Back away from the Social Media. Back away!

Posted on February 15, 2017 «
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My Social Media Cutbacks

As many bloggers know the most important thing after writing a post is to shamelessly promote your blog post via social media. There are a number of networks out there to send and share your posts. Until recently, I was pushing my posts to Facebook, Twitter, Google+ (does anyone still use Google+?), Pinterest and LinkedIn (I still haven’t figured out LinkedIn’s purpose and I was job hunting for 2+ years.). About a month ago, I decided I needed to cut back.

In addition to writing and coding posts, which I normally do simultaneously, it was taking me over an hour to get the first draft of a post done. Then you have to add in time for creating any social media images because everyone wants pictures and hunting down the perfect gif because EMOTION. The last step is scheduling social media posts. Since I utilize CoSchedule (affiliate link), I make a point, most of the time, to schedule my social media posts after my first draft is done. This is my least favorite part of blogging.

Look at me, me, me!

Why? I hate promoting myself. I suck at writing catchy short headlines. I suck at determining which hashtags to use because I rarely click on hashtags unless something stupid is trending on Twitter and I can’t figure out what all the hub-bub is about. I just don’t like putting myself out there.

So I decided that I’m going to limit myself to Facebook and Twitter. If I have a quote to share, I’ll share that to Pinterest because that’s where I go to find cool quotes for Scenic Sundays. Those are the two…three…social media sites I use the most. I usually find myself sharing other blog posts via Twitter the most because some of you are really awesome at writing headlines that draw me in and I love promoting all of you.

And while JetPack informs me that in 2016, I received 939 hits from Facebook and 602 from Twitter, I still don’t have much confidence in my social media abilities. And this is a hobby for me and I can’t let my hobby take over my life (at this point).

 

How the Others Stacked Up

Google+ (6 hits), Pinterest (7 hits) and LinkedIn (34 hits) didn’t even crack the Top 10 referrers according to Jetpack at the end of 2016.

 

What’s My Goal?

I’m hoping that by narrowing my social media focus to two, or at the most three, social media sites, I’ll feel less stress and be able to focus on improving my overall social media presence.

 

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So how do you promote your blog? What social media sites to you use and how to you manage it?

 

 


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15 responses to “Back away from the Social Media. Back away!

  1. I use Twitter and Facebook sometimes but I honestly don’t worry over it. I sometimes don’t even promote a post on my social media. Don’t stress yourself over this. Blogging is meant to be fun, at least for me.

  2. I know what you mean, Terri! I crosspost only to Twitter, Facebook, and yes, Google+ because that’s from publicize on WP. I don’t subscribe to any crossposting platforms BUT I do wish I can, only I want it if it’s free 🙂

    • Zeee, Hootsuite is a good option if you are looking for something free. I used it for awhile, but became enamoured with CoSchedule because it fits into my workflow and process. 🙂 I actually got my social media certification from HootSuite last year!

  3. WOW, first of all, the insights from JetPack are REALLY useful, yes? My goodness, I had no idea how useless pinning stuff was! And I only publish it on Google+ because the button is right there but… maybe I shouldn’t bother? I love your idea of focusing on just the two of those social platforms. I have been so irritated lately with having to post crap on Instagram because frankly, it is too much work and I don’t like it enough. But of course, it seems like it is the “it” social media of the moment, so that’s fun. 🙄

    I hate promoting too- it makes me feel icky. I know it is necessary because how else will people find my crap, but still. I am not a fan. So I do feel your struggle, so much. And FWIW, I appreciate it SO MUCH when you share posts- it is such a nice thing to do, and I need to get better at it too.

    • I don’t get HOW Instagram works for bloggers because the links in your posts aren’t clickable. (Maybe they are and I just haven’t figured that part out yet?)

      Shannon, you JUST gave me an idea for a discussion/tutorial post. Look for it next month. 🙂 Sharing posts is so simple!

  4. I share on Twitter and Facebook and (sometimes) Pinterest. All my posts are automatically shared to Google and Bloglovin. I only share certain things to Linked In because most of my contacts are authors, not other bloggers. I’ve never gotten the hang of Instagram either.

    Your post made me chuckle when you mentioned the gifs. I don’t mind one or two, but if a post has a bunch of them I won’t read it. I don’t like them. I guess I’m the odd one out when it comes to that. On Goodreads, I skip over reviews that have them. I think it’s because I’m old (ish) and my eyes don’t do well with all the flashing. It’s also distracting and makes it harder for me to read the text. Anyway, I chuckled because you said everyone wants pictures. I guess I’m weird because I don’t care.

    Still, I know what you’re saying. I spend a lot of time making images on Canva. When you add the promoting to the time you’ve spent setting up the post, it’s a lot of work. I think Facebook and Twitter are sufficient for book bloggers.

    • I don’t go whole hog on gifs either. Once in awhile I’ll grab one or two, but mostly I get sick of looking and finding just the right one so I try to use my words to convey my feelings. Novel, I know. 🙂

      (I love Canva!)

      • Canva’s been awesome. I recently made a new banner for my blog. I did watercolors in Fresh Paint, then used picmonkey to do some image editing, then used Canva to add some more details that picmonkey couldn’t do.

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