I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful winter holiday season and a very Happy New Year celebration <3
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I have decided to not to continue the TGIF Business Networking Hangouts in 2016
I have a few reasons for this change:
The first one is all on me - as you may have noticed, I have not been very active on Google+ of late. In truth, I have not been very active in my own business socials much over the last couple of months. I've just got burnt out on it to be honest. Lots and lots and lots of networking and not enough returns, and that is also on me - I have lost a lot of the passion I had when I started out on this solopreneur venture.
When I had that passion, all that networking came easy and the returns followed. As I lost the passion, I became burnt out on all the networking, and slacked off, and naturally so did the returns.
The second reason is that with all the changes that have been made to Google+, I just don't believe I receive the same benefit to doing the TGIF Hangouts as before. Google+ has removed all of our profile info - there is no more "About" page. Instead, just a page that first shows our collections, then our posts.
I get the thinking behind this, that our collections will be the indicators of our interests and activities. But frankly, one of the things I liked best about Google+ was the profile page that gave us a real platform as business people to tell folks a bit about what we do. Also gone are the hover cards, and those were the other thing I liked most about Google+.
Google+ has been a great spot where I could present myself, even before I had a web site, and it didn't matter that I didn't have a web site, because all that info about me and my services was available on the about page.
Hosting the TGIF Business Networking Hangouts worked hand in hand with that, hopefully getting people interested enough to go look at my about page and learn more about the business services I have to offer.
Now Google+ kinda feels to me like just another social network. Still pretty superior, with lots of awesome and useful tools, but the particular features that made it my most preferred social network are gone.
I'm not dropping off the face of the earth though - chat with me on Blab!
Moving forward, I will be spending more time on Twitter and Blab. If you are still interested in participating in live streamed video chats, you can follow me on Blab at https://blab.im/1Meilani and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/1Meilani.
It is very easy to join in on a Blab, so please do come check it out. I haven't settled on a regular day and time for the Blabs yet, though I am leaning towards 3rd Fridays monthly at noon.
In the meantime, I'm still hosting private workshops by Hangout for members of Meilani's Blooming Business Club, in a private community for club members here on Google+. You can find out more about and join the club on my web site at http://meilanimacdonald.com/membership-account/membership-levels/
TGIF Business Networking Hangout says
So long, and thanks for all the fish!
It's been a wonderful experience and I've been very lucky and blessed to have hosted TGIF for the past few years. Many thanks to all you awesome Plussers who were featured guests and participants in the peanut gallery!
Hope to see you over on Twitter and Blab :)