When I first started blogging, Social Media didn’t factor in. I just wanted to talk about things, mainly books. Mostly books. And then a few people followed the blog. And then a few more. Once I started to meet like-minded bloggers and visited their sites, I noticed that they were linking up their posts to places like Facebook and Twitter for starters. Then Bloglovin’, Instagram, Pinterest and Goodreads. As socially awkward as I can be, this was a medium I could do. It’s just takes a few minutes to set up a blog account and a click to make it all happen. The Armchair BEA topic today is Social Media:
“How do you use social media to expand your blogging/writing horizons? Social Media is all about networking and connections, and utilizing today’s technology to the fullest. Make sure you mention your own social media pages. Do you have another blog, maybe a Tumblr? Have a Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook? Or maybe there’s an underrated social media program that you like.”
Here are the ones linked to my blog. Feel free to find me there by clicking the links at the top menu on the home page! 🙂
Not my favorite social media network but to be honest I use it more as a news feed. All the bookish places I like and bloggers I follow are all in one place. I can easily view a post and decide whether to read it or not. I’m also a very visual person, so seeing pictures with text works for me. After a post, I link it up and it also goes directly to my Twitter blog page.
Speaking of visual, Instagram is my favorite way to see what’s going on. I love to get snippets of people’s lives without all the text. Covers of books, photos of family, vacation spots and funny happenings. It’s super easy to use and navigate and a network I think is low key and underrated for blogs. You can’t link posts but it’s a nice way to connect with others.
Pinterest is so genius! I was always that girl who tore pictures out of magazines and kept them in a folder. I also had bulletin boards (the old school kind) with motivational articles and collages. This virtual bulletin board is a great place to link up posts through pictures. I used to spend way more time on the site but now I just link up and get out!
Sorry, Twitter-ites, it’s not my favorite place to be. I get weird followers asking me to follow back, soliciting, fluctuate in +/- 5 followers a day (the ones I won’t follow back, I’m guessing) and trolls are too much. I’m not about censoring, but it’s not a fun place to be when you see people get attacked for opinions and comments. I can’t figure out how people really connect on there. Do they keep it open ALL DAY LONG and comment or set up a twitter chat time? I just don’t have time for that unless it’s scheduled. For the blog, I use it to link up posts and I DO like to connect with blogger friends via messages. It’s popular and maybe for the young-ins but for blogging, it’s another way to network. Am I using it wrong?
Yes, It’s gotten a lot of slack for censoring reviews and now linked to Amazon, but I like it and use it every day. It’s the only place where I’ll star rate a book and can leave a brief comment and then link up my full review on the blog. I use it more for a way to catalog the books I’ve read and books I want to read. I also joined some book groups in the past and was a beta reader for writers, which was enjoyable. If you are a book blogger, it can be useful. And I really don’t get too caught up in star reviews-everyone has their own opinion. I haven’t stayed with “the other” social media book sites except this one. Let me know in the comments if you like the other book social media sites.
The jury is still out on this one. It’s gotten better and the ease of using it is quite simple. I prefer my Word Press Reader but use Bloglovin’ for the blog. You just need to set up a free account and linking each post is not necessary. It does the work for you.
I have an account set up but really don’t use it. I just can’t get into the vibe of it all. And suggestions?
*All of these Social Media sites are free. You just need to set up an account and link up to your blog. With the Word Press design I use, there were menu spots available to add them to the top of the home page. All of these sites also offer buttons you can add to your side bar, header or footer, depending on the design.