Monday, April 22, 2013

S is for Social Media Combined With Blogging

As I've been writing my A-Z posts I've been really excited to get to this one. I've been dropping hints here and there, but today I get to focus on using other social media platforms to improve your blogging experience.



There's a few things that, through trial and error, I've found as effective means to using other social media platforms (i.e. facebook, twitter, etc.)

1. Pick and choose. There are so many social media outlets out there, there's no way one person can do them all. Pick your top three and focus your energy. I personally find Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to be the three easiest to use and most beneficial to what I'm trying to do as a blogger.

2. Visit your preferred platforms Mon-Fri. As with blogging, you have to be consistent. There are millions of voices out there, if you want yours to be heard, you have to be consistent in speaking up. I post something every day Mon-Fri on Facebook, Twitter, and Google +. Some people will discourage you from posting the same things becasue of repetitiveness. But I've found that I follow so many people that words get lost and I don't often see repeats in what people say. Sometimes I do, but it doesn't bother me becasue I don't see those repeats that often.

3. Don't Focus on Yourself. More than writing something everyday, you have to make friendships by engaging people. I spend at least 10 minutes on each of my three platforms daily. I look for interesting content and engage with others who have posted. The more I get to know someone, the more likely they are to engage when they see one of my posts.

The most important thing to remember when using social media to build your platform is that it's fun! Don't get upset if no one is engaging with you, do it for the fun and eventually people will respond.

What's your favorite social media besides blogging?
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