18 February 2018

Lord Hill 20-mile

Can I just say that it is awesome to run healthy? The more I talk to fellow runners, the more it seems that most of them are usually operating anywhere between 50-90%, RARELY are they at 100%. Today I was feeling like I was 90% percent and rising! Here's to some awesome summer goals.

The race I ran today was the Evergreen Trail Runs Lord Hill 20-mile. True to its name, this run incorporates a big hill (Lord Hill) that you need to climb once per 10-mile lap. And it's a legit climb, as in hiking. I ran this race for the first (and only other) time back in 2012. It was fun to be back. And good to see I was able to go seven minutes faster this time. :)

This race is known for mud. Lots and lots of mud. Lord Hill is usually a slip & slide going up and sometimes worse going down. It's the kind of race where you attempt to tiptoe around the puddles for a bit until you realize it's fruitless and eventually you just end up running straight through the water. This shot speaks volumes.



13 February 2018

how to sync Instagram, Twitter and Facebook posts

There are about a million different ways to sync posts between various different social media platforms and no doubt there are several that are better than this one but I didn't really want to start using a new tool like Buffer, etc. and I was already using IFTTT so here is what I did and why.

Some history.

In the past, I used IFTTT the send my Instagram posts to Twitter and linked my Twitter account to my Facebook Profile. But I started noticing recently that the picture I would post to Instagram was not showing up on Facebook. Instead, you would get just the text of the post and an annoying link like this. :(


Pictures are much more engaging than text so this was not going to fly. Here is what I do now. And so far it's working great!

  • I turned off the Twitter/Facebook connection in my Twitter settings.
  • I turned off the IFTTT applet that posted my Instagram photos to Twitter.
  • Now when I post to Instagram, I just toggle on sharing to Twitter and Facebook in the Instagram app.


What about when Instagram is not involved and I just want to share a Tweet on Facebook? For this I went back to IFTTT and use an applet that posts to Facebook when I use a specific hashtag (which I can specify), it even strips the hashtag from the Facebook post.

This works for me but any/all comments are welcome if you have a "better" way to sync these three social media platforms. And if you know how to add Google + let me know!

UPDATE 16-04-2019

Turns out Buffer really is the way to go. When I share an Instagram post to Facebook and Twitter, the image or movie is not displayed in Twitter and instead, you just get a link. But in this age of record short attention spans, if people can't see the image they won't click the link. If I share a picture or movie using Buffer and share it to Twitter/Instagram/Facebook, all three services display the picture. Yes!

As of this update, Buffer will unfortunately not share to G Suite Google + pages meaning if you have a Google + page that is using a custom domain like mydomain.com, Buffer can't share to it. You can only share to Google + if you use Gmail (myname@gmail.com). Hopefully, that gets resolved soon.