Launch Day was a Win!
Wednesday was an exciting day for me. It was the official launch day of my Facebook Page. (If you haven’t seen it yet, I’d love to have you stop by.) The day was a blast. Lots of people came through. I ended up with 101 “likes.” That means 101 people said that I can put content into their Facebook feed. That’s a big deal for someone who writes. Some of them also subscribed to my blog here. (Welcome, new readers. This will be your first email post from me!)
But something bigger happened than meeting my social media goals. I saw real and engaging conversation taking place. People shared about their journey, their struggles. People encouraged each other. One person even blogged about the experience.
The whole thing humbled me. It filled me with gratitude. It gave me a glimpse that maybe my personal dream of helping people beyond my church through my writing and speaking is a real possibility, and not just a pipe dream. It was an amazing day. I’m so thankful to everyone who participated.
I also learned a lot. The questions that people answered gave me weeks of content for new blog posts. It helped me see the things that people are struggling with, and how so often we really are all the same in the deep places. I also noticed how much fun I was having interacting with people, encouraging them, and offering hope. (“Huh! This feels good. Maybe I should do it more.”)
Now a quick gift.
A Quick Gift
There was also one really great practical suggestion, and that leads to the purpose of this post.
One participant, Connie, mentioned that she likes to read things repeatedly in order to internalize them and that she especially likes to read on real paper.
I’m an “early adopter.” I’ve had a Kindle since the day after Kindle’s existed. I read on my phone and my computer and my iPad and who knows where else. But Connie’s comment reminded me that not everyone is like me. And so, thanks to her, today I announce a handy new feature.
Some of us will never use it. But others, like Connie, might use it all the time. Introducing Print Friendly Pages! I know, you could print out pages of the blog before, but you were at the mercy of your browser for how that print turned out. This is better.
Now, at the bottom of each post you’ll find a little print icon. When you click it, you’ll be swooshed away to a nice clean print dialogue. You’ll have the option to print, save as a PDF, or email the document. You can change the text size, if my formatting is too small for you. You can even strip out the pictures, and easily delete any of the extra content you don’t want. And then, you click print, and there I’ll be sliding out of your printer.
So, thanks Connie, for the suggestion. I hope you enjoy reading my stuff on paper.
(Quick… look to the right. You should see the real thing.)