how i found my place at G+ ...
and how i get exactly what i want out of the platform ...

» ϟ#@!!%, it doesn't work ...
i bet there are many of you out there right now who think that #googleplus is a #ghosttown ... most of the time that is, because you don't seem to get anything (or very little) out of the platform ... you write posts, re-share those of others, find funny pictures on the internet, engage and do all the other things you read in various #guides and how-to-be-successful-on-google+ #tutorials you can find all over the internet and G+ itself ... still, you might as well write a diary that you only read yourself, for all the response you get from the community for your efforts ... you don't understand it and envy those who seem to effortlessly collect tens of thousand of followers and get 100 comments and 200 +1s per post ... you might be at a point where you feel like quitting G+ for good and heading back to the other large social network ... don't give up just as yet! ...

» you are not alone ...
i was at the same point you are now ... my +CircleCount stats used to look like this ...

0 comments per posting
0 reshares per posting
1 +1's per posting
(those numbers are from before february)

now they look like this ...

11 comments per posting
1 reshares per posting
6 +1's per posting
(those numbers are from the 18/04/2012)

i've learned how to get exactly what i want out of G+ and i'm sure that you can do that too ... but please don't expect a tutorial that will guide you through all the steps ... i don't have one ... the articles and posts i have collected under the unique hashtag #jgguides might be of some help, but in the end there is only one way that'll work for you ... your way! ...

i've been wanting to write this post for a long time and never had the balls to do so ... why now? ...

» everybody is an expert for what is best for him ...
i just read a post by +Visnja Zeljeznjak explaining that many people feel they don't have the expertise to write about something and therefore choose not to (http://bit.ly/HRHBQ0) ... even people who are generally considered experts in their field sometimes feel like that, as this article by +Scott Hanselman (former professor, now speaker, consultant and microsoft employee) shows (http://bit.ly/HRHxzP) ... i'm one of those too ... not one of the experts ... one of those who feel inadequate ...

i'm no #expert for G+, but i am an expert in how to make G+ work for me ... nobody knows that better than i do, because i'm the only one who knows exactly what i want to get out of the network ... i won't tell you, what you have to do to make G+ work for you, but maybe you will benefit from me telling my story and that is why i decided to write this post now ...

» this is my story ...
the post will be divided into sections as follows:
how it all started | i needed a break | what i was doing then | what i'm doing now ...

how it all started ...
obviously, when i first came to G+ i didn't know at all what to expect ... it was invite-only then and i got my invitation from an old friend of mine by the name of +Lars Mueller with whom i stay in contact via facebook ... he couldn't tell me anything about the then brand-new platform either, because he is a busy man and hadn't had the time yet to get into it ... i was then becoming increasingly annoyed with facebook and decided to give G+ a try ...

i read everything i could find about how to start and wasn't afraid to ask for help either ... i quickly got the hang of #hangouts (no pun intended) and found incredibly helpful people there ... i gained more followers in the first 2-3 months on G+, than i collected on facebook in two years! ... i was quite happy for some time, but then i fell into the ghost town hole ...

i needed a break ...
for all i posted on G+, the response was rather poor ... nobody seemed to be interested in what i was writing ... it seemed to me, like i was the only one who was reading my posts ... i fell into a G+ crisis ... my fall was made all the more terrible by the fact that i had been so enthusiastic about the platform before ... i had to do something or i'd quit G+ for good ...

i took a leave of absence ... i wanted to find out first, if i'd miss it and i really needed to reorder my thoughts, rethink my approach ... i was obviously doing something wrong ... the posts of others were read and interacted with here, so there was no reason, why mine shouldn't be ... i'm not one of those who start whining huuaah ... G+ is a ghost town because i don't get interaction ... if others are successful it means that i am doing something wrong! ... even if of the more than 100.000.000 G+ members there'd be only one person who got response to his posts, that would be enough for me ... that would mean, that the other 99.999.999 (incl. me) were doing it wrong ...

what i was doing then ...
so, first i analysed, what i was currently doing ...

