What People Share! –Part 2

The trials of harnessing more views and shares!

Most of us try are best to gain more views attempting to draw a larger crowd to our Blogs or Websites, while some of us maybe content with the smaller following.

Carp, fish, family parks
Nephew Keith at Family Park “38.5 LBS Carp May 2016”

Most of us use the tools of the trade to maximize potential viewers, from Facebook to Instagram among other platforms. We make our final edits thinking it is a piece of art. We publish across the available tools at our disposal. Then we wait like a patient Fisherman anticipating the large catch.


small fish

However most of the time  it may feel more like a trickle of viewers rather than a line waiting to see Star Wars or to obtain the latest Apple gadget.


One area to help to defeat this is to know your “Age Target Range”  Sure, most of us may have set an Audience Target that might like what we have to offer but age range also plays an important role when trying to attract new viewers and followers.

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© Deb Hardy

Weather it be a Facebook Fan Page, your YouTube video channel or your Blogs, age range deals with a certain philological aspect of different interests.




What People Share! –Part 1

The trials of harnessing more views and shares!


We have many mediums to utilize as tools to help our quest of gaining more exposure, but what do people share, what are they interested in? What compels one to not only click the like button, but also share within that medium and on other platforms?

Yesterday, in an earlier post,  Returned From Hiatus I mentioned that I have been studying trends as to what most people share besides just clicking that like button and moving on to never look back. This brings me to an even earlier post I wrote in October 2015, What’s hot and What’s Not? where I mentioned Leisel’s Nightmare Before Christmas Sugar Cookies that did receive several external views from Reddit and today when I look and the general stats that anyone can see, thirty-six people clicked the like button, including myself and it did get shared out to Facebook eighty (80) times! I wonder how well it might have faired, if it were turned into a video, after all she did mention that icing got in her hair.

Here are a few examples, that I pulled this morning, the first one is from The Writer’s Circle an online magazine.

The Writer;s Circle

From this image we see,Four thousand likes and 1,743 shares since The Writer’s Circle posted  just ten hours ago when I captured the image.

Although, this one post of theirs did rather well, they have others that were not well received with only 250 likes and no shares.

Lets’ take a look at Photography!

photography, photos, videos

This one received over 1 million views!




Now let’s get inside the actual page and see the real stats.




1 million views with over 22-thousand shares.




Most of us have probably heard of Candace Payne, who one day decided to use the new Facebook Live Video feature. Now, soak this one in, on May 19th of this year at 2:24PM Candace  decided to make a video out of the blue with no real cause but just to do it, in my opinion, this one video changed her life. She has been in the Candace_Bluecheckmarknews, The Facebook Creator himself invited her to their headquarters to have some fun and she even has the Blue Badge Check Mark. Candace, to date is the only person to achieve 144 million views with the new Live feature on Facebook.  As I look at her page Candace_viewsI see 2.6 million likes with shares that surpass my digits of counting.

The video is here incase you missed it: You will need to scroll down to May 19th posts.



Returned From Hiatus

I have returned from the dead! I see I have a lot of catching up to do as well!

During my hiatus, I have been researching and studying trends. What age groups, what a majority of people are into and what they share besides just clicking the like button.

Those post will follow this one, once I have proof read them. Also, during my hiatus, I was asked by Janice to be a Guest Blogger which went live today. I wrote an article to accompany a video I made. I do hope most to all will enjoy and find needed information pertaining to Copyrights. The article can be read here:  http://mostlyblogging.com/protect-yourself-from-copyright-violation/

I have also been pursuing the art of Photography to coincide with the photo restoration that I do. Images will come later.

4 Lessons from Tennis That Successful People Use and Why You Should Too for Achieveing Your Goals

This is a great concept of staying focused on reaching your goals!

The Zeit

1- Keep your eye on the ball

keep your eye on the ballA key component of a winning strategy in tennis is keeping your eye on the ball. No matter what an opponent does, a player is in control of the game as long as she keeps her eye on the ball.

