If there is one thing I like doing as a journalist, it is chatting up my sources.

I am sure when I strut into the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce or the Justice of the Peace Offices everyone rolls their eyes and says: “Here comes Mason.” I can take what should be a  two minute conversation and drag it out to 15 minutes.

There is a number of reasons I do this. For one, it builds leads to other stories, but more importantly it is because I care.

A lot of these people are the folks I see almost every day, and I want to have more than the “I am just popping in here because I have to” relationship. I want to know what their children are up today, how their day is going, what interesting thing they did during the weekend and more.

When I taking my linguistics class back in my junior year of college, there was many films that stated dragging out conversations is a common trait for Texans. We will often ask how people are doing before getting to the point or asking for a favor. But hey that is me, I am a Texan born and raised.

Well I guess, I should stop dragging this out and tell you what I wanted to share with everyone.

Because we — the Copperas Cove Herald staff — are social, we would like to invite everyone to visit with us through our social media websites.

When it comes to our regular readers, you may only know us black as black ink on newspaper background. We want to change that. We want to get to know you, and we want you to get to know us.

By joining one or several of our social media sites, you can get a taste of who we are and what we are doing for you. It also provides a good chance to catch up and talk to others about articles.

About 50 percent of our post on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter are just links to our articles, while the other 50 percent are Audrey and I sharing what we are up to, thoughts about upcoming events, things about our own life and of course sometimes teasing each other.

We want you to be a part of those conversation, ask questions and to get to know you.

Here is a list of a couple of places you can “follow us”

Facebook — http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Cove-Herald-staff/229647863772899 :

Facebook is probably the most popular social media outlet on the Internet, and it shows as we are growing our viewership every week.

Here you will get articles and banter from Audrey and I.

You also can leave comments about our stories and message us about your ideas and thoughts. Sadly, because of how I put up the page, we can’t message you directly unless you message us first.

Twitter — twitter.com/KDHcoveeditor :

This Twitter account is really my Twitter work account. That means no Audrey. :(

Twitter allows for many short updates, which also are posted on Facebook. It features lets you stay updated on what I am doing.

I have found the website very useful for getting in touch with people fast and having a quick back and forth between users. If you are looking to have a one-on-one with me, Twitter is the place for you. But you could always call me too.

Google+ — https://plus.google.com/115717472640805944912/ :

I am not going to lie, there is not a lot of people on Google+. But if you are looking for an easy way to follow us and very pretty social media website, you should sign up for Google+.

It is very easy for us to embed our articles without having giant hyperlinks in the post, and it just looks a lot cleaner than Facebook in my opinion. For the personal accounts, the circles are also a neat feature.

We are running the same type of professional page that we are running on facebook, but Google + gives us more options. We can have hangouts, message people directly, see what you want to share with and much more.

I haven’t convinced Audrey to come around to this social media website yet, but if you join us there, I am pretty sure she will follow.

Youtube — http://www.youtube.com/feed/UCmFqrjad9goZEuZ0OLzz-lg :

Alright this is not our Youtube Channel, but it is the Killeen Daily Herald’s. Corey Johnson, our videographer, currently runs this site and you can feel free to leave him comments on any videos on the site. I am pretty sure he would love that actually.

If you’re good, you can probably find my personal Youtube site out there. Don’t worry it isn’t scary. Just some videos of my dogs.

Anyway enjoy, and come chat with us.

Contact Mason W. Canales at mcanales@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7474

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