Category Archives: How To

Facebook Groups for Bellringers – updated July 2016

There are probably over 4000 ringers on Facebook. Difficult to be more precise as they are not neatly lined up in one place asking to be counted. So where are they lined up? Many are friends with each other and use Facebook to plan outings, peals, etc etc. If you only meet up with a ringer a couple of times a year, it can be a real help to keep in touch this way as well. The best place to start is your local Guild or District Facebook group, or the one nearest to you. With any luck you will know some of the members so your application to join should go through with no trouble. Many ringers find this membership is all they need – they can find out what’s on locally, ask if practice nights are happening (if there’s any doubt) or just use it to stay in touch with friends. If you apply for membership of any group please be prepared to wait about 48 hours as the Admins are often busy ringing! If nothing appears to happen then check your messages “other” inbox because the Admin may be trying to confirm who you are!

New ones (July 2016)

New ones (2015)

but here is a selection of Guild and association groups:

These national groups are a start!

Bellringing Facebook Pages

Any query, or to add your group to this list, or remove it if you wish, please use the REPLY BOX BELOW or contact me.

FirstPeal2015 Mugs

In the past week I have broken 2 mugs. As if I needed any excuse to order a FirstPeal2015 mug! It’s easy. Cost is £5 each plus postage….

  1. FirstPeal2015 MugVisit
  2. Choose the “front and back separate picture” option.
  3. Download first peal logo from this site onto your computer, then upload it onto the front of the mug.
  4. You can put the details of your peal on the back of the mug at no extra cost. Get the Peal up on screen (Bellboard) and create a screen shot of the details. If you want it on a white background, do a ctrl-p to print it then save as a pdf.

Good advice on Facebook from a marketing professional

Jamie Turner

Click to read the article

Ringers love to get professional services (and everything else for that matter!) for free without sacrificing quality.  Jamie Turner writes good solid stuff about online marketing.

There has been much talk recently in ringing circles about the need to “get on facebook” or “use facebook better”.

The article is  “Skyrocketing your Facebook Engagement“. Read and enjoy!

How to find bellringers on Twitter

Ten Top Tops for finding other bellringers on Twitter

  1. Tweet about your own bellringing, and include the word #bellringing . This is known as a hashtag and it tells Twitter the subject (or subjects) of your tweet. Twitter has a big index of subjects. Click here to see who is tweeting about #bellringing at the moment. Continue reading

Adding hot links to a Facebook Post

Advertising your practice in a Facebook Group can be a brilliant way to attract new people to come. If they have visited you before then all you need to do is to tell them the time and the place and maybe your planned method(s) for the evening. But what if…

  • Someone hasn’t visited the tower before and don’t know where it is, or
  • You have made a nice web page for the practice on a website somewhere, and want them to click through to see all the wonderfulness.

Continue reading

4 ways to listen on Twitter (#bellringing)

Listening to other Tweeps

There are four ways to listen in Twitter and perhaps Spider was not alone (when she was a new tweeter)  in only understanding the first one of them.

  1. If you follow another tweep, all their tweets appear in your news feed. They pop up in real time in a satisfying sort of a way, and if it is a wet afternoon this can be quite fun.
  2. If someone tweets to you then you will find it in your Connect tab. You will also receive an email but if you have a busy-busy email feed you may miss it… which is a shame because they meant this message just for you in a friendly way. It is easy peasy to do this (although spider confesses she didn’t really understand this until a kind teenager explained it to her) – you just put their Identity (that’s the name that starts with the @ sign) into the message somewhere.
  3. If someone direct messages you then you will get an email. Also the little envelope on how to direct message a followeryour “me” tab will light up. This is a subtle sign and should really be accompanied by noisy trumpet fanfares because it means it is probably REALLY important! (If you want to Direct message someone then it has to be someone who follows YOU. Click on their name, and then the little human symbol underneath (see the picture on the left, which shows Spider just about to message @Dovesguide), and you will get a DM form you can use.
    Messages here are limited to 140 characters too. These do not count as “tweets” and are private between the 2 of you.
  4. 4thly and not leastly, you can listen out for topics of interest which are found by typing into the little grey Search box at the top of the screen. Mostly topics begin with a hashtag (most important of these obviously is #bellringing) which means that the Twitter Engines have been busy building fast and efficient indexed searches of them and your results will be back in a pico-jiffy. You can put plain English (or Welsh or Cornish) words in here but the engines of searching will grumble and wheeze at you and take at LEAST a second to respond. Other fun hastags to look at at the one for your village, town, district etc… It’s worth finding out what #hashtag area you live in cos you can find out what’s going on.

Amanda on Twitter recommends this online (free) course if you want to learn more:

Have you got any advice for aspiring tweeps? Use the reply box below.