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Blogging and Social Media (Yay or Nay?)

It’s Monday again.

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Today, rather than ask what you’re reading, I’d like to chat about something else: social media. For those of you unfamiliar with social media, it is defined as “That thing with all the cats and people who yell at each other that eats up an embarrassing amount of time that could otherwise spent being productive.” I swear that’s the definition, look it up.

You know what I’m talking about. Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Those other ones I probably don’t even know about.

I’d be lying if I tried to pretend that I, like so many other people, don’t spend a good deal of my personal time browsing through social media. There’s much debate (where else, but on the internet?) about whether or not this is good for you. I’m not going to even touch that one, because obviously it’s going to be a different experience for everyone. Given how much time I’ve spent watching funny cat videos in the past decade, I’m really not one to make judgments. I would, however, like to discuss social media and what it does for the blogging community.

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I’ve only recently started sharing my blog on social media. Many moons ago I wrote a post about why I avoided talking about my blog with people in “real life.” For the most part, this still applies. I am very selective about who I share my blog with. This is why I hesitate a little to start advertising my blog on social sites.

I talk about it on Twitter and share links to my recent posts, but I almost never put anything on Facebook. I can’t even really explain this one, as I talk about personal stuff on Facebook, but not to the same extent that I do on here. Even if I shared my recent posts via Facebook, I feel like it’s the wrong crowd for it. In the same vein,  hesitate to share my Instagram on my blog because of my occasional pole dancing picture.

Do you use social media to promote your blog and connect with other bloggers? Do you use your personal account or do you have a separate one? Do you feel like it’s been beneficial for your blog? Give me some feedback!

Also, if you would like to follow me on social media, here are some links:

 Bloglovin     Twitter     Goodreads

17 thoughts on “Blogging and Social Media (Yay or Nay?)

  1. I use both my Twitter and FB to promote my blog (not that it helps much). I would estimate that it’s an even balance between FB and the WP Reader as how people find me. (I think I’ve had one, maybe two folks click on the link on Twitter). But, of course, my blog is not as heavily followed as yours, and probably never will be, since I have no theme, either on the blog or in life in all truth. But it is what it is, and I’m fine with it.

    I see no reason not to use social media to promote your blog. I guess it depends on who are your followers/friends. We all have that one (or more) person that we want to get rid of but just can’t for whatever reason.

    I guess my FB friends are more open to what I post than the few Twitter followers that I have. But again, no biggie..

    Do what suits you best. You might find your blog followers growing like crazy! Who knows!

    Peace,
    B

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  2. Actually, I’m glad you’re on Twitter – I signed up for it awhile ago and it has helped me IMMENSELY with my blog!
    I have met authors, friends, and pubs all there. I just followed you now. I use Instagram the most as well as Twitter: my FB and Tumblr are barely used. I also love Goodreads if you can count that one.
    So…welcome to the social media world!

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  3. I was nervous to share my blog on Facebook at first, then I finally did and people were actually really cool about it. After a while, I felt like interest waned a bit and it made me feel like a bother sometimes. So then I created a Twitter account just for my blog so I can share my every day thoughts and posts, without feeling bad about it. Instagram is a whole other animal.

    Great post! Gonna follow your blog now.

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  4. None of my friends know about my blog; I would never share it on my personal Facebook lol. I don’t have any other social media and I don’t really want to create them even though it seems to help book bloggers because I know I’ll waste so much time.

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  5. I share my posts on twitter and Facebook. I created a page for my blog on Facebook and then share it in my personal account but get almost no traffic from it. I get a lot of traffic from twitter especially if an author sees one of the reviews and retweets it. I think the difference between the two has to do with the nature of both, Facebook being friends and family I’ve known for ages most of whom don’t share an interest in reading SFF. On twitter however people seek out others with similar interests so my list of followers and people I follow includes a lot of SFF authors and readers/bloggers now. I’ve had some self-published authors contact me through finding my blog on twitter and that’s been pretty cool.

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  6. I have a FB page for my blog but it doesn’t get much interaction, only the same few people. Same for FB book blogger groups, unless you are one of the chosen you seem to be ignored.

    Twitter is great, people share and it’s fun. Always nonsense fun and banter on the Twittah.😂

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  7. I utilize Twitter. I have the most site referrals from there. I usually keep my link in my IG profile, but never really get any bites there. I’ve only recently made a facebook page to share with my FB friends, but none of them actually read, which is why I escaped to the blogosphere to begin with, haha.

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    1. I totally understand that one. The people I’m friends with on FB and in real life just aren’t into the blog thing. I contemplated making a separate FB for my blog, but it feels like it’ll be a bit repetitive.

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