When I first started blogging I had absolutely no idea what it meant. I just wanted to write in an organized manner and the notebooks did not seem right. During the initial few months, no one knew that I was publishing posts or writing on my blog. Then with a nudge from a friend at work who started showing interest, I shared my post on my personal Facebook account and I haven’t stopped since then.
Blogging and Social Media Go Hand In Hand
Think of a singer. What if no one had ever heard of her melodious voice? Yes, the singer would keep singing for passion but without an audience, her talent would never be discovered. Blogging is like that.
Any content online is always available but do you think someone living in Greenland would google Parul + happinessandfood + Women in Wikipedia?
Social media acts as a bridge and connects a blogger to a reader. If my post is on social media and my followers like it, comment and discuss on it, and share it; the momentum starts to build. It reaches Greenland in no time. Blogging and social media go hand in hand.
While content is the king, the media you use to share your posts is this king’s army. Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest or Google+ – these are all vehicles to help your content reach the audience.
Today, for Write Tribe, I wanted to share some tips that work for me when I share content on social media:
Create and nurture your blog’s identity: A simple Facebook page is all you need to build and grow audience. It’s a simple one step process and links with your personal Facebook account. Just be around and interact with readers.
Connect your or your blog’s social media accounts with your blog: If someone likes your post and is willing to share it, you need to provide the right connect and not some generic or no link. It’s like a goal missed.
Prioritize content: I have come across many folks who miss the idea and lose the focus on the content. Always remember that if your content is good, social media is a catalyst but if content starts lacking the strength, social media can’t do much.
Not just shares: Engaging with readers is not just about your posts. Once in a while, strike a conversation, share an inspirational read, post a picture or ask something. Be more authentic as you engage and you will see how much this will be loved.
Be regular: Out of sight becomes out of mind a lot of times. Avoid falling in that trap. Be regular both with writing and your engagement. Also, don’t just share when you write. Share when you read.
This seems may seem odd but there is nothing wrong in being shameless and promoting your work. Like they say, if you don’t believe in your content, who will? So, go ahead and share with your family, friends and acquaintances.
Many of us write/blog in isolation, in the comfort of our couches and peace of our surroundings, but when it comes to social media, the game transforms itself differently.
Would you like to share some social media tips with me? I am all ears.
Don’t forget to connect with me on my blog and my blog’s Facebook page. (See, that was an example to plug my contacts on this post but feel free to oblige only if you enjoyed reading my post. ;))
If you are new to Friday Reflections, here’s what it’s about. It’s the end of the week, you’re probably exhausted with work, and all you want to do is sit back, put your feet up, sip on some fancy cocktail or wine, and write away. Sanch and Write Tribe give you writing prompts and all you have to do is choose any one of those prompts to blog about and link up between Friday and Monday. After you link up, be sure to spread the love by visiting other bloggers who have linked up too.
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Since Sanch is located in Australia and a lot of Aussie bloggers join this link up, the post will be up here by Thursday evening.
Prompts for this week
- What is your favourite affirmation and how has it helped you?
- What are you thinking of right now? Express yourself by free writing.
- Do you keep a journal?
- “The truth.” Dumbledore sighed. “It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”— J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone). Use this as an inspiration for your post or within your post
- Picture Prompt (copyright – Living My Imperfect Life)