My Roomba Is An Asshole 

No, really. I promise.

You’ve seen the poo smearing Roomba, and mine isn’t that bad but he really likes to eat various objects around our place.

My headphones end up on the floor, pulled out of my computer with the wired sucked up in the little robot’s rollers. The Mr.’s bike gets knocked over every day. The bike, once tipped over, makes a triangle with the floor and wall but doesn’t fall completely to the floor and crush the little robot.

Socks are also really yummy for the guy too. I can’t leave a single one on the floor without filling up his tiny little bin.

He head butts every object and heaven forbid you sit with your feet on the floor. They will end up sore and battered after the cleaning run. If your chair moved at any point in his cleaning, you’ll spend a good chunk of the run with him, not so gently, bumping your chair.

All that said, I love the little fucker. Husband got him to keep our place clean before I got out of the hospital, since I was REALLY sensitive to dust and smells after being in the SUPER clean hospital environment.

The sucker at work

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Prinfab: A new contender for print on demand fabric

I’ve been using spoonflower since their very early days and I have never had a problem with their service. They run regular contests and a very informative blog. But while searching for content for the Fabric_Lover twitter feed, I found PrinFab.

PrinFab is located in the UK – but they seem to have users from all over the world. I was able to switch their pricing display to US dollars. At which point, their prices seemed much more reasonable 🙂

I signed up for an account just to poke around. Their Dashboard seems pretty simple:

I may give them a try. They report to have a quick turnaround on printing but shipping time may wipe that out. They also have a smaller user base, so I thought having an account here as well might make a user’s work stand out a little more than it does in the very crowded market place that is Spoonflower.

Check out a few of the designers:

Have you tried them? Let me know what you think in the comments!


Social Automation: One of the Big Boys

Previously, I shared some of the free platforms for social media automation. Since I have worked [and do work] with really large corporations, I thought I’d share one of the tools I’ve used for social media publishing previously.

Sprinklr is a really great platform – it does social listening, publishing and reporting. The platform is very customizable to fit your own needs. One really amazing tool is the ability to create custom approval workflows for content you plan to publish. As an example – If you have an agency creating your social content for you, you can have them enter the content in Sprinklr and force a set of approvers to review. You can have as many approvers as needed and the approval flow can be set up to be X person and Y person OR X person or Y person.

I’m also a HUGE data nerd, when working on the web, so all the information that is available about your followers and the stats on your posts are a big deal for me. Can you get all the data out of your social media platform of choice, like Facebook or Twitter? Yes – but having it all in one place is the best way to handle it in my opinion.


Social Automation

I am a BIG believer in automating social media as much as is possible. If you post on one feed, you should post where ever else is relevant. Take this blog for instance… When each post is published, it shows up on my twitter feed and my Tumblr (well, it was actually posting to the wrong tumblr for awhile).

My favorite tools are the ones that are already connecting to each social media platform directly – like instagram which lets you post to several services all at once.  If you have a feed that is separated from your other accounts (I have several like Shelley_Bot, Fabric_Lover, and Vault_Dealer) that you need content posted for but don’t want to manage your feeds daily, I highly recommend automating.

I use a couple of tools to help with this – HootSuite and CrowdFire.

HootSuite is a publishing platform that allows you to schedule content. It’s simple to use and free. Yep, free. You are restricted to 3 streams to publish from in one free account but the monthly fees aren’t much. You can also get reports on the engagement with your content but only 1 is available for the free accounts.

Crowdfire is a listen and respond platform that tracks your followers. Every time you log in with your social feeds, the platform can tell you how many people followed and un-followed you. It’s kind of nice to see the results. I also use the auto-responding feature to Direct Message new twitter followers with a short note about where else to find my writing.