Join me every Saturday as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…
How do you use Social Media?
I’ve seen a few posts since I started blogging about what social media sites you should use for your blog. That’s not my question. I think most of us acknowledge that we need to use social media and I think it’s also pretty much agreed that Twitter is number one for the book blog world. It also seems to be pretty true that it’s not the only thing you should be using – why else to we all seem to have Facebook pages, Google+ and I don’t know what else (because I got overwhelmed with just these options and stopped there).
No, my questions is about how you actually use social media. Because I’ve gone and created all these accounts and I’m really trying to use them. But I can’t help but feel that I’m doing it wrong.
I don’t mean to imply that there’s one right way to use social media – but there’s certainly better, more effective ways and worse, less effective ones. So here’s what I’m doing … maybe you can tell me what you’re doing and why you think it does (not?) work!
I share all my posts on Twitter – that’s the main thing I use it for. But I also like to share all the posts I read on Twitter. I don’t share most memes, but book reviews, features, guest posts – I share them most the time. Sometimes I forget or am reading in a hurry. And I also try to tag the author when I share it. I don’t know if this is a pain to them or appreciated – but I figure that it’s nice to know someone is sharing your posts and it’s hard to know if someone is if they don’t tell you.
I’m horrible knowing when to RT. Unless I’m super excited about a tweet or it says “Please RT” I probably won’t. I get annoyed when I see the same tweet over and over because everyone and their brother retweeted a tweet, so I don’t want to over do it myself. But maybe I should? I don’t know.
I also tweet when I buy books on Amazon. Usually these are good deals (Free or $0.99 most the time) so I figure it’s nice to let people know about good deals. OH and I have the Tweet Old Post plugin set to every 4 or 6 hours. And I have goodreads setup to post my updates on Twitter – Is that overkill? I don’t want to be obnoxious!
I do get into occasional conversations on Twitter – but I really suck at this and usually need to be approached first. One, I don’t want to push myself into someone else’s conversation. I get that feeling like I’m in high school and the cool kids are talking and I’ve come up and tried to insert myself. But part of me can’t help but think Twitter conversations are public, so your basically invited to join in, right?
Oh and hashtags (#)! I don’t get them. I mean I get the ones where I’m part of a read-a-thon and everyone’s posting their reading updates with a pre-agreed upon # or for a twitter party. Or when you’re watching a show and everyone watching it is using that #. But when I’m having a conversation (one of my rare ones) and someone says #hotguy or something I don’t know what to do. I think should I use a # too? Should I just make one up for what I’m feeling or are there pre-agreed upon ones and, thus, by randomly making one I will sound really clueless (which I am, go figure!)?
I’ve had a Facebook page since month 2 of my blog, but I really don’t use it very much. I have Bloglovin’ automatically put up my posts. I also share book-related funnies (usually one a day). I will sometimes share book deals that I find – usually ones that I also found on Facebook. I share posts that I discover while reading Facebook – but not any of the posts I read otherwise. Should I be sharing more?
I’ve seen some blogs do Facebook only giveaways – but I really don’t have the resources to do that many giveaways. And I only have a little over 100 Facebook followers, and most of them don’t seem to read the majority of my posts, so it might be pointless anyway.
Otherwise, I’m clueless about what to do on Facebook…
I have to confess that I kind of hate Google +. I only created the account because I had to have it to comment on someone’s blog one day. And I figured if I was going to have it, I might as well make it work for me. So I add people to my circles and I think I made it look a little like my blog. I remember to put my posts up 50% of the time. I never share anything else there – no other posts I read, no book sales nothing. I really don’t read what others are putting up there either. Sometimes I think I should delete it, because it’s not being used. But maybe I should try to use it more. Maybe I’m missing a lot by not being more attentive to it.
The thing is, a blog is a LOT of work. When you combine that with social media and reading and you know, that thing called work (which is Graduate school in my case) there’s like no time left. In fact, I’m pretty sure I have negative hours left every day. So I want to use social media, but I want to use it right. I’d rather have better conversations with fellow bloggers on Twitter and ditch the other social media all together if I knew how. I want to be doing more than simply promoting my blog – I want to be talking to people – but that’s all I really feel like I’m doing, because I just don’t know how to do much more.
So how do you use social media? I’m dying to know and hope there will be lots of tips for me because I’m #socialmediachallenged! (Did that work? or is that a bad #?)