▶ posting: i realised, that i was all over the place with my posts ... you see, i tried to please as many people as possible with my ramblings ... i wanted (no, i needed) to be accepted by the #community ... i spend hours on the internet, searching for articles, that i thought might interest the people here ... i posted 4-5 (or even more) times a day, every posts about another subject and usually all together ... i took the advise of some successful peeps here and always added my own take on the story, but that didn't seem to make any difference either ... so, i read through my own stream and tried to figure out, what it would look like to somebody else and if that person would find it worth reading ...

and it wasn't! ... i put myself in somebody else's shoes and realised, that because of me writing about so many subjects, there was too much noise ... sure, if somebody was interested in G+ related subjects, he'd get at least one post a day on that from me, but he'd also get at least 3-4 posts that wouldn't interest him ... also most subjects i wrote about were not what i was interested in or knowledgeable about ... they were what i thought the community would be interested in ... i added my own opinions to the article, but they were not usually based on any expertise ...

i realised that i added a lot of needless noise to the streams of my followers, further "improved" by my senseless babbling ... i'm surprised some stuck with me as long as the did! ...

▶ interaction: all this posting had a negative side effect too ... i didn't have time anymore to read through my own stream, which meant i rarely interacted with the posts of others and my own enjoyment of G+ was greatly diminished ...

▶ circling: i had a V.I.P. circle (the one i read daily) of more than 250 peeps ... who is supposed to follow that many? ... dunbar's number suggests that it's viable to maintain between 100 and 230 stable social relationships, with a commonly used value of 150 [sourse: wikipedia http://bit.ly/J41BIZ] ... i also had other subject based circles i would've liked to follow,but there was no time for that ... i could hardly keep up with my important one ...

what i'm doing now ...
i did a 180° turn ...

▶ circling: first i did some spring cleaning in my circles ... i sacked quite a few people completely (and lost some good ones accidentally), but the most important step was, to reduce my V.I.P. circle ... i now maintain it constantly under 100 ... with the sliders of some other circles set to minimum i still get the posts of about 150 peeps in my daily stream ...

second i decided to care less about my "success" and more about what i wanted to get out of the network ... i decided to make G+ more enjoyable for me rather than try and make it enjoyable for my followers ... as bill cosby said ...

i don't know the recipe for success, but the recipe for failure is trying to please everybody ...

▶ posting: so, i reduced the number of my daily posts by at least half ... i decided to write about what i am interested in and only that ... i still write some posts about G+ (because i still love it), but generally i leave that to much more knowledgeable peeps like +Denis Labelle +Rahul Roy +Shamil Weerakoon and others ... i now write mainly about #formula1 , a subject that is a passion of mine, but which i completely neglected before ... i like cooking, sci-fi and fantasy movies and book, gadgets and future technology so i add the occasional posts about those subjects too, but all in small measures ... my followers now find far less noise in my stream ... they now know, what to expect from me ... also, because i'm now writing what interests me most and what i'm reasonably knowledgeable about, i increasingly enjoy joining in discussions about my posts and i can make informed comments ...

▶ interaction: because of my reduced posting i suddenly found myself with some spare time on my hands ... i'm using that now to read through my own stream ... due to the fact, that the size of that is reduced significantly too, i can spend more attention on each post and i have time to write some comments and even get into lengthier discussions if i feel so inclined ... the effect was, that i began to enjoy G+ much more again and with that interaction i suddenly seemed to catch the attention of my peers and people started to interact more with me too ... i noticed a surge in my follower count too ... i found myself in some well curated shared circles and collected followers who are really interested in what i have to say and interact with me ...

» summary ...
i found my place at G+ ... sometimes less is more ... less posting, less following, that was the recipe for me ... quality over quantity ... i'm now having interesting discussions about what i post with my fellow plussers ... one of my posts reached more than 100 comments the other day and all of them meaningful and inspiring ... even if you just go by stats and numbers people interact far more with me now ... regarding my followers i now attract more people who are interested in what i have to say ... less in total maybe, granted, but more relevant ones ...

as you can see, just like bill cosby i don't have the recipe for success either, but what i do now works for me ... you will have to find your own way, but maybe this post helped you a bit ... thank you for reading it! ... please fell free to let me know your take on it and of course share it on! ... my ramblings might be of benefit for some of your followers, who would otherwise miss it ...

greez,
+Jens Graikowski ...

