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Time to give up my facebook page?

In that way that Facebook doles out stuff, my eye was caught by this link. I followed it and read it and agreed.

How Facebook Is Killing Comedy

I’m so fed up with Facebook telling me – of every post or Instagram upload – that my post is doing 90% better than my average post and others who boost similar posts are doing even better. Why would I pay $10 to boost a photo of a robin eating at my bird table. Do they think I’m that desperate? Are others really that desperate?

This article has made me realise just how bad Facebook is. It earns squillions from the sweat of creative people and gives nothing back, hiding behind its algorithms and maintaining the lie that it is a platform and not a publisher.

If Facebook is a platform, then allow me access to my audience. If I make original content that drives eyeballs to your advertising then let me have a share of the proceeds.

I have hardly created any content for Facebook, because I never really felt a good reason to, other than I felt I the siren cry of, ‘You Gotta be on Facebook or die.’  Well, I think it’s time creatives woke up and smelled the coffee.  Creatives should drop Facebook like the nasty piece of fake news dirt that it has become.

Remember how to search and find exciting new stuff? Remember what it was like to tell your friends about it at the water Cooler? Don’t just sit and scroll through your feed and accept whatever crap someone else’s algorithm decides you should read today.

go out and look for something, don’t let Facebook feed you low calorie, claikbait trash. It won’t be good for you in the long run!

Does Nick Park read my mind?

This is my Dug

Does Nick Park read my mind? There are times I have thought so. It must be that we are of a similar age and think in similar ways.

Back in 1990 Wallace and Gromit first appeared on TV. I was amazed, because my book, Santa’s Secret Diary, which had just come out, had a sold-out toy of the season, that Santa was having difficulty sourcing. What was the toy called? A Gromit!

My Dad used the word all the time when he was rewiring the house. Gromits were little rubber rings that were used to soften the sharp edges of metal electrical boxes.

I love watching Wallace and Gromit, but I often have moments when  I think, “Wait a minute! I thought of that!”

But thinking isn’t doing. Ideas, contrary to what most people think, are two a penny. It’s what you do with them that counts. So I’m comfortable in the knowledge that Nick Park – who I’ve never met – and I, are must be connected to the same zeitgeist or idea-energy-centre that floats around us.

This is Nick Park’s Dug

But this time I beat him to it. My Dug, was first! My Dug is a Bronze Age boy doing the Bronze Age stuff that Bronze Age boys do. I called him Dug because he digs for tin, one of the constituents of bronze. Nick Park’s Dug is more of a teenager, I think.

Perfect for Primary and elementary school projects on the Bronze Age, you can get my Dug books from the links below.

How to draw a Tree House Real Easy

https://youtu.be/rVqFFtSWxKk

Here’s a video showing how to draw a Tree House – did you have one? Would you like one? What tree would it be in? How High would you go?!