I just had an inspiration, the roots of which came from an unlikely post by another rescuer on Facebook. This rescuer is very passionate about what she does, and is experienced and effective–I’ll bet she gets many, many dogs placed in good homes in her neck of the woods, and far beyond. She’s a devoted crossposter–she doesn’t merely click on her ‘share’ button to send the dogs’ photos and information to her friends; she writes additional helpful information and gives a little ‘nudge’, a call to action, to her reader.
Tonight this woman wrote on her page that she had just finished going through a huge mess of friend requests, which are invitations from someone on Facebook to become a ‘friend’, meaning you’ll have access to each other’s information, or the part of it you wish to share, anyway. She was letting people know that, if your page did not indicate that you were a serious animal rescuer, she would not accept your invitation. She said she was on Facebook for one reason and one reason only–to rescue pets.
I thought about that for a few minutes. Sometimes I’ve wondered whether I’m driving my non-dog-loving friends crazy with my posts. Indeed, I’ve had one friend ‘unfriend’ me, but she gave me warning–a very kind warning, too–that she was going to take that action, and I didn’t mind at all. But as I say, I worry sometimes, and at one time I thought about making a special identity just for my rescue activities.
But I realized that I’d be missing a chance to show others how easy it is to get involved in crossposting. At the beginning, I had no idea what I was doing. I just tried to read and absorb, and learn as much as I could, as fast as I could. If I can do it, anyone can–I’m not good at computer things. And lately I’ve been absolutely delighted to find out that, just as I’d have predicted, my friends are much quicker than I am!
Because, as I told you, Beloved F has started crossposting, at least a little. And I imagine it’ll grow on her, as it did on me. She’s not the only one of my friends who has started, but she’s the most surprising one, because, as you know if you read this blog regularly, her family doesn’t yet have a dog.
After I’d thought about Beloved F for a few minutes, and how she wouldn’t have started if she hadn’t been flooded by the dog posts on my page (which wasn’t intentional; she was just ‘in the crossfire’, so to speak), I wrote on the experienced crossposter’s page. I thought she was making a mistake to exclude her non-rescue friends from her page, but didn’t want to appear to criticize her. So I wrote this: