Using Google+ Collections To Show You're More Than A Travel Writer.
For those paying attention to Google+, you probably noticed the new "Collections" feature. I've been traveling, so I've only just had the chance to look things over. And what I see, I like.
Plenty has been said about the new feature, so I'll keep this high level and focused just on travel writers. For you, this new release does one thing: it lets you be a multidimensional.
In my time here, I've posted a lot about a lot of different things. Science, beer, podcasting, digital disruption, entrepreneurship... and of course my own travel writing. Previously, it was up to those who follow me to figure out what circle I belonged to. That was great, but I don't always talk about just one of those things. In fact, I tended to bounce around.
Now, with Collections, I'm in control. It's sort of like a categorization schema I can choose (or not) to place my content under. So if I write about a great craft beer I'm drinking, I can put that in my Craft Beer collection. And it's a bunch of pictures and the outline for a story, the post goes under my Travel Storytelling collection.
My followers now have the option to only following those collections, rather than all of me. So if you're not all about science and craft beer, no worries. Un-follow those Collections. Or if you turn me on to someone, they can choose to only follow my Travel Storytelling collection, and not have to worry about getting flooded with other content.
It's a great feature, and I'm using it right now to segregate my content. You probably should, too. Unless all you do is post about one thing. Me? I like a little variety in life. Cheers!