It's a challenge, some times, to keep up with all the latest digital connection places. Back when I was a digital neophyte in 2006 and started this blog, the world of bloggers was a small one and often under siege by the mainstream media. But as a group we hung together, and no other group hung together better than the bloggers for the Paris Blog. And now, we old-world bloggers are SO thrilled that the mainstream media have joined our ranks.
But -- wow -- how to keep up with all the new media? And, umm, I now have a day job. As technology and cool social media sites have proliferated, I've done my best to keep abreast of all the sites for communicating my message.
This blog of course, has a Facebook page, and if you haven't yet liked it, I encourage your participation.
I am also on Tumblr (for which I have a kind of visceral aesthetic love), and Twitter, which I attend to in fits and starts.
I am even on etsy and ebay, should I ever find the time to sell some of my French trouvailles. Working on it!
But when I joined Pinterest, I was irked, annoyed, upset to see that someone had taken my name, "Polly-Vous Francais," to use for one of her Pinterest pages. Awkwardly, I do also have my own, authentic, Polly-Vous Francais Pinterest account.
Why would anyone want to siphon credit, SEO, and Google page hits from my personal blog, which has spent six years delivering knowledgeable fun and news about Americans and their relationship with France? Especially since this other person who copied my copyrighted nom de plume is not named Polly in real life and has never even lived in France? Polly-Vous Francais is my personal brand, built with pride and quality and a true raison d'etre.
I've left a few comments on her page, asking for a name change. A few loyal fans have done the same. No response. Naturally, I'm not encouraging readers to flock to her page because that will only increase her page hits. Arrgh! But I wish that common courtesy still existed in the cyberworld.
What do you think? Next steps?
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