Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Flickr, Instagram, Vine, Pinterest, You Tube….if there’s a way for me to connect with people on the internet, I’m going to try to do it. I may suck at it, but I’m going to try. (Hence the myriad of clickable buttons to the right that will lead you straight to me on each platform…)
And trying is important, because at least it makes me somewhat visible. Right?
But the truth of the matter is that I don’t really use my social media skills to self-promote quite as much as I should. And it’s something I need to work on, I think, if I ever plan to really succeed at this whole “professional blogger” thing. Because after all, if I don’t give my readers multiple opportunities to see me, hear me, and read my stuff, then I’m not really doing my blog much justice.
Here’s what I mean.
How I’ve Been Using My Facebook Fan Page:
This would have been a terrific idea, if I’d planned on turning it into a future blog post. But I didn’t. And I won’t. I was just curious and I wanted to gush about Megan Hilty for a second or two.
How I SHOULD Be Using My Facebook Fan Page:
It should be a no-brainer, right? When I post a blog, I should post it to Facebook. Which I do—usually, without fail or hesitation. But once I post it the one time…that’s it. The end. I never go back and resubmit the link, or beg for people to go see my work. I always worry that if I post links too often, people will get annoyed. So I post it once, sit back, and hold my breath, hoping they’ll click anyway.
How I’ve Been Using My Twitter Feed:My followers know all too well that I spend most of my time on Twitter stalking Donnie Wahlberg (and other members of NKOTB), annoying my blogger friends for Word Press advice, and re-Tweeting stuff I find to be funny/knowledgeable/important that other people posted. Rarely, if ever, do I post humorous content of my own devising, or do the other thing that Twitter feeds are for…I.E….
So now I’m following the social media path to new avenues…
Google Plus finally sucked me in, and now I’m busy setting up a profile, trying to find people to follow, and joining new communities for writers like the little joiner that I am. I’m planning on using it as a self-promotional tool only (although I said that about Twitter when I joined, too…and that was a rabbit hole I never expected.)
The one facet of social media I really want to focus attention on right now, though, is You Tube. I’ve managed to build up quite a large channel over there, just from posting my video blogs so I could share them here with you. And now, You Tube wants me to spiff up the joint–adding a new (HUGE?!) banner, inviting friends to subscribe so they never miss a video…they even wanted me to create a trailer to introduce people to what my channel was all about.
So, as part of this new Word Press adventure, I’m going to work on my social media skills. Just don’t judge me if it doesn’t happen on Twitter right away. (I can’t help it. I need my daily ‘Berg fix.)
Won’t you join me on my You Tube channel? Click THIS LINK to visit, click the little subscribe button, and make me dance a jig in my seat! 🙂