Let’s chat about Social Media. What posts do we like to see the most on social media? What types of messages do we like to share?
So… I’ve gotten quite a bit social media happy. For the most part, I have one account. Except Facebook pages – this blog has it’s own FB page, and so does my other blog, and of course I have my personal profile. But Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest – just the one account. SO I SHARE IT ALL. If it interests me, it gets shared. Depending on the platform, and what is appropriate of course.
Twitter is my brain dump, and I go a little crazy sometimes. I share bookish stuff, and blogging stuff, and a lot of mom stuff. I even have a few hashtags on auto RT because good stuff man, good stuff. I also use Triberr to share other people’s stuff. I like how it shares slowly over time. Because otherwise, I get in a RT frenzy when I have some spare time, and it all shows up at once. Like I said – brain dump.
Pinterest I have categories and boards, so it is more organized. But I love to PIN ALL THE THINGS! I don’t use a scheduler exactly (I use BoardBooster as a looping tool and to share my other blog stuff to group boards, but not for bookish stuff.)
I even have a Buffer account set up to share all the bookish things onto our Facebook page over time, so I don’t spam the page all at once. And our posts get shared of course. And anyone else’s awesome bookish stuff that we come across. Share all the stuff that has books!
I’ve also gotten into more Instagramming. Mostly pictures of my kid doing something adorkable. Or my pets being cuddly. Sometimes of books, if I have a rare physical book in my hands. Otherwise, it is all digital, and how many pictures can I take of my Kindle before it gets weird? I do get jelly of those people who have beautiful print books with shiny covers to share. One day again. One day. When the spawn is/are grown, and I have my life back.
I enjoy sharing other people’s stuff. Which is great for Twitter, and Facebook, and I sometimes share bookish stuff on Pinterest too – just not book covers – but if another image is available, that explains the post – like discussions. Sharing stuff. LOVE TO SHARE, but it has to be shareable. So.. good content, please. Discussions are great content. Interesting features are great content. Sometimes I do even share reviews.
I don’t want to see people pushing their product on each other. I HATE when someone tweets @ me (and I don’t even know who they are) and just go “ooh look at my book thingie!” NO. Make connections. Let’s chat back and forth. Tell me you liked something I posted recently. And actually have read the thing I posted recently. No soliciting at my door! I love when people share their hard work and say “oh my book has released, check it out.” And then I see their post, and I MIGHT check it out. And I might not. But then they didn’t push it, and I went with my interest. And those I might be willing to share for them too.
So, in conclusion. SHARE ALL THE STUFF. No spammy spam, but actually connect and share good stuff, and share your own good stuff, but other people’s good stuff too.
I still have not figured out, after all this time, how Julie has time for social media. Or maybe I’d have more time if I wasn’t reading Buzzfeed all day. Difficult to say.
But what’s good about blogging with Julie is that she’s been teaching me all the tricks. Like lists on Twitter. Or using Buffer to post all the interesting links I find.
I like Twitter the best – with it’s short posts, and not having to see/scroll past comments if I don’t want to read them. I dislike Facebook the most – for the opposite of the above reasons. (Plus, WHY do I have to keep switching the settings back to Most Recent. Do people actually read the newsfeed on Top Stories?) Pintrest and tumblr are major rabbit holes. Hours can go by and I’ll have not noticed. I am super jelly of the bookstagram posts, too. I’m into Litsy lately. It’s like Intagram. But only for bookish posts. You should check it out! (Ok, only if you have an iPhone, as that’s the only app out there. But they are working on expanding!)
I agree with Julie. Share all the stuff.
How about you? What are your feelings on social media?