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Best Days and Times for Posting to Social Media

Best Days and Times for Posting to Social Media

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More than nine out of ten businesses spend six or more hours online each week maintaining a presence on social media. And while you probably already know the benefits of social media–better engagement with your market, better website traffic, improved sales–you might not realize that some days (and times!) are better than others for posting to social media.

Social media analytics firm Socialbakers showed Facebook posts achieve 50% of their total reach within 30 minutes of being posted. In other words, half of all the people who will see your post have seen it within the first half-hour after you post it. Not only that, by the time 90 minutes have elapsed, your average post reaches less than 2% of total audience for the next seven hours before it drops off completely.

That’s why timing your posts properly is the best strategy. Here are the best days and times to post according to current research from Social Caffeine:

Twitter
BEST: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday
WORST: 8 p.m. to 9 a.m. Avoid after 3 p.m. Friday and weekends

Facebook
BEST: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., peaking on Wednesdays at 3 p.m.
WORST: 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., avoiding weekends

LinkedIn
BEST: 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. OR 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday
WORST: 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., avoid Monday and Friday

Pinterest
BEST: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. or 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., peaking on Saturday morning
WORST: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and late afternoons

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Why Journal?

Journaling for life, for reason, for therapy, there are no rules.

My Journal

I partially answered why I journal in a previous post on Benefits Of Journaling. In this post I wanted to get a little more detailed on what journaling means to me.

Journaling is an escape; you might say its an addiction of sorts but there is no known cure or medication. Most of my journaling is used for clarity and healing. Let me see if I can explain and I must prefeace that journaling is not blogging. Although I’m sure a lot of people use blogs as journals but I’m just as certain they don’t really journal. Bloggers have an audience of many. Journalers usually have a audience of one, themselves. Sometimes the case may be that they have an audience of two but I think that may be very rare. Most people who journal will write as if nothing they write will be published or ever read by anyone else. I say most because I’m partially the exception. I also keep a separate journal on the life events of my kids and I think of it as something like a time capsule. I will allow them to read it when they’re past their teens.

I usually start my journaling in the morning. I like to say it’s the first thing I do but it’s not. My morning usually consists of getting ready for work before doing anything else. I’m not the kind of person who can get up and pray, meditate or even journal. I need to be completely ready for the day before I do anything. Journaling is usually the first on my list when I’m ready for the day. Some days I can write three of four pages and others maybe just a paragraph.

And so the question, why journaling? Do you ever just get completely overwhelmed by work, family, bills or just life? Of course, we all do. We all get overwhelmed and most of us have something to help us “cope”. Well this is just one of those mechanisms for coping.

Keeping a journal doesn’t mean you have to log everything that happens every day. I think of it more like a place to lay all of the issues of life, good and bad, out on paper to get a clear view of what may be overwhelming you. For me, this helps me analyze areas in my life that need attention. Or it may just help me get something out of my head or “off my chest”. I often use journaling as therapy to just vent certain challenges in my life. Actually, I find the latter to be the case more often than not. Think of it as a companion who will just listen.

I’ve only scratched the surface on journaling. How do you start you ask? Well, I prefer pen to paper and if you do I suggest you get a journal (Moleskine Cahier Pocket Plain Red Cover) and just start writing. If you prefer the digital method then I suggest you just start typing. It’s easy to start and there are no rules. I’d like to hear from you so leave me a note and tell me how you journal.

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Benefits Of Journaling

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I’m often asked, why do you journal? Well, my short answer used to be because it gives me clarity. But then I started thinking more about what really are the benefits? What do I really get out of it. So here’s my list.

  1. Pure enjoyment. I love to write, pen to paper. There is something about this that I can’t explain. From some of my earliest memories as a child, I just remember the pure enjoyment of stationary, pens, pencils and creating something on paper. To me this was a way to escape.
  2. Clarity: Journaling allows me to data dump thoughts in my head onto paper. Sometimes I keep a lot of thoughts and then I need to defrag those thoughts on paper so I can get a clear picture.
  3. Lessons Learned: Along with clarity, Journaling often times reminds me that sometimes I need to learn some life lessons. Some people I know keep a index in their journals. I don’t do this but in hindsight I with I would have.

A few tips for journaling.

  1. TABS: I like to use Moleskine Journals. They’re expensive but I like them although I’m not exclusive to them. But one thing I like is most of their journals come with tabs. This allows me to mark such things as “Goals”, “Events”, “Kids”, etc. This way I just get a quick guide to these topics.
  2. TOPICS: Most of my topics are just daily struggles. This is how I data dump. But if I don’t have anything to write, I just write about what makes me happy. I write a lot about my kids and recently dedicated one journal to my kids only.
  3. WHEN: Anytime. I write whenever it comes to me. I don’t like to have a specific time. It may work for you but there is no science to what works for everyone. I find that mornings are my favorite time to write but I certainly don’t limit myself.
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They Grow Up Fast. Or Do They?

