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Armchair BEA: Social Media

Posted May 28, 2015 by Stormy in Books / 13 Comments

Today’s Armchair BEA topic is a favorite of mine–social media! Here’s the prompt:

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.

Social Media in General

I think for me, the important thing to remember social-media wise is 1)It doesn’t *have* to be all about blogging, and 2) different networks serve different purposes. There are social media channels I use primarily for my blog, but there are also some(twitter) where I speak more generally. A good chunk of my twitter account is based around books, but I definitely don’t limit my conversation to that. I know some people keep their personal twitter accounts separate from their blog twitter accounts, but I’ve found in the past when I tried to compartmentalize like that it doesn’t work for me personally.

Twitter

Twitter is by FAR my favorite social media channel. I tweet @stormydawnc and I definitely use twitter on a daily basis. I admit I rely a lot on twitter to know what’s going on in the book blogging world, the book world, and honestly, the world in general. I use twitter to keep up with local businesses(or at least I did when I lived in a place that actually had local businesses other than the convenient stores), book bloggers, industry people, and world news.

Blogging-wise, however, I think blogging is great for short conversations that perhaps don’t warrant an entire post, chatting about a certain book, or keeping up with news. Here’s how I try to utilize my twitter account:

  • Promote my own blog posts. It’s not very fun to follow a twitter account that only promotes blog posts to the point of becoming spammy, but it’s definitely a great tool to get to the word out. I also love programs that allow me to schedule tweets in advance. I tend to use Tweetdeck, which is excellent for conversation(more on this in a minute), or Buffer. Buffer is also great because you can see how well a tweet does(how many times it was clicked, RT’d, etc.)
  • Share other great blog posts. After all, part of the appeal of blogging for me is about the community aspect. I love being able to share great posts I come across with other bookish people on twitter.
  • Connect with fellow readers. I would say that the vast majority of blogging friends I’ve made have come from striking up conversations on twitter. It’s definitely the hub of my blogging socialization. I do try to create a sense of community other places, including the comment section of the blog, but twitter is by far the easiest place to do that. I tend to let more of my personality out on twitter as well, which I think contributes to that. I also love participating in bookish twitter chats, which I think is an excellent way to get to know fellow readers.
  • Stay in the know. A good chunk of the time, I hear about books from twitter. It’s how I know when books are having cover reveals, where I keep up with my favorite authors, and where I typically hear bookish news firsts.

If I had two recommendations for bloggers who aren’t on twitter yet or aren’t comfortable with the platform, here’s what I’d suggest:

1. Try a twitter chat

Really, I’m a huge fan of twitter chats, as mentioned above! I think these are a great way to jump into the twitter book blogging community if you’re a little shy or uneasy about just striking up conversation, because interaction is the whole point of a twitter chat, and if you participate in a bookish one, you already know you have one hobby in common with the people you’re chatting with!

2. Tweetdeck Tweetdeck Tweetdeck

I’m a huge fan of using Tweetdeck. I know some people who have tried it and haven’t liked it, but I do think it’s a good idea to give the application a try. I find it so much easier to follow conversations in Tweetdeck, PLUS you can set up as many columns as you want(especially great for those twitter chats mentioned above, since you can track all the tweets that come in with a certain hashtag), *and* you can mute hashtags as well as users.

Facebook

I had a blog Facebook page for a year, but I deleted it. Facebook’s algorithms for promoting posts got more & more annoying, & keeping up with it was a chore. I’m pretty sure most of the people who liked my page did so as a giveaway entry once upon a time, and I knew of only 3 or 4 people(all whom I know in real life) who actually utilized the page, so it didn’t seem worth the time and effort for the return. I eventually decided I would rather spend more quality time with fewer social networks than spreading myself thin, though I’ve seen some bloggers use Facebook pages with quite a bit of success(I’d love to hear how, if that’s you!)

Instagram

I enjoy Instagram and I take a lot of bookish pictures, but it’s not focused on my blog exactly. It’s very much my personal Instagram. . . which just happens to have a lot of pictures of books. It’s fun, but I never think of it as an extension of my blog, and while I generally scroll through my Instagram feed once or twice a day, I don’t spend a whole lot of time on it. Maybe in the future I’ll try utilizing it more, but for now I’m happy with where it’s at.

My Instagram

Tumblr

I will admit that I do really enjoy Tumblr. I do some blog stuff on there, but most of it’s just having my posts auto-published to Tumblr as well. Other than that, I also follow a good chunk of bookish Tumblr accounts. I think one of the benefits of Tumblr is that you can create posts longer than a simple tweet, but it’s not strange to have a short posts. It’s great for ideas I want to talk about but doesn’t quite warrant a full blog posts.

While I enjoy Tumblr, I’m not 100% satisfied with how I’m using it. I’d like to do more, but I find I often get a little lost when trying to come up with ideas. I’d be curious to hear from anyone who using Tumblr as an extension of their blog successfully!

My Tumblr

Pinterest

I don’t think Pinterest is quite as helpful for book bloggers as it might be for food or lifestyle bloggers, but I do think there’s still plenty you can do with Pinterest from a book blogging standpoint! I created a Pinterest account very early on back when it was still in beta, and I’ve written posts before about how I use Pinterest such as this posts about Pinterest and book blogging.

I use Pinterest in a few ways. I do use it as a catch-all for useful information that doesn’t pertain to blogging. I have boards for recipes, music I like, organization, etc. Basically, I do have quite a few of the standard Pinterest boards you might immediately think of when you hear the name. However, I also use Pinterest in some different ways. I love collecting images of book-related aesthetics. I have boards for eye-catching book covers, cool book shelves and reading spaces, and my blog. Last year I also started keeping boards of books I read throughout the year. I also track that information on Goodreads, but I like having a visual board where I can see what I read throughout the year. So far I have one for 2014 and 2015, and I think I’ll keep doing it in future years as well.

LET’S CHAT: Do you use any of the same social networks? Which one’s your favorite? Least favorite? Any you’d like to become more familiar with?

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