“I’ve watched and played countless hours of tennis and whether it is Wimbledon or the Australian Open or the local court, I’ve never once seen a player win a match by looking at the scoreboard. Champions keep their eye firmly focused on the ball and let the scoreboard take care of itself.”

Catherine DeVrye, 2x  Australian Keynote Speaker of the Year

As you try to lose weight, get fitter, become healthier, or change your lifestyle, it is sometimes hard to focus on the core activities that can get you there successfully. There is a difference between focussing on your core activities and…

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Veterans Day 2015

Honoring those that have served!
World War II

Young men considered as boys during World War II some knew what they were getting into, some joined just to have a place to sleep and their bellies full, some joined because adventure called their name, then those that needed to provide for their families during those harsh economic times. Those in recent wars like the Persian Gulf who were ordered by the court to join or else!

To those that have bled dearly, lost of limb and or life, made sacrifices that most of us can only fathom the hidden raw emotions while showing acts of true bravery protecting us and your brothers in arms.

I salute you!

Navy world war II

Anthony Garcia, one of my Dad’s friends growing up in Colusa California. Killed in Action September 28 in France, age 23.

The article does not mention what really happened. Anthony had a letter from home, and while he was knee deep and bunkered down, the sound of war everywhere piercing all ears, he took out the letter and read it, probably to bring him some comfort and while he was reading the letter a bullet hit him in the head.


Dads Freind 1


Another one of my Dad’s friends. I can’t make out the last name, but his first name is Tony.


navy World War II

My Dad, Antonio Jesus Rios born in Farmersville, Texas to grandparents who immigrated from Mexico.

Served on the USS Petrof and the USS General J. C. Breckinridge. While stuck in the rice patties fighting the Japenese enemy, Dad encountered a hand to hand combat. He told me that was the day he should have been World war II 1945dead, instead the enemy butted him in the jaw with his rifle leaving my Dad knock out cold against some type of tree,  that’s how he became a proud owner of false dentures. When my dad went back to get his Navy Album from his Mother, all of his medals were gone, the purple heart among others, all gone, even some of his personal photos. I often wonder if my Dad might have met Audie Murphy, becuase they came from the same area of Texas.

Others that have served.

Brother Paul Anthony Rios. Marine Corp.

Brother Roy on the USS Enterpise, Electical Enginerree

Cusin Bob, USAF

Uncle Joe Reza, Infintry United Staes Army WWII

1st Cusin Clyde Loreto, USAF

MarinesUncle Dannis Bradford, my Mothers biological brother who served in the Korean war. Back then it was a crime letting sexual preference known so he is one that hid in the closets, perhaps that is why he tread some of his sisters with anger.



World War I

World War I

Albert Bradofrd, my maternal grandfather, served in the first World War, United States Army PVT.

Born in 1879, in 1914 he was 35 years of age when it broke out.



Persian Gulf WarMy best firend and only true frined, Troy Haywood served in the Persian Gulf War. I think most of remember this one. Cnn and other media coverage was 24/7 non’stop.

When Troy got back, we had a beer togather at a local bar, he informed that most lifes were lost due to friendly fire.. I am very greatful he was not one of the fatalities.


Mama Would Have Turned 68 Today

Meet Kim, one of my Blog friends, this is a tribute to her Mother, the family resemblance is remarkable.


Hard to believe she was even prettier on the inside. Hard to believe she was even prettier on the inside.

Today my Mother would have celebrated her 68th Birthday. We would have taken her out to a Tex-Mex restaurant where she would have ordered cheese enchiladas. And after dinner, she would have been presented with an assortment of gifts but also with the traditional gift of “Mama Pajamas” that her three girls picked out every year.

Can I make it through this post? It’s still so difficult, even after 16 years. Receiving her cancer diagnosis ripped the seams of my world apart at 17. I watched her bravely fight for her life through chemo and radiation. I proudly witnessed her come out of her shy shell, as she became the “chemo cheerleader” and adopted her fellow chemo patients. She was self-described as painfully shy, but her illness brought out the warrior in her. I held her hand when she took…

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