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Dealing With The Blog Members

My Random Quick Takes

Hey Members,

This email is only to the few hundred of you, but the Membership is growing daily.

There are two things on my mind this morning. Since you’re already a member let me just get right to it. You can handle it.

  1. I’d like to send out a quick email as an alert for each new blog post to Members, which I can do in minutes for pennies, but I don’t know whether that’s helpful or a nuisance. Please email me if you have a feeling about it one way or the other.
  2. The problem with #1 is that a portion of my posts are for all members, a portion for paid members only. I have said and affirm that there is never a problem with being a free-content member. I will always create free content for members but because the paid ranks are increasing nicely, if I send notices, then then those here for the free content might take the notices as a constant sales pitch. Yea, I know, part of that is “the cost of free,” but I want to keep my pledge that you’re not a lower-class citizen or something. So, integrate that in any feedback.

The final thing is something I’ve been chewing on for a few years. Since 2015, I’ve been temporarily blocked on Facebook over 30 times, and after the first 2 or 3, they are 30-days each, locked out. Kinda makes it difficult to grow a Social Media presence to advance other endeavors like this membership blog with that sort of continual kneecapping. Twitter even outright deleted my account out of the blue one day a few months ago. It had 7,000 legit followers, real readers or sometimes check-in peeps of this blog.

And Facebook did the same to the Free The Animal Page.

I’ve since started over with both, feel free to like, follow, whatever:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NikoleyRichard

FTA Page: https://www.facebook.com/richardnikoleyfta

Anyway, the deal is that I have wanted to use the blog instead, but, I know well it’s not the same for Social Media users, increasingly what I call Virtue Media; I think you know what I mean…and there’s a blog post in there, easy.

To get to the point because you’re Members, I’ve been experimenting with putting 95% of the stuff I would post on Virtue Media, on the blog, instead.

Tagline: All the stuff I would have posted on Social Media but didn’t, because it’s Social Media and creating content for any of them is lame.

MY RANDOM QUICK TAKES #1

MY RANDOM QUICK TAKES #2

MY RANDOM QUICK TAKES #3

MY RANDOM QUICK TAKES #4

I’m working on #5 now. What I do is simply keep a draft post for WordPress open in a tab, and when I feel the urge to Retweet, Share, screen clip and New Post with commentary, I do it there, instead.

One dozen per post. When I get to 12 of My Random Quick Takes, I publish it.

Think of it this way: that’s 48 “Facebook Posts” in 4 days, and virtually zero chance of being blocked again by FB. I can call Kamala Harris a “Chick Undermining Natural Traditions” and not catch a ban.

But, the tradeoff is that no more is there that that dynamic of Like, Love, Hate, Cry, or Laugh reactions, or comments. And hey, I’m the last guy in the world who should be deriding addiction to that.

I feel like “wow, this is not a dopamine hit AT ALL!”

Kinda boring, really, but then I read over one of those posts and I just kinda like it.

And another advantage. It stays up forever, and is always easy to find. In addition to the search function that’s not driven by ad-revenue, you can easily go to any issue like this:

Just paste that URL in your browser and replace the [#] with the issue number.

Again, happy for any feedback.


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Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More

1 Comment

  1. Geri Gill on June 2, 2021 at 03:48

    I love the blogs personally. Facebook and Twitter 👎 but I understand your point. Something only you can decide.

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