Keeping up with Made by Molu!

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[Image credit: Made by Molu]

A little FYI for those who may be new to Made by Molu; you can follow more of my creative-crafty-diy-handmade antics on my Facebook and Twitter page as well as on here! So do pop along and say hi! :) If you like what you see then please feel free to share the word to more like-minded creative design + craft enthusiasts! Also, if you really want to keep up with the regular posts, news and updates then simply ‘follow‘ the blog via email, ‘like‘ my FB page and ‘follow‘ my Twitter account. It’s as simple as that!! :)

Oh and I’m always in search for more inspirational design and craft blogs as well as meeting new designer-makers so let me know if you have interesting ones I can follow too! There can never be enough distractions! ;) It’s all about staying connected on the blogosphere! See you around folks! xx

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Facebook page ‘news feed’ changes, etc

There are a few things to note with Facebook with regards to recent changes that have taken place without our knowledge until a couple of  fellow users/friends kindly pointed it out to me! I do wish they would actually tell us users when they are about to change something because it can be rather frustrating and even have an impact on your profile!

Firstly,  if you’ve ‘liked‘ a ‘page’ (be it a blog, fan or business page) you now need to check if you’ve selected to either “get notifications” or “show in news feed” in order to get any alerts of recent postings from that page. Facebook apparently sets these automatically and randomly by default (just like it does with news of friends off your list) so you need to just double-check this particularly if there are pages you actually want to get alerts from. Now funnily enough, I have noticed on my page, that the number of views on each post I’ve made over the last couple of months have decreased – I used to get over 200 views (your stats indicate this at the bottom of each post) but now have drastically dropped by half or more than half in some instances! Initially it did make me concerned thinking I was loosing interest from followers but something just didn’t seem right especially when I noticed my overall ‘likes’ for the page were in fact increasing! So this could possibly be the reason……where your posts are not being ‘seen’ by many of your followers because the settings have now been played with by Facebook?? Obviously this isn’t going to help personal blogs and businesses so could I please urge you all to check the settings simply by hovering your mouse over the ‘like’ button of the page and then selecting ‘get notifications’ or ‘show in news feed’……oh and they now have ‘add to interest list’ which I’m not as yet sure how it works. And you can start by checking on the ones you’d like to follow more closely. Anyway, here’s a screen shot of what I mean:

facebook changes april 2013

Secondly, when you ‘like’ a page I was told that if you like it via a ‘page’ of yours as oppose to your personal profile page then it doesn’t count as a ‘like’ for that page you’ve followed i.e. it doesn’t do anything towards bumping up the number of ‘likes’. All this time I’ve been ‘liking’ pages via my Made by Molu page as I wanted to keep those craft/handmade/design/vintage related pages i liked associated with my blog/business page……you’d think that made sense keeping business with business and personal with personal! And where certain pages that needed more support from followers I’d ‘like’ it through my personal profile page too thinking they’d BOTH count. But nope – only the one from your personal profile actually counts! Bit silly to be honest but I thought I’d let you know. So if you’d like to show your support to these ‘pages’ or want to add to the count for a giveaway or competition then do remember to ‘like’ them from your personal profile for it to be actually  included.

So those are the two I’m aware of! If any of you know or hear of any other changes encountered on Facebook please PLEASE do let us know!! Some of these can actually have a bigger impact on blogs and businesses than you’d imagine!

To ‘like’ or to not to ‘like’……that is the question

FACEBOOK LIKEI’m not sure if any of you have ever thought the same way but is it just me when I begin to think that the ‘like’ button under every comment and photo on Facebook is killing the art of social communication? Agreed, that we don’t all have the luxury that is ‘time’ and it is of the essence, so to ‘like’ a comment or photo is far better than to do nothing at all! But then do we hit that button far more than we ought to because it’s easier than having to actually make our fingers move across the keyboard to create a comment? Is it making us lazier particularly now that we have our world at our fingertips? Before it was introduced, I remember how we all used to make the effort on commenting and now all I see are ‘like’ this ‘like’ that. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with ‘liking’ something (especially ‘liking’ pages which is a different thing altogether!) and I for one am guilty as charged and very conscious of this myself which is why I’m trying to comment where possible! It wouldn’t hurt to add a little comment or two once in a while either, right? And surely this is even more critical to do so on business pages or personal blogs where the owner of that page or website would actually benefit from comments and feedback from their readers. So with everything becoming so accessible to us where we can easily ‘pin’, ‘re-tweet’ and ‘like’ things we see in this cyber world does that remove us further from vital social interaction and communication? Bearing in mind we all seem to be loosing that anyway by being glued to our smartphones, tablets and computer screens more these days!

What do you think folks? Am I on my own in thinking this? How about you leave your thoughts in the comments section – now there’s an idea! ;) :D   xx

FACEBOOK ‘GIVEAWAY’ ANNOUNCEMENT!

MbM 100th GIVEAWAY announcement

So, it’s decided……that once I reach 100 “likes” on my Facebook page I’m going to ‘GIVE-AWAY’ something über special (and handmade of course! From bespoke stationery to wall art to personalised gifts). AND I wont just stop there…..there will be one for every 100th “Like” milestone there after!! 

**HOW TO PARTAKE**

  1. Simply ‘share’ this post, website link or my Facebook Page link onto your Facebook timeline or even your blog,
  2. mention the ‘giveaway’ and
  3. ‘Like’ my page (if you don’t already!)……and it’s as easy as that! :)

Right then, let’s get this page of mine shared across many more creative folk around the globe (yup, this is open for international followers too!) and get the ‘likes’ rising! When we get closer to the targets I will reveal what the ‘GIVEAWAY’ is. Maybe we could even get some suggestions in? Anyway, the winner will be drawn at random and announced on here!

So….what do you say folks? Do you like the sound of that? I need more creative projects to add to the already growing list…..so why not! ;)

A HUGE ‘thank you’ to all my loyal and avid followers to date and to the very recent ones too!! If you do enjoy following my creative antics here, on Facebook or Twitter then please do share this to get the word out to more like-minded creative people and get yourself closer to a chance of winning something special from me!

I’m excited at the prospect of making stuff for you so why not partake in that excitement with me? ;) xx

‘Made by Molu’ facebook page launch – now live!

I have officially launched a Facebook page for Made by Molu so if you are Facebook user please do visit and ‘like’ my page to find out more on current affairs such as design shows and events, connect with other like-minded individuals and businesses within the creative industry or to simply follow more of my creative d.i.y. antics on there! :)  I’m hoping to get as many followers as I can so that folk know of my existence… so whatever your reasons, I would be really really grateful for all your love and support!! Thank you!! xx