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This is a good way to think about it all! Thanks :)
 
Good that you've found your way. Thank you for expressing your thoughts on this not so simple topic.
 
I think everyone explores and finds out what works for them - for a long time I spoke to myself... it was fine...then I was in a circle which passed around and all of a sudden PEOPLE! I think I went into shock for a bit afterwards, not sure how to handle the sudden attention.

I am still finding my way, but I really liked your thoughts on how you have been going :)
 
Interesting +Jens Graikowski, thanks, always good to hear a fresh perspective. Rushes off to cull circles, vigorously!
 
Thanks +Jens Graikowski, this has made me rethink how I use G+ and I might take some of these things on board when I reshape my presence here...
 
Everyone of us knows well what he need from this platform , but we forgot to enjoy the social network, which is the most important point .

Thank you for the great article
 
Shared to me for later reading. No time now, but seems like a good read.
 
Tnx for the thoughts. I'll add this article to my "Welcome Package" i send to newbies in here...
 
i'm sure you'll find your own +Dryade Geo ... i could've written one of those become-a-G+-star kind of manuals again, but i believe, that there is no one recipe for G+ ... there are more than 100.000.000 different ones, every one of them valid only for one single person ... this story is mine and some might be able to take some ingredients out of it, but in the end they have to create their own dish ... as +Jens Ostmann sad, it's not a simple topic, but with a bit of thought and common sense it should be achievable for everybody ... the point is that it is not important if you are successful here ... the only thing that counts is, that you get out of G+ what you want and, as +SAUD ABDUL AZIZ said, that you enjoy yourself ...

i hope i'm not going to become a victim of your spring cleaning +Paul Stickland ... :D ...

you are all welcome +Jens Ostmann +James Field +Shamil Weerakoon +Juhana Tahvanainen ...

and thanks to all of you for reading through my ramblings ... i know it's a long piece ... i just felt like sharing it with you guys, because i thought it might give you a bit of a different insight ... it sometimes help, when one gets the opinion of an outsider ...
 
spam somebody else with your cr** +Danish Ali ... consider yourself blocked and reported for spam ...

edit: just to explain this comment ... the person mentioned above obviously thought this would be a good post to honour with his make-money-on-the-internet-without-working-for-it rubbish ... obviously, because i blocked him, you can't see the post anymore ...
 
i'm lucky +Alex Waits ... i get bothered very rarely ... my posts are usually not important enough to attract comment spammers ... ;-) ... when i find the occasional one i always block and report them ... google has given us fantastic tools to get rid of those imbeciles ... we should make use of them ...
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Seems a good topic for me because i m also going through the same situation on G+
 
I am going through the same, I've got 5000 and odd followers, and I can't keep everyone happy, so am reducing my posting, and the things I do post are normally things personal to me, or shared to a specific circle.
Though I am not sure I want to be so open with soon to be 6000 people either, I'm sure I will find my balance soon.
A good tag for the post would be #thisishowiplus ;-)
 
Great read +Jens Graikowski, and I love how you interact with people that do comment on your posts. For me, that is what a social network is about, not how many followers someone has or how witty their posts are but how much they really interact. F1 is not for me but I wish you the best experience here on +Google+ and I'm sure you will have fun. I'm still looking for the topic I really care enough about to talk on here. But your article cartainly gave me something to help concentrating on it.

Thanks to +Shamil Weerakoon to point this article out!
 
+Jens Graikowski Nice, I could not agree with you more. I also experienced something new myself. Using #hashtags and searching #streams will draw people of common interests, problems or views to you. The other day when my gmail was displaying an error, I copied the code, searched the gmail stream and posted the code seeing if possibly anyone else was having the same issue. Within seconds my post blew up. I had to turn the volume off on my phone because #google+ was updating every post. Sounded like a pinball machine. I had never had a response like that and was not sure what to do...lol. Oh also using @ to respond to people is very helpful.
 
i'm glad you liked the piece +Michael Schneider ... i have to say that i'm a bit surprised by the success it has ... it confirms the point though, doesn't it? ... ;-) ... actually it confirms two points i made in the post ... that you'll get interaction if you write what you are passionate about and that you don't have to be an expert on something as long as you are just telling your own story ...

