I’ve been doing a lot of thinking recently about CONTACT’s future – how to improve it, how to make it work better, how to rationalise some of the inefficiencies that have crept into my life over the years.
And I’ve been doing a lot of that thinking while walking or just staring out to sea – and, with sights like these beautiful creatures frolicking in my back yard today, it became much easier to decided that something has to give.
Facebook is one of those ‘time sucks’ that just ruins a productive day.
I’ve been spending far too much time on Facebook – easily 3 to 4 hours a day, 7 days a week – and it’s all your fault, Australian Defence Force Cadets 😉
So I’ve decided – Facebook is somewhere I will, from now on, simply promote stories and posts etc from this web site.
No more scrolling through endless reams of detritus and cute puppies looking for stories.
One major casualty of this decision is the CONTACT Cadets Facebook page.
The essence of CONTACT Cadets was that I had to ‘Like’ every Defence Force Cadet Facebook page in the country (hundreds of them) and scroll through my Facebook feed several times a day looking for Cadet posts to share.
It sounded like a great idea initially – luring thousands of Aussie Cadets into my domain and getting them addicted to the sweet nectar of CONTACT magazine.
But it never worked out like that.
After two years of fishing, fewer than 500 people have ‘Liked’ CONTACT Cadets – and I end up ‘wasting’ four hours a day of good
whale-watching I mean, good CONTACT production time.
Henceforth, CONTACT Cadets will not be a place where I share posts from other Facebook sources.
Henceforth, the only posts I’ll be sharing to CONTACT Cadets will be stories and photos that have first been published here in the CADETS section of this web site – and to get included here, units, staff or cadets can send me stories with (preferably just one) photo, ready (or near ready – I’m happy to do some editing) for publication.
That said, if any individual or any organisation wants to volunteer to be an admin on CONTACT Cadets and do the caring sharing side of it for me, I’ll happily give you access – though god knows why you’d want to 😉
Oh – and the best stories submitted may also get included in the CADET Corner pages of CONTACT magazine.