Pretty Simple: web, digital, social



Monday 21 January saw the return of Edinburgh’s Social Media Surgeries. A few of us had been talking about bringing them back for some time, and I’m delighted to say that it was a huge success.

Despite the snow, we welcomed no less than 40 people through the doors of McDonald Road Library – with around 13 volunteering their time and expertise as “surgeons” and the rest coming along as “patients”, looking for a bit of help. The patients came from a wide range of backgrounds – from community councils and charity groups to local freelancers and even a 10 year old pupil looking for some advice about blogging!

One of our surgeons getting logged on.

One of our surgeons getting logged on

I spent most of the evening signing people in, making sure people were paired with the most appropriate surgeon, and pestering the library staff who were fantastic in supplying us with hot water, spoons, cups and several extra chairs.

@lockhartl and me form the welcoming committee

@lockhartl and I form the welcoming committee

When I did get a chance to chat to some patients, I was able to touch on topics including:

  • the benefits of a self-hosted WordPress site vs a WordPress.com site, plus some tips about what to look for from a host company
  • the difference between a full Facebook account and a business account, and the limitations of the latter (as well as the problems caused by Facebook’s “one account per person” policy)
  • the virtues of free online photo editors such as pixlr.com and Photoshop Express
  • the use of Etsy and similar sites to easily set up a virtual shop window

We had some great feedback from those who attended, with many wanting to know when we’d be back!

@auntyemily giving some sage advice

@auntyemily giving some sage advice

Next surgery

We’ve now got the next date in the diary – Monday 18 February, back at McDonald Library. If you’d like to join us – either as a patient or surgeon – please sign up here so that we know you’re coming. Hopefully this time we’ll have enough chairs!

All photos on this page are courtesy of Lilly Hunter (@lillylyle) – thanks Lilly!

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