regarding your topic i can again only tell you how i'm doing it ... you see, the topic i'd really like to post about all the time is finswimming ... that's my hobby-horse ... unfortunately there is no audience for it on G+ and i would bore everybody to death ... yes, i want to post what i'm passionate about, but i also want to be read ... so i chose formula 1 ... also a passion of mine, but a more popular one ... i settled for second best ... a choice i made that works for me, but might not agree with anybody else ...
 
google plus is a great platform for any and everyone :)
 
I read it. All of it. Didn't think I'd make it at certain points, but I did. You've certainly found your way, well done. :)
 
honestly +Rahul Roy ... this post made it into what's hot? ... i never look at the what's hot stream, so i wouldn't know ... doesn't this just perfectly confirm everything i said in my post? ...
 
I'm new to circles and this article DID help me a alot. It was confirming for me that getting rid of people from my circles that say one sentence comments is the right thing for me. I'm a thinker and I'm attracted to other thinkers. So, thank you for writing this. It gave me a better direction to go in.
 
Glad you are having fun with G+ again.
 
+Rahul Roy ... actually the fact that the post made it into what's hot explains why i suddenly get attacked by all them comment spammers ... well, no chance here ... they'll get deleted before they get one single click ... hmmm ... not exactly ... they get one click from me, because i always check first that it's really spam ... :-/ ...
 
I wouldn't say that exactly, lol, but I'm learning and you've given me some tools to work with here. It must have taken some research to get this info straight. It's well written.
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I didn't know there was spam in here too. Sigh, what next? At least you've got that much figured out as well.
 
I hope you're figuring it out. My friend says Facebook is easier and she gave up on my invite on the first day after trying Google+
 
we hope you beat facebook i appreciate all people who has helped in making google + success
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That's an awesome story. See it wasn't that hard to enjoy g+
 
+Kelline Pickett ... facebook is easier for your friend, because she's used to it ... i haven't been on facebook for ages and when i checked on things the other day that time line had been introduced ... i didn't find my way around anymore and i used to be pretty fit at facebook ... there is a learning curve everywhere and one thing is true ... to get something out of G+ you have to invest more time and effort than at the other large social network ...

the reason for that is, that at facebook you converse mainly with your RL friends ... they know you, they like you ... they'll comment on your posts whatever you are saying ... here at G+ people are connected through their interests ... if you write something your audience is not interested in, you won't get a response ... that will deter many from sticking around ...

if you put in the effort, the reward is much higher here too though ... at facebook you'll get mainly mono-syllable comments to your posts ... as you can see here the discussions are far more sophisticated at G+ ...
 
Loved your article, very good point +Jens Graikowski !! I can so relate... when you post about something that passionate you, impossible to go wrong...and interacting with others too is key... I found so many interesting people on here, I wish I had more time to view all their posts!! :)
 
I also decided I won't delete my #facebook account since that is where people that know me are. I am just going to not use it and leave my last message telling everyone where they can find me on #google+ . I think that might spark some interest for people that don't use google+. Although I do fear some of the people (my mom) I know on FB because some post blindly just anything, never to interact, but to post and then tag me in it. I get notified that I have been tagged so I am forced to see and it might be a picture of someone I have no clue who they are. What is that anyways...lol.
 
Thanks for sharing a great post, very refreshing and highly appreciated by me. Thanks..
 
Jens, thanks for explaining this. Will you keep explaining? Like explain why the red numbers keep showing up next to my share box. I keep taking it as an inbox message. Evidently not. It's people I don't know commenting somewhere I think I've commented. And explain what +1 means. Thank you thank you thank you
 
i'm still on facebook +S Powers, because i have some fan pages there that need maintaining ... i also like to send birthday wishes on there, but most birthdays i now miss, because i'm checking on my account only occasionally ... my virtual social life takes place almost exclusively on G+ ...

facebook still has the numbers, so it pays to keep my fan pages there and to be frank, +pages here at G+ still need loads of work done to them ... one thing for example that makes them virtually unusable as a fan page is that only admins can post on them ... fans like to exchange information and opinions ... if that is not possible a fan page is a mouthpiece for the artist/athlete/company/etc. but no fan page ...
 
