like” a lot of the stuff I post, my posts will continue to appear prominently in your newsfeed. This is not necessarily the case with “pages” unless you pay for it to be “promoted,” which I am loathe to do.
Long story short: I’m thinking of killing the Life On the Bridge FB page and just use my personal profile. If you have any other ideas or experience with using social media in conjunction with a personal web site, I’d love to hear from you. Email me at: Lloyd@LloydRHamilton.com
Anyway, these are some of the things I’ve been kicking around in my head. I mean it when I say I’d love to hear from you. I want to know what you’ve liked and what you don’t like. I’d like to hear any ideas you may have on any of the things above, or anything else you can think of pertaining to Life On the Bridge. I considered setting up a little online survey but decided I’d rather keep it wide open.
Please take a moment and email me at: Lloyd@LloydRHamilton.com
The Bridge will be back sometime in September.
Until then, thanks for reading, and thanks for your feedback.