Emma and Levi Fishing

Long Beach Fishing Derby: November 17, 2012

I have two kids, Emma and Levi (7 and 4 respectively). I love my kids and if you ask anyone who knows me, they know that I love spending time with them. I brag about them as any doting father does and I’m so proud of who they are becoming. I have to give a lot of that credit to their mom. She handles most of that and I just take the credit when I’m out with them. I love hearing people tell me how cute they are, how sweet they and how well behaved they are. I remember one time not too long ago, the three of us were at a park and Emma and Levi saw a little girl and her father. My kids are just naturally friendly and so they just said hello to the young girl. The young girl returned the gesture very timidly and said Hi. Then my kids said hi to her dad and he very politely returned the gesture as well. As they were getting into the car the father approached me and said, “you have really nice children. It says a lot about a parent when their kids are so pleasant and approachable.” I was overwhelmed with pride at that moment. I, we did something right with our kids. I was proud of them for being who they are and they’re like that with everyone (I’m sure as most kids are). I enjoy my kids, I enjoy moments, I enjoy who they are and I soak it all up.

So as a fairly new parent, new in the sense that most of my friend’s kids are in or out of college, I often here this phrase. “Enjoy them now because They Grow Up Fast.”

This is something I refuse to acknowledge as truth. My kids aren’t growing up fast, they’re growing up in the same time allotted everyone on this planet. They don’t travel in time, they don’t crawl through worm holes everyday and they certainly don’t have the ability to bend the rules of time and space. They are kids living in the same dimension as the rest of us therefore not growing any faster than anyone else on this planet.

Ok, so I know that’s not what they mean by “They Grow Up Fast”. But I still don’t acknowledge this false truth. I don’t like that phrase and whenever someone tells me to enjoy them now because they grow up fast I respond, “Actually, it’s not going by fast at all.” And when I think about it, it’s not. I just recently looked at some videos of Emma when she was three. I thought to myself, that was a long time ago. So there’s proof it’s not going by fast. If it were going by fast I would be saying, “Seems like just yesterday she was three.”

I think most parents just don’t live in the moment. There it is, it’s that simple, parents don’t live in the moment.

When I am with Emma and Levi I try to always live in that moment. Sometimes they don’t get all of me and sometimes I’m too busy to play with them but I don’t regret it. I can’t play hot wheels with Levi every waking moment. I can’t play dolls with Emma every waking moment. I can’t do everything at once. But what I can do it live in the moment and not chase the moment.

What I mean is, I think parents who say that their kids grow up fast miss a lot of moments with their kids as they grow up. They miss them because they’re either too busy trying to make sure they have enough for their kids to do or they are busy making plans to do something with their kids.

Levi and I have this thing now where we take walks two or three times a week. We’ll usually walk to the shopping center by our house and just take it in. I don’t worry about when we’ll get there and when we’ll get back, I just walk with my son. We have no schedule and we enjoy our time together. Sure the moments go by fast but he’s not growing up any faster because I can enjoy that time with him.

Enjoy your time with your kids in the moment and stop telling yourself that they grow up too fast. Keep telling yourself that and it will seem like they did because you were too busy worrying about them growing so fast that you didn’t take time to enjoy the moment.

I’m going to enjoy them now because they’re growing up SLOW and that’s just the way I like it.

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Amateur Video

I am by no means a professional videographer but I do enjoy it. As by my previous post, I do enjoy taking video of my children and adding music to it. It’s simple process and the end product is mine to enjoy for a lifetime.

On the other hand, I also make a little money by shooting a friend of mine who is a motivational speaker/author and coach. We make weekly videos using green screen. This is actually a lot of fun because I really enjoy the process of taking something raw and turning it into something a little more flashy.

This is my little editing bay from my laptop. I use Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects to produce these videos. The Chroma Key process has become almost second hand for me.

I’ve been producing these videos for almost 5 years now and I think it’s time to turn it up a notch. What does that mean? Just better equipment. But for now, here’s the finished product.

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My Beautiful Kids

I just read a blog regarding parents spending time with their children. The post started out with a quote from her son, “come play with me”. I have a 6 and 3 year old and I can always count on hear those words as soon as I walk in the door. “Come play with me dad.”

My first thought is always the same, “I just want to sit down for a few minutes. It just took me an hour to get home from my 23 mile drive.”

I usually cave to the “pressure” of my kids and sit down and play with them. But I have to say, it’s worth it. I’m creating memories for them as my dad did with me.

On the weekends I like to get outside with my kids and usually I can journal our outings because I always have a video camera with me. This video was from a few weeks ago while the kids were playing in my mom’s backyard. The very backyard my parents created memories for me.

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New Postcard Design

This is the newest postcard design for the 30 year class reunion at John F Kennedy High School. I was the class of 1982. Seems like yesterday.

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Green Screen Production for HammerHouse

I did this video back in Jan of 2012. This particular video does not have a intro. I will post that one soon.

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Kennedy High School Reunion Postcard

Here’s another postcard for my high school reunion. I think it’s unfinished but I wanted to post it regardless.

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Green Screen Production Final

This is part of a weekly video series I work on for Dan Manginelli, author/speaker. Still getting the lighting figured out but seems to work so far.

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