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How To Get More Social Media Savvy // Blogging with Daisybee20.1.15
Without a shadow of a doubt, the biggest way the blogosphere has changed in recent months is the inclusion of #AllTheSocialMediaz. While once you could write a blog post, promote it nowhere and somehow still see it being picked up by readers far and wide, it’s kinda commonplace to have your content overarching every platform nowadays so at least one poor, unsuspecting soul will find it. (I'm only kidding -- I'll always read your blog and/or post if you ask me to!)
In my opinion, this goes further than a simple ‘look at my new post’ Tweet – although these are still good to shimmy out – I think it’s important to reformulate your amazing all-singing-all-dancing blog post for each platform. Let’s take a few minutes to talk social media platforms and ye olde blog, shall we?
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By its quick-fire nature, keep promoting Tweets short and sharp. Make it a little more interesting and thought-provoking than simply affixing ‘new post’ or the post title. You can also add hashtags for the various blogger chats to make sure you’re reaching out to the ‘right’ audience. But aside from that, be ‘you’ on Twitter. Throw in those random thoughts running through your brain. Retweet things that you find funny or cute – they just help to show your character. Share blog posts from our fellow bloggers that you enjoyed. Whack in photo Tweets to uplift your feed. My Twitter is pretty much #CommuterChronicles, Taylor Swift lyrics (because I am 14, yes), asking my followers questions and a handful of other stuff. Twitter is also the place to ask your readers for their opinion and input for posts, if that’s how you roll!
Last year saw the inundation of Instagram blogs. Feeds dedicated to micro-blogging. While this works for some (i.e. using it to purely post a particular type of content), I kinda use mine to reiterate that I’m also a human. It’s easy in Blog Land to make it look like life is ready-made editorial and super polished, but the instant nature of, er, Instagram gives a sort of real-time visual conversation and behind-the-scenes look at your blog. Share funny snaps of your chief photo-takers’ stances, your hunt for outfit photo locations, candid still-in-plastic-bag hauls or interesting landscapes and arrays that ‘didn’t quite make a post’.
Perhaps you just published a new outfit post on your blog: why not share an Instagram photo of those items hung up on your bedroom wall/brick wall/10 green bottles etcetc. to show off a different dimension? Or maybe you posted a review of a new red lipstick – how about ‘gramming a sneaky selfie?
Having worked as a freelance community manager for over a year and a half, I find Facebook the most ridiculous platform if you’re on a budget. Let’s face it, I’m not paying to promote my blog. I suppose Facebook is a good platform as a reminder of posts. You could create photo albums of photographs from a post as well as behind-the-scenes photos. Or ask questions. Or simply update followers of your day-to-day schedules in the same way that you’d use a personal Facebook profile. I find my Facebook page appeals to a more generic and open audience as it typically has more non-blogger readers on there?
Ah the ambiguous grey area that is Pinterest. I dip in and out with Pinterest and find it does little to grow or enhance readership, but it does help me to refocus my interests and use that to churn out new blog ideas. Some bloggers like to dedicate boards to post content but I just like repinning pretty photos that inspire lifestyle, food and fashion photography composition. Adding a ‘Pin this!’ widget to your blog certainly helps to have your content shared too – if someone likes your post, they can put a Pin on it! ;)
Part three of four in my 2015 Blogging with Daisybee series, in which you can draw your social media platforms together to maximise your posts’ potential. No homework or puppy-involvement excuses required. You don’t even need an expensive Kate Spade notebook or fifty candles lit for inspiration. You’re welcome.