The Charlie Bravo Story

What to do…

We have a conundrum.

It’s been almost six years since Charlie began posting on Facebook. We saw a need for an non-Hallmarky, non-politicky oasis in a desert of constant negativity, and so her blog was created. But as the stories of the Casa are often chronological, we began having issues with FB moving things around, or even followers of the page not getting updates at all and losing track of the story line. It is our estimate that less than 10% of her followers have visibility to any given post.

This would not do.

So, we started a separate page at to keep an archive of our ramblings so that our family around the globe could catch up with any missed stories. We keep the FB page feeding the blog and vice versa, and the world goes tick-tocking along.

We realize that most people follow from the Book of Face, and that’s just fine, as many times the most effective pulpit is not the one most preferable, but spreading her message is what matters most to us. The message of the Crate, that we all have them, that the only way out of ours is to help someone else out of theirs. But recent rumblings in the Zuckerworld concern us: the whole “pay to play” thing where we have to pay to ensure that the posts are seen, as well as the recent rift between Google and FB make the future of social media uncertain. Don’t worry, as long as the platform exists, we are not stopping. We believe that if recent events have taught us anything, it’s that Charlie’s voice is now more necessary than ever.

Besides, I couldn’t shut her up if I wanted to.

But there’s the added problem of FB content. I can’t count how many times we’ve sat down with a great idea for a post burning in our bones, only to have it extinguished by the torrent of hate-filled sewage splattering against our wall. So there’s the conundrum: how to keep producing positive content in a negative environment, the equivalent of composing a beautiful symphony in the middle of a Nazi death camp.

But continue we shall, as FB, for better or worse, is where we all tend to hang out. But we strongly recommend that you sign up for the blog as well, as every Monday you will receive a personal email containing the previous weeks shenanigans.

And if you ever need to just talk, we’re here as well; many times it’s better than print in these crazy times. We are NOT bashful, as any that we have had conversations with in the past can attest(here’s looking at you, Deb, Faith, Jodi, Dianne, Craig, et al). Just shoot me a PM and we can set up a time, as we’re all in this together. After all, if we don’t hang together, we’ll hang separately.

We be of one blood, ye and I.

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