the red number is a notification indicator +Kelline Pickett ... it sends you an alert every time somebody interacts with you ... that can be a comment, +1 or share on one of your posts, a +mention of your name somewhere or posts directly shared with you ... as you already suspected, it also sends you a notification if there are additional comments to a post you commented on ... this helps you to keep track of your discussions ...

if you don't want to be notified anymore about comments on a particular post, you can scroll all the way down in the notification window and click on mute this post ...

a +1 is basically the same as the like button at facebook ... with it you'll let the author of the post or website know, that you like his post ...
 
btw +Kelline Pickett ... when i was new to G+ i started collecting all posts and articles that contained guides, tutorials, tips and tricks under the unique hashtag #jgguides ... you might find interesting and helpful stuff there ... don't hesitate to ask me though if you need additional info ... best to do it in a PM though ... ;-) ...
 
Yes! Everyone should read this....thank for sharing
 
Jens Graikowski, thank you for any new info. I feel like a chicken with my head cut off running around in here (Google+). I don't do social networks. May be it's just a matter of getting familiar. Thanks for opening yourself to questions. I could keep you going all day.
 
+Jens Graikowski I also decided to not try pleasing followers, but instead just enjoy Google+. I'm very active on Google+ posting, interacting with other plusser, and resharing interesting articles, but I rarely share publicly. I have different circles for the different topics I post about and only share with those who may actually be interested in the subject matter of my posts.

Thanks for sharing your own experiences +Jens Graikowski more power to you and keep on "plussing".
 
You won´t believe it +Jens Graikowski but so far I posted completely eclectic and ignored every advise I ever got ´To Write Really Good Posts With Images´. Yet I found 20K strangers willing to follow me on whatever was on my mind and interacting with me ;)
But true, you need to post about the things that interest you. No use to post anything else. I just happen to have a very broad interest.
 
Call your doctor! I think there might be a cure for the verbal diarrhea you chronically suffer from.
 
Thanks +Jens Graikowski. I totally agree. I find myself commenting, re-sharing, plussing, and posting more and more as time goes on. G+ has helped me explore new interests and dig deeper into old ones. The willingness to help newcomers find their way is a welcome change to other venues that are less inviting. And maybe it's just me but G+ seems to be much less about "ME, ME, ME," and more about ALL OF US. And I find that very refreshing.
 
Thanks for sharing, you point out a good way to succeed in Google plus. But Google should add tags feature into Google pages, then i can follow only some topics which i am interested in. And the page owner can also publish any posts with different tags to their followers without making too much "noises". On the other hand, i follow my friends because i want to know everything about them. If everyone on Google plus only posts about single topic, Google plus would become another wikipedia. Change Google plus, don't change yourself.
 
i'm sure there are plenty of improved and new features in the pipe line for us from the guys at +Google+ ... i certainly hope there are, since so many things still need improving, like the unsatisfying PM system and the less-than-perfect +pages ... i think we have a great tool already though and it is to a significant part up to us what we make of it ...
 
Kudos for the bravery to post your mistakes so others can learn.
 
Hi +Jens Graikowski , I'm extatic to see the interaction here, because your post is honest, educational, and shareable. So that's what I will be doing with it now :) Shining the light on your own dark moments makes us all shine. Keep up the good work!
 
up to now this post has received 165 +1s, 83 comments and 100 reshares! ... it even made it into the what's hot of G+ (my first one ever) ... this is nothing short of amazing! ...

i would've never in my boldest dreams expected such a success and what makes me especially happy is, that it really proves the points i made ... to all of you out there, who have doubts about if you will get out of G+ what you want, take this as an example ... google gives us the tools, it is up to us, to enjoy ourselves here ...

thank you ever so much to all of you who have commented, +1ed and reshared this "little" post of mine (and to all those, who still will) ... you really made my day! ...
 
Jens, this is also a first for me - it's the first time someone I follow has ended up in the What's Hot stream (excluding those on the recommended list).

