What about it? Well continuing on my blog posts about what makes a good blog, I just wanted to write a quick post about the importance of social media and how good it’s been for me and my writing, as well as to tell you what I’ve been considering in relation to it.
I guess technically blogging and blogs are a form of social media, but in this post I want to focus on how I’ve found that other forms of social media can support it.
Personally, I wouldn’t be without social media. It’s transformed the way I write. Although I don’t use a whole load of different social media sites (I only really use this WordPress blog, Twitter and Facebook), through it I’ve been able to connect with many other writers around the world.
Social media as we know it is relatively new. Ten years ago, say, there weren’t all these blogs around. There was no Twitter and Facebook had only just started. So when I was first experimenting with writing longer stories, there wasn’t half as much support available to me from other writers as there is now.
My husband was the person who suggested to me that I start a blog to promote my writing and then do a search on the internet for other writers’ blogs to connect with. I’ve said what I’m about to say before, but I think it’s worth mentioning again: I started a blog and then I did my searching and I got nowhere.
I did a Google search on other writers’ blogs and came up with very little. I was discouraged – how could I possibly connect online with other authors if I couldn’t find anything on the net? Then my sister suggested I try Twitter. I joined it a couple of years ago and I’ve never looked back.
Joining Twitter is one of the best things I’ve ever done; through it I’ve been able to meet a number of other writers face to face, as well as connect with other writers all over the world. My blog is starting to take off – I currently have 181 followers – and it’s enabled me to promote my writing a lot more easily. I use my WordPress blog in conjunction with Twitter and now and then with Facebook and it’s really helped.
However, having said all that, I have had some comments that I only have Facebook and Twitter share buttons on my blog. The thing is they’re the only social media sites that I’ve signed up to. Now I’ll be honest here – as much as I want to promote my blog and for it to be as visible as possible – I don’t want to have to sign up to a load more social media sites, such as Google+ (which keeps trying to sign me up anyway!!), Pinterest, Instagram et al.
The reason is that I already struggle to keep up with the demands of writing, working, housework (yes I do some!!), looking after our dog, church and everything that goes with that, socialising, reading, reading and commenting on others’ blogs, Twitter and Facebook, to name but a few. And so I just don’t want to burden myself with yet another thing on the list that I should be doing, when I can barely keep up with what I’m already doing.
So my conundrum is this: how do I or can I promote my blog via other social media sites without officially joining them? Now to you that might sound like a daft question. Maybe it is, maybe it’s obvious that it’s not possible. All I had in mind was that people who visit my blog might be able to click on one of the share buttons – if I added more – and share my work if they were on those sites themselves. A bit like, say, me sharing an article I’ve read online on Facebook.
And that’s my parting question for you: is it possible to be more visible on social media as a writer WITHOUT signing up for dozens of sites that I might not have the time to use anyway?
As always, your comments are very welcome.