Facebook Roundup, January 5, 2014

Read recent highlights from The Blue Bottle Tree on Facebook, posted January 5, 2014. As you might know, I have a pretty active Facebook page where I share interesting links that I find around the web and share insights and thoughts as they come to me about art, creativity, and polymer clay art. Many of you take the time to make great comments and often the resulting conversations can be quite fascinating and engaging. It’s been really great and I have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to share and interact with all of you.

But Facebook has been changing and although my page has 1241 likers as of today, most of my posts are not seen by more than a handful of people. My last post, made several hours ago, has been seen by 159 people thus far. The number of people who see each post, a number that Facebook calls Post Reach, has been steadily declining over the past several months. This isn’t a reflection of the quality of my posts or a problem that’s unique to my page. It’s happening to all pages because Facebook is trying to encourage page owners to pay money to ensure post reach. And I just don’t have the finances to do that. You can read about how this is affecting other page owners here.

So the the result is that I’m seeing fewer familiar names post comments over time. I have had people write to ask me why I’m not posting so much anymore. I’m still posting on Facebook! But I’m being muffled and filtered. It occurred to me that I can bring those great posts to you here. So today is the beginning of a new feature here on The Blue Bottle Tree. I’ll be writing a regular post that summarizes some of the more interesting and engaging posts and discussions that have happened recently on my Facebook page.

I do know that some of you are subscribers on both this website and my Facebook page and I don’t want to bore you with duplicate content. But on the other hand, consider yourself lucky that you’ve seen these on Facebook at all. According to my stats, not many of you have!

Without further ado, here’s what we’ve been talking about on Facebook over the past two weeks.

Recently Posted on The Blue Bottle Tree on Facebook

Clay Cat Shop

Adriana Ayala of Clay Cat Shop makes polymer clay illustrations and portraits of people which include their pastimes, hobbies, professions, and lifestyles.

Creating with an audience

There was a quite lively discussion about whether or not being watched by others caused your creative process to dry up. Nearly everyone stated that they much preferred to be alone while they created. Tammy Adams, Sherry Dominick and JuLee Wolfe reported that even having someone watch them do simple things like type or write caused their fingers to get all twisted up. Donna Greenberg said that as a former mural painter she got used to others being around while and even thought of it as an opportunity to teach bystanders about how comprehensive the process can be. Tondy Seaton brought up that an art teacher would interfere with the feeling of the work, while Andrea Rivers mentioned that she missed the honest critiques of the art school environment. Alisa Siceloff and Janet Wilson didn’t mind creating if their kids were near. Read the comments and add your own here:

Ester Roi

I shared Ester Roi’s process of creating wax pencil or crayon drawings by using a warmed drawing board to help blend the colors together. You can see more about Ester’s process on her website.

Parker’s Clayful Tutorials

Kater’s Acres has started a subscription tutorial service, so if you’re looking for a way to get regular inspiration and instruction, here’s a great way. Katie says she also has a dedicated Facebook group for members where you will be able to share your questions and learn in a group environment. Sounds like a great idea to me.

Ivana Brožová

I featured two different projects by Ivana Brožová. Both were organic shapes made from polymer clay and used texture to create an intriguing form. You can see more of Ivana’s work on her Flickr photostream.

Inside the Box

And then there was this intriguing article on Slate.com, called “Inside the Box”, about whether we really want creative answers in our lives or not. It seems that creative people are often shunned in our society and people will tend to go for safe, easy, predictable solutions rather than look for creative ways to solve problems and create new projects.

Wendy’s Rustic Beads

Wendy Jorre de St Jorre shared with us her very first “trial” beads that she made with my Rustic Beads and Components Tutorial. Aren’t they fabulous? Wendy says she’s only been working with polymer clay for a year, but to look at her Flickr photostream you’d think she’d been doing this forever.

DREAM Machine

Have you heard of the DREAM Machine by Polymer Clay Express? At last report they only needed 12 more orders to begin the next production run. You might want to splurge after you see what one is able to do with a block of clay!

Like The Blue Bottle Tree on Facebook

Do you like the types of articles that I mention and share? Then why not head over to Facebook and like my page. You might get lucky and start seeing my posts in your feed.

14 thoughts on “Facebook Roundup, January 5, 2014”

  1. It always comes down to $$, doesn’t it?! It’s no wonder FB is on the decline for popularity. Since I subscribe to your blog, it is even more fun now to read your wonderful posts here. Thanks, Ginger!

    1. Well, I don’t begrudge them money. They are a business, after all, and I don’t have to play along. But it’s a frustrating obstacle that doesn’t work for me. I want them to do it my way! 😉 I’m glad that you subscribe to my blog, I’m glad to have you. And this just confirms what I’ve always felt. The best place to invest my time is a website that I can control. I control my website, not Facebook.

  2. Have you discovered Pocket yet? It’s a great site where you can forward articles & websites. All your blogs are kept on it for future reference.

    1. No, I haven’t checked it out yet, but I do see incoming links from it. I’ll definitely explore it. My blog reading has been severely disturbed since Google Reader died as I’ve not found any of the others to be working very well for me. I use Feedly at the moment, and I see they integrate with Pocket, so that might have some merit for me. Thanks!

    1. Well, there was a bit of coding magic from my friendly wedded web guru, but most of it is easy to do yourself. Take a look at a post on your FB page, click the arrow on the right, and see where it says “embed post”. At the top will be the code for the embed. Just copy that and post into your web page. You’ll have to be in HTML mode, though, not the normal visual mode. But give it a try on a test post and experiment. It was a lot easier than I thought. The only thing my husband had to do was center them.

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