Congratulations, that's a great achievement, but I'm not 100% surprised. Your post made a lot of sense and comes at a time when many users are feeling a little disheartened by their lack of followship on here.

Well thought out, well written, timely and relevant. This is a recipe for a successful post!
 
thank you very much +James Field ...your praise is music to my ears ... i was told by somebody in the know, that it is rather unusual for such a lengthy post to get into the what's hot stream ... i checked and it's true ... most posts in there are rather short ... the fact that people took the time to read my monster piece and interact with it enough to get it into the top posts on G+ (i'm not exactly sure, what the requirements are) makes me very proud ... i'm in there with illustrious +sers like +Mike Elgan +Bradley Horowitz +Mike Shaw and the +Dalai Lama ! ... i've got to watch it, that i don't get too big headed ... ;-) ...

but seriously ... if this post of mine helped some people to get through a rough spot in their G+ history, that would make me very happy ... i know, how it feels ... been there, seen it, got a t-shirt ... i know G+ is not for everyone, but i'm sure it would be the right place for a great many people if they'd just give it a serious shot ...
 
Even the comments in this post are well worth the read. You rock +Jens Graikowski - keep up the good work and congrats on the What's Hot!
 
Thank you, +Jens Graikowski for this truly great post! I can fully agree to your words and I am going to share this post, because I am sure that many people, once they read that, will find it so much easier to participate in G+ and connect with others!
 
i noticed something interesting ... this is obviously a very long post and some of those who reshared it, added a sort of a very short summary to it ...

+M Sinclair Stevens wrote, In short, write the book you want to read. ...
+Dryade Geo added, Pretty much, be yourself and don't be afraid to ask for help :) ...

i find it highly interesting what everybody gets out of this post ... please join me in a little fun! ... i'd very much appreciate it, if everybody would summarise in one short sentence what the most important message is, he/she gets out of this piece ...

thank you ever so much ... i think this should prove really educational ... ;-) ...
 
You are very welcome, +Jens Graikowski ! Had not that much time to check G+, since I am in the middle of building something up. The next couple of months will be extremely busy for me. But your posts I will always check out! :)
 
Mine is "Reduce the noise; post about the topics you're most interested in."
 
+Jens Graikowski , seriously, you have what it takes. And your thought about your ghost writer goes into the right direction. Do you have an idea how many books are written that way? People are giving their material to a ghost writer and they do the writing. Check it out!
 
+Jens Graikowski , your post merits more than just one sentence! For that to happen I do need the time to think about it and profoundly ponder what you said! Shooting from the hip between biz meetings would not do justice to your words. You and this post deserve more than that.
 
This has been my own personal philosophy since I joined G+ last July ...to make G+ more enjoyable for me.....

Somewhere along the way, my penchant for chatting people up on their posts garnered me a bit of a reputation as someone who you could count on to have a meaningful conversation with, and that recognition has lead to quite a few people who seem to have a modicum of interest in what I have to say, even if it's not in the form-factor of my own original content.

I will admit to letting the numbers go to my head from time-to-time (I'm a bit of a numbers-junkie), but I always enjoy myself more once I remind myself (once again) that that's not why I am here, and just let that go.
 
You wrote a novel -- and I actually read it! I guess you had no time to write a shorter post..? :) Congrats to the What's Hot... Well deserved...
 
​ok, going by parts. The term "ghost town" keeps coming up on a daily basis almost everywhere in G+. It seems to me that people feel they have to defend their decision to participate in G+. I never felt that way and I use the tools I think are best fitting the purpose, independently from what people might or might not think. What other people think is none of my busines.

​*Statistics*

​I find it very interesting how closely people follow their statistics. At one hand it is a good tool, especially for the people of CircleCount and others, on the other hand to me personally it has no significant meaning. I do what I do on G+ for the fun of it I do have getting involved in topics I am particularly interested in. Therefore, for that purpose it was of the utmost importance to me to carefully select people to circle. And that paid big time. It,s not about quantity, the quality is priceless.

