Monday, July 11, 2016

Do You Use Google +

Some time ago I mentioned that I had finally grown to enjoy Google+. And, that I might do a blog post about it. Of course, my revelation got mixed comments from my blogger friends. Some hate Google+, some tolerate it, some ignore it and some wish it would just go away.

I admit it's difficult to find your niche with Google+ but I finally did. And, I really enjoy it. Let me tell you how I did it. (okay, all of you that are totally convinced you hate it... I understand... but I hope I might change your mind).

First of all, I love good photography. I love the pictures you blogging friends post. Not all of us are Great Photographers... I understand that. But, we like looking at pretty pictures, right?

I discovered that Google+ is a great outlet to display my better photography. I have never been able to use Instagram so this is my substitute. And, I love it.

                                                         THE BEST WAY TO USE GOOGLE+

1. Decide what you want Google+ to be for you
         (do you want to promote your blog? -
                         connect with people you know -
                                            show off you photography?)
(my personal page on Google+)

2. Once you decide what your Google+ page will be, then it's time to start building your circles.
This I did very slowly, with much thought as to the content of that persons contributions to the       site.

 I find that most Americans are just letting Google+ auto-add their blogs (they've never set it to not do so) and that's fine. It's just not what I wanted to do. Most of the people in my circles are people from foreign countries who are posting beautiful pictures of the things I like to look at (art, flowers, birds etc)  ... pictures like the following two

3. Click on Communities.
     This is where where you choose what will show up on the main page (what you will look at each time  you access that site). Join the communities that most interest you.

4. It will take time. Don't get in a hurry. If you are interested in a large number of visitors... then you       follow everyone .... but that's where you will lose interest in the site itself. It becomes too muddled.

 5.  I have been very picky about who I add to my circles. They are those persons who have great pictures to share and in the categories that I had chosen in Communites. For me it was ART, BIRDS, FLOWERS.... things I liked. Soon that was what was showing up on my feed. (when I first began it showed just a large variety of things)

 I just love going to Google+ once a day and scrolling through the pretty pictures of those things. It's a peaceful, enjoyable little journey to a place I don't get to go in person. And, I don't get what I don't want because I have been very selective in my choosing!

6. My contribution.... Every other day I post one of my better pictures. Other people get to see my work and I like to be able to share in their joy and them, in mine.

                                                 Did this help to change your mind?

I'd love to hear your stories about your encounter with Google+ (if you have) 


  1. I was on G+ a while back when I had a different blog. I liked it, but then like you said, it became too muddled when I started adding too many people in my circles. I agree though that it is great for photographers. I'm not opposed to trying it again. What I really dislike is Facebook, and I got off of that a couple of years ago.

  2. Nope. But I am very glad that it is working for you!

  3. I've never understood it or how to use it. It's nice that you enjoy it!

  4. While I myself have never used Google + several bloggers I read do and seem to enjoy it. I may change my mind at some future time, but meanwhile I appreciated your explanation of how much you enjoy using it to view things you enjoy most. Thanks.

  5. I've been ignoring it....but maybe it is time for a new look at it. That's the problem - time. So many sites, so little time!

  6. I haven't tried Google+, bit I need to. Guess, I don't want to have to learn something new! But, after reading your post, I feel inspired to try! Pam @ Everyday Living

  7. I know, I know...I just can't seem to get into it! When I tried to look at your photos 6 months ago and couldn't view what I wanted to see because I wasn't a member of that particular community, I became annoyed, and I haven't been back on since. Sorry. I know I should give it another look.


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