The third test was published to Facebook through a service called Networked blogs, not through the Facebook Publicize plug-in. This is the fourth test of the Facebook Publicize plug-in, which is part of the Jetpack plug-in by WordPress. Hopefully this one will work, as the Jetpack support folks say they think it should be working now. Testing… anda 1 anda 2 anda 3 anda 4….
From time to time the Jetpack plug-in feature that is supposed to automatically publish posts on my blog to Facebook seems to stop working. This seems to have happened a couple of days ago. I wrote a post and published it, expecting it to cross-post to Facebook. It does not seem to have happened. This is a test-post to see if the Jetpack plug-in feature is working.
I came across this journal entry earlier today, and to be perfectly honest, I had completely forgotten about this incident! After reading it again today, the memory has come back to me as fresh as if it had happened yesterday, and I want to share it with my friends now. I think it might bring you a chuckle, especially if you know my dear mother.
If my mother is reading my Facebook page, I think she will remember this, and I hope will have a good laugh right along with the rest of us! This absolutely, really, and truly happened!
Sometime in May, 2012:
My mother was bored with being pent-up in the house. She told me that she wanted to get out, and asked me to go with her somewhere – anywhere. So we went shopping at the local Wal-Mart to buy some new shoes, pick up some kitty litter, and a water bottle for the travel cage for our two new kittens.
As we were walking through the aisles, we saw a little boy grab hold of a very large ball from one of the end caps. He lost control of the ball (it was almost as big as he was!) and the ball started to bounce towards us. As we kept walking in the direction of the ball and the little boy (and his mother, who was quite annoyed with him for having grabbed the ball in the first place and his grandmother who was just watching, quite amused) I was planning to bend down, scoop up the ball and put it back into the basket on the end cap.
Much to my surprise, my mother quickened her pace and reached the ball before me. Without saying a word, she gave the ball a little kick towards the little boy. Before anyone could react, that ball was airborne!
That ball bounced off of the top of that little boy’s head and right into his mother’s arms! I sure wished that I had a video camera rolling right then! That would have been a viral YouTube video for sure! There was dead silence for just a second, then suddenly (thankfully) all of the adults started laughing like crazy.
Then my mother cried out “I’m so sorry (amid poorly stifled peals of laughter) I didn’t mean to hit you in the head!” The boy just looked shocked; I don’t think he knew what to do!
But all of the other adults that had seen it happen just kept laughing and laughing.
As we kept walking towards the family, the mother said “I’m sure he’s fine.” As we walked past the grandmother, she looked straight at us, said “good one,” held out her hand and gave my mother a high-five! I never heard a peep out of that little boy the entire time. What a riot!
Nothing like a little bit of knowledge to make someone realize how much there is that they don’t know! This is the last week of the Facebook/Twitter “Blast” that I signed up for. I still don’t think I have any idea of what I am doing here, but that is OK I guess. I AM getting the opportunity to read lots of people’s pages and tweets and finding a lot of people with similar interests, and others with fresh perspectives, so I think that is a good thing.
Participants in this “Blast” are entered in a drawing to win a gift card. I don’t even care if I win or not, just “meeting” all of the other folks has been enough reward for me!
It wasn’t until after I signed up for the four weeks of the Facebook and Twitter blast that I realized that if the event was going to be alternating between the two that the smart thing to do would be for me to set up two different twitter accounts and then two different Facebook accounts. Oh well…. next time!
I have set up a second Facebook page – hopefully I can arrange for the final week to be having the last week of the Facebook Blast to be sending some love to that page.
I’m a bit confused, concerned that I might be doing something wrong because there are a lot more likes and follows than I expected to get. Don’t get me wrong, I’m really GLAD of that, but I keep wondering if I am supposed to be doing something more than what I have been doing! Well, whatever happens I hope that no one gets angry with me and says “you were supposed to be doing XXXXXX and you didn’t and now we all hate you!”
I DO know I am supposed to be putting some graphics on this blog post, to be letting any readers be able to participate in the Blast. So, here they are!