​*Starting out*

​almost immediately I got, based on the careful selection of people, great content in my stream I could relate to. Even more, some of these people seem to have "clairvoyant abilities" , because time and again I got delivered a post just matching the topic I was working on in that moment! I also love to watch out for talent and lo and behold I did find some really talented people. What amazes me most is that many of them don't seem to realize their talent they are blessed with...some have even difficulties to accept a compliment. And I enjoy big time communicating with these remarkable people and maybe, just maybe they then might "see" themselves, see who they truly are.

​*Measuring Success*

​First, I think, one must define what success in the context of participating in a social network means. To me that has no importance, since I am not looking for "success", whatever that might be, when on Google plus. I do it out of my inherent curiosity, meeting people from different places and with different backgrounds, which is enriching my life by adding so many different perspectives.

Concluding

​I do understand, +Jens Graikowski , why you in your case needed a break. And I do think that this was the right thing to do. It certainly gave you a new perspective on how you wanted G+ to work for you. And you did a great in-depth analysis to find out how you could make it work for you by taking into consideration all those points important to you.

​And this is in my opinion the most important message you are conveying to all those new to G+: getting clarity about what it is one wants from G+, then doing by what you did with your analysis, and voila, it worked for you. It might be a good idea for a newcomer to just observe for a couple of weeks what's going on and how people react, before fine tuning their presence on G+.
 
i find, as you realised yourself already +Katherine McCormick, that the community at G+ is very much like any community in RL and just like there you can do both here at G+ ... have fun and have meaningful conversations with amazingly brilliant and articulate people ... one doesn't exclude the other ... well, maybe it does in my case ... i'm just a simple trucker and to call me amazingly brilliant and articulate would stretch it a bit far i think ... so with me it's mainly the fun bit, i'm afraid ... ;-) ...

i do enjoy good conversation though and i find that G+ challenges me in a way, that makes me better equipped to participate in them ... i'm still far from being amazingly brilliant and articulate, but i notice, that it's becoming easier for me to keep up with the amazingly brilliant and articulate and even add some interesting and meaningful input to their discussions ... that is probably the most positive effect G+ has had on me ... i find that so exhilarating, that i wrote a post about it ... http://bit.ly/HNzvb4 ...

anyway, i'm glad you found your place at G+ ... just like with me it seems to have taken you a bit, but you got there in the end and that is what counts ... ;-) ...

you've got till the end of the day +Walter H Groth ... then you'll find a horse's head in your bed next to you ... :D ...

just like you, i found that joining in at other peeps posts got me more attention than writing my own posts +Marc Jansen, or i should say, it drew the attention towards my own profile and posts which got me far more popularity than my wild posting before did ... also i enjoy myself much more ... it is great fun to discuss my own posts, but others here are so much more intelligent and eloquent than i and write such wonderful pieces, that i find it is often much more fun to contribute to theirs ...

isn't it amazing how varied and diverse our expectations of G+ are? ... nevertheless, just like in real life, there is a place for everybody here and that will even increase the bigger G+ gets ... one day i'll probably even find most of the worlds finswimmers here and will be able to post more about my biggest passion ... and just like in RL, i won't get on anybody elses nerves, because we have circles ...
 
lol ... i should have known that expecting you to fit everything into one sentence would be an impossible task for you +Walter H Groth ... :D ... ii think twitter (with its 144 character limit) would not be the right place for us two ... ;-) ...

i also could've written that comment for you, before you did ... we are so well attuned to one another by now, that we can easily anticipate each others opinions ... i knew you'd mention that numbers are not important to you ... i knew you'd go for the quality over quantity approach ... i even anticipated you having a go at the word success ... lol ... and as always i agree with all of it ... well, we don't always agree, but our ways to look at life seem to be somewhat similar ...

anyway ... thx for your input ... i have nothing to add to that ... you said it all beautifully ... and now the whole thing in one sentence please! ... ;-) ...
 
+Jens Graikowski Its a great post and deserves to be read, best part for me:

" i am an expert in how to make G+ work for me ... nobody knows that better than i do, because i'm the only one who knows exactly what i want to get out of the network"

Spot on
 
I would be proud to have you in my circles ... lol ... what's stopping you? ... you know where the add to circles button is ... ;-) ... the wickedly awesome circle is where i'd fit best ... :D ...

yep ... circling is another subject that i had to learn first and i'm not sure i've found my proper way of doing it yet ... i think this might be the subject of a future post ...

thank you ever so much for the praise +Mike Shaw ... i'm so glad you like it ... ;-) ...
 
lol ... remember the numbers of my +CircleCount stats i gave you in the post? ... looks like this post has given them a right boost too ...

