“I dropped all the toxic people in my life. Block. Delete. So simple. I unfollowed all the news and political pages on Twitter and Facebook. Life is so much better being a little selfish and putting my needs first. You can’t pour from an empty cup. As bitchy and heartless as I may sound, I’m actually able to love and care for those who actually care about me better after getting rid of the draining relationships.” — Naoko P.
Seriously, read this:
… within several decades after Trump’s presidency has ended, the looming effects of ecological disaster due to human-caused climate change—which Trump not only denies but is doing so much to accelerate—will be inescapable. Desertification of continental interiors, flooding of populous coastal areas, and increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, with concomitant shortages of fresh water and food, will set in motion both population flight and conflicts over scarce resources that dwarf the current fate of Central Africa and Syria. No wall will be high enough to shelter the US from these events. Trump is not Hitler and Trumpism is not Nazism, but regardless of how the Trump presidency concludes, this is a story unlikely to have a happy ending.
Today I want to share something with you, which works very well (for me!) for some time now. I’ve done a lot of research on this and I think I’m now able to put the best possible results together here for you.
I’m talking about the best times to post on social media. That sounds a bit general, and it is, so please, just take this as a guideline, but not as a 100 percent truth. Depending on what content you share it may work differently for you, and there are certainly many other factors that relativize my results.
I suggest that you always consult your own experiences and your gut feeling before you follow my (or anyone else’s) advice, especially when it comes to something as complicated as the one being talked about here.
However, here are my suggestions (all times in 24h format):
- Any day
- Between 13:00 an 15:00, 20:00
- Go here: Followerwonk
- Fill in your Twitter name, click “Do it”
- Scroll a bit down to “Most active hours for users [your_twitter_name] follows”
- Check the results, or even add those to a Buffer schedule automatically!
- Mondays, Thursdays
- Between 8:00 and 9:00, 17:00
- Weekdays only
- Between 9:00 and 13:00
You can really skip weekends entirely.
- All week, although weekends, especially Sundays, are stronger
- Between 17:00 and 1:00 (next day)
Tumblr folks are active at nights!
- Weekdays only
- Between 7:00 and 8:00, 12:00, between 17:00 and 18:00
That’s it. Make sure to leave at least 15 minutes between posts. Happy posting! 🙂
- So Are You Trying To Be A Musician
I am a musician. Not trying. Trying to be a musician is watching the first YouTube video on how to hold a guitar. Not what I have done for the past 15 years. That is BEING a musician.
- You Sound Like…
I know you’re trying to be nice by putting me in good company, but musicians want to feel original. We don’t want to hear we sound like everyone else. That we’re unoriginal. It’s fine for you to sell your friends on listening to someone new by comparing them to well known artists, but when talking to a musician, the best compliment is “you sound like YOU and it’s awesome.” Unless you’re talking to a pop producer, then yeah, “it sounds like Katy Perry” is probably the best compliment you could give.
- You Should Try Out For American Idol
I will slap you.
- When Am I Going To Hear You On The Radio?
When your radio plays better shit.
- You Should Be On The Voice
Because that’s a career builder. Right Jermaine?
- You Must Love Karaoke
No, actually, I hate karaoke because I have to listen to you sing.
- Can I Get On The List? Plus 1?
You don’t have $10 to support my music, but you have $50 for the round of shots you just bought everyone?
- What’s Your Real Job?
It’s this little field called music. It’s way more real than those TPS reports you put together for the Bobs.
- What’s Your Backup Plan
- It Will Be Great Exposure
Meaning, it doesn’t pay. No thanks.
- I Have A Great Idea For A Song
And I have a great idea on how you can fix my faucet better. But let’s keep these things to ourselves.
- Free Bird
That stopped being funny in ’97.
The speech in its entirety is worth this post, but what struck me like lightning was the final sentence, a quote by Carrie Fisher:
“Take your broken heart, make it into art.”
Absolutely fantastic interview with Mike Oldfield from 2013. Don’t mind the date, it’s a really great and insightful interview, especially for musicians!
Studies show that for most types of cognitively demanding tasks, anything but quiet hurts performance. Like most modern “knowledge” workers, I spend my days in an open office.