Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

WWI on My Facebook Page

Regular readers probably know I have a hard time with Facebook. I don't get it. All the people close to me, our editorial team, and those I work with on military history all tell me I MUST have a Facebook page for our publications. I've promised them that it's coming soon, but I'm still trying to figure out why I MUST have it, how it will build our readership,  and the best way to set it up and operate it.  

The above being stipulated, I have to say that on my personal Facebook page, due to my "Liking" and "Friending" at a very minimal level of networking, I'm getting a whole bunch of great WWI images.  I thought you would like to see a few from the 30 or so I received in just the last week in June 2015.  I guess this shows I MUST  have a Facebook page for our publications, so I am working on it.

American Troops on Parade, 4 July 1918
Thanks to  WWI Centennial Commission

Lochnagar Mine Crater after the War, Somme Sector
Thanks to Martin Galle

Village Memorial Listing 20 Dead, Mondaye Abbey, France
Thanks to Michael Neiberg

Memorial Day Event, Oise-Aisne U.S. Cemetery
Thanks to American Battle Monuments Commission

British Soldiers with Captured Material, Gully Ravine, Helles Sector, Gallipoli
Thanks to GW 100

Quilt Created for Cpl. Carl Andrews, 40th Division, by His Wife
Thanks to the National WWI Museum


  1. Mike;
    Get with it. If an "Old Contemptible" like me can handle it, so can you. Mr. Jack

  2. When you get it figured out, let me know.

  3. A Facebook page won't have advantages over this blog as such, but it will attract more readers.

    1. How, Adrian? That's exactly what I'm having a problem with.

    2. Because your friends can see what you "like" as it shows up in their feeds. That way you potentially get the friends of people who follow you, and one can build your base from there.

    3. Mike, what I was getting at was that these days many people will search for subjects, or be re-directed through them, on Facebook rather than by Googling. Whatever the relative numbers are, the numbers from Facebook would still be substantial, after a few months.

      But don't drop the blog. I use both Facebook and Internet forums, and Facebook discussions are much less in-depth and erudite than forums.

  4. For instance, I could repost this on my Facebook page, and friends of mine who've never even heard of the Great War might be intrigued by some photo or item.

  5. If you're trying to build followers, it might be a good thing.
    If you don't want to read all the crap that comes through, get off of Facebook.