16 comments per posting
7 reshares per posting
15 +1's per posting

but that's not the really important thing ... what i like most, is the quality of the interaction here ...

i dislike comparing the two biggest social networks on the web (especially since i believe, that they can't be compared ... G+ is so much more than a social network), but i used to spend a lot of time on the other one before i made G+ my virtual home ... resharing is almost unknown (or at was for my posts anyway) and the comments were more of the mono-syllable variety ... what a difference here ...

i have to admit though, that my posts are not the same either, so i guess i can't expect the same kind of response ... the thing is, that there was a time, when i posted exactly the same articles at facebook that i posted here ... there i never got any interaction to my more sophisticated stuff at all ... when i posted what i had for lunch everybody congratulated me on my good choice, but when i posted the real stuff nobody wanted to know ...
 
i'm reading this from argentina and i never heard of you before and i wasn't even using G+! genius!
 
i'm glad my "little" post had this positive effect on you +Bobbie Today ... i realised that many go through this G+ crisis at one point or another ... i thought, that me talking about my own experience might show them, that they are not alone and that it doesn't have to be the end of their days at G+ ... enjoy your time-out and i hope you'll be back ... ;-) ...
 
Please give me for infor mations, because I am life at Aceh
 
Thank you. Right on the money. Focus is so often the key.
 
Im new to G+ and am liking it so far but after reading this article I realise that I have to re-think my approach. After being on facebook for so many years you get accustomed to trivial postings that 9 times out of 10 will cause some sort of headache for me. Thanks for the tips :-)
 
you are very welcome +Andrew Heaton ... i had the same problem as you when i came over from facebook ... everything is so different here ... at FB you get interaction on every single one of your posts, even if they are pics of your dinner, because your friends over there really are your RL friends ... they know you and answer you because of that and not because they think your posts is worth a response ... you won't get that here ... here you need to post stuff that interests you and might interest others to get recognition ... it is great fun though ... i'm growing intellectually with G+ ... actually i wrote a post about it once ... you can find it (together with all my "how i ..." posts) as a free ebook here (http://ghost-town-news.com/Ebook.aspx?book=56876130) ...
 
hi +Robert Ottinger ... i'm glad you found this post interesting ... that's one of the many nice things here at G+ ... we all learn from each other ... if you are interested in my other "how i ..." posts, you'll find them all under #jghowi  ... if you want to continue to follow and learn you might want to subscribe for one (or more) of my targeted circles ... just choose as many as you like from the following circles and i'll gladly notify you of the corresponding posts! ...

google+ -- one of my main subjects ... i like helping newbies here at #googleplus and discuss G+ related news with experts and new plussers alike ... 

formula 1 -- i'm not the F1 expert here on G+, but i've been a buff of the king class of motor sports for a great many years, so i guess i am sufficiently knowledgeable to post about the subject ... i'm co-founder of a great formula one circle her at G+ and post about the sport regularly, mostly before race weekends ... 

finswimming -- this is what i'm really passionate about, though i'm aware, that the audience for this exiting sport is still rather small here on G+ ... i'm hoping to change that in the near future ... i'm father and trainer of british finswimming champion cassandra graikowski-hainsworth and heavily involved in the world wide finswimming scene through my finswimming wiki http://WikiFin.info and other projects ... 

paper models -- this is, what i do to relax ... making paper models is very therapeutic and calming ... i search for free models all over the internet and post the ones i like best on my german paper model blog http://Kostenlose-Papiermodelle.de ... i will introduce the very best from time to time here in english ...

cream of the crop  -- if you want to get notified of all my special posts ... these are the posts, that are my personal favorites ... they are usually a bit longer to read, but i've been told, they are worth it ... 

summaries -- every wednesday morning and friday night i'll do a post with links to some selected posts of mine of the past week ...

greez,
+Jens Graikowski ....
 
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