We’re trying something new with the Horse Sense and Cents™ activities. Last week we succumbed to recommendations from advisors and began the process of setting up a Facebook Fan Page. This is new territory. So, any help readers can lend in offering ideas for what you want to see there, commenting on the posts, offering ideas to improve the experience or just popping in to see what we’re trying to do would be much appreciated. If you want to check it out, it’s at http://www.facebook.com/HorseSenseAndCents.

The other thing we are considering doing (we haven’t yet) is opening up the discussion feature. What has been your experience with this and would you recommend turning it on? Would you use it? Would you like it?

Meet the support team

For now, Eleanor Van Natta is operating as an administrator on the site. She’s identifying herself as such when she posts. For anyone seeking a flexible, intelligent, motivated and inventive vendor who has a pretty good handle on promotion, particularly as it relates to social media and all things web-related in the horse industry, she’s worth a call. One thing that I’ve really appreciated about working with her is she’s smart enough to adjust her approach and style to accommodate client idiosyncrasies. That’s a refreshing change from remote vendors I’ve dealt with in the past. Anyway, I’m trying to learn how to work this thing (technology is not my strong suit, obviously), but it’s me responding (or posting) when you see the Horse Sense and Cents™ logo without the Admin qualifier.

We’re still working on getting all the links and other pointers set up on the websites, but you’ll note on the right hand column of this blog a link to the group (look for the f carved from wood – thanks to Jean Grover for this).  Jean’s a local vendor I’ve been engaging for more than ten years, mostly for client deliverables (with the marketing firm). I’d strongly recommend her if you’re looking for a talented graphic designer and illustrator who’s a joy to work with. She’s also wonderfully accommodating with clients and super about taking direction when needed, or getting creative and brilliant with solutions when given the liberty to do so. Jean created the template design for this website and blog.

Can you help?

Admittedly, I’ve found Facebook challenging. It’s not my style to update people on my real-time bowling score or what I’m having for breakfast, so my personal page doesn’t get a lot of play. It’s also tough for me to stay involved in groups when I don’t get a ping that there’s activity, so I’m not sure what makes a group attractive to visitors (or how to keep them active). If you could help me create something that is useful and interesting to you, I’d certainly appreciate the guidance and direction. As always, the focus of Horse Sense and Cents™ is to provide people with useful information to help them create better, customized approaches designed to build a better future for the humans and horses in the mix. So, a Facebook Fan Page seemed like a good extension to try to reach those that may not have found this blog yet.

One of the things I’ve learned to do better is seek and find good help. Readers of this blog have been very generous in revealing resources to me, so I wanted to share two great finds with all of you (and I’m pretty picky when it comes to engaging others to represent me). Just don’t make them so busy I take a back seat. And, no, I don’t get kickbacks, finder’s fees or even discounted billable hours for the mention – just good karma, both ways.

Now back to you – I could really use some input and support from those who are more adept at working with the culture of Facebook than I am. Thanks so much for your anticipated input and assistance.