|According to the Facebook analytics, this post has a reach of over 700,000 people|
Generally I try to post images that appeal to my tastes – kitschy, graphic stuff, mostly color, mostly 20th century. I have found that Cracker architecture gets a good response, as does favorite eateries like the Kapok Tree or Wolfies. I try to slip in some Florida history now and then but it seems that the newer fans are really about Florida nostalgia more than anything else. It's an interesting process for me as I post images and speculate how popular they will be. I've learned that pictures generate more response than links to websites and that photos shared for other Facebook pages can be just popular as original posts. Links from other pages also helps the original page that posted the image glean followers from the Old Florida page.
|Classic Florida postcards like this tend to get a warm response|
|This image of manatees, linked from another page, was very well received|
|Wolfie's had locations throughout the state and well-remembered by my page's fans|
|Nostalgic images of familiar places also do well|
|Hard-to-imagine scenes of steamboats are popular|
My goal with the page, and with this blog, however, is to create more awareness of some of the great Old Florida places that still exist, so that they have a chance to last well into the future. Over the summer that message has been pretty subtle, but as the weather cools off there will be more opportunity to promote festivals, rallies and benefits that support worthy causes. I'm hoping that with my new found audience, I can help support some of these worthy events.
|This shot of Western Indians held at the fort in St. Augustine drew some surprising comments|
|Fun postcards with good graphics are my favorites|
|I like to add my own photography- this one from Marjorie Kinnan Rawling's house in Cross Creek|
|I love the kitschier shots from the State Archives|
|Some of Florida's oddities are fun to post – this one got a huge response|
|My poster design did fairly well recently|
|Old Florida fans loved remembering the milkman and Charles Chips|
|This one has several things going for it: Cypress Gardens|
and the legendary Willa Cook and Dick Pope
|The Holiday House was a well-remebered chain of restaurants started by Willa Cook|
The other benefit of this page is that I learn from the fans and hopefully they learn from the stuff I post. Together we are creating a virtual community of people who care about the Florida's past. Hopefully, we can help shape a future based on preserving our state's colorful history and incredible natural resources.