How Do You Implement Social Media With Your Blog?

Hello everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful week. I have a question for fellow bloggers today and hope to get some feedback from you on the importance of social media and your blogs.

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I’m not a social media user. I use Goodreads for book reviewing, but I’m not on Facebook, Twitter, or any other site. Honestly, I’ve been against it because I don’t see how I can keep up with more than Goodreads and WordPress at this point with all of my life responsibilities and everything else. I worry that it would cut into reading time, time with my family, or just free time in general to do some other activities that I like to do.

I see the use of social media frequently and notice that Facebook and Twitter are often connected to giveaways. I noticed that fan pages on Facebook are quite common for blogs. I’ve also noticed the option to follow many authors on Facebook and Twitter.

Here are my questions…

 

 

  • I’d like to know how important you think social media is for your blog and whether or not you think it’s absolutely necessary. Is it possible to have a successful blog without social media?
  • How exactly do you use social media with your blog?
  • Do you think it takes too much time and just leads to added stress?

 

Thank you all for your time!

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28 thoughts on “How Do You Implement Social Media With Your Blog?

  1. I am on Facebook and drive a lot of readers to my blog by sharing there. I am in several FB groups and share books of interest with them. I also have a Books I’ve Read board on Pinterest. When I share on Twitter I can get attention and shares by publishers, arbiters, and other book reviewers. I also get authors following me when I share I have their book to be reviewed. I don’t spend much time on these, automatically sharing when my reviews come up, or share when I submit to NetGalley. I follow publishers and writers to keep up with news. Hope this helps!

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  2. I’ll jump in here with a brief answer or two. I am on all the social media sites except Facebook (privacy concerns). I was on Twitter before I started my blog. I use the Publicize option in WP and it allows me to post across all social media platforms at the same time. Not only does it save time, it allows others to “find” me.

    I find that it’s necessary to reach new followers using social media but it doesn’t need to be time-consuming. I schedule my social media posts/tweets and then schedule them using Hootsuite. It saves so much time.

    If you have any questions, message me on GR or send me an email and I’d be happy to answer them (nnlight@outlook.com). πŸ™‚

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  3. The only outlet I use is Facebook at the moment ( other than WordPress). And I will admit, I still have a lot to learn about the whole networking process. I have created a page specifically for Caterpillars 2 Butterflies, and always share the link to every blog there. I’m sure there are ways to boost my exposure, but still working a full time job on top of trying to get things rolling with my blog and coming life coach business, I simply haven’t had much time to learning all the tricks. I would honestly love the mentorship from others myself.

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  4. Nel

    I use Facebook and Twitter regularly, personally. I have a Twitter for the blog and I use the Publicize option that automatically posts for me. I’ve been thinking about making a Facebook for RT but I’m not there yet. I keep my blog and personal pages separate though. I do let regular bloggers know about my personal pages though cause they’re close friends at this point, haha. I think social media is great if you’re looking to extend your audience outside of WordPress. Really depends on what you’re looking for at the end of the day.

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    1. Okay, I see what you mean. This publicize button sounds fairly easy then. I was a little confused on FB as to whether or not you HAD to have a personal account first before doing the fan page. I was looking at it and FB said you had to log in. This is all new to me so, I’m just trying to figure it all out. Thank you, Nel, for taking the time to respond. πŸ˜‰

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      1. Nel

        Well to make a fan page, you do have to have a Facebook account. But you can set your personal page to the highest level of privacy if you want to. For example, my mom works for the government. Nobody can just find her Facebook. The only way for people to see her is if she invites them. So you definitely have options. On Twitter, it doesn’t matter. You just need an email and you can make whatever page you want.

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  5. I have a Facebook and Twitter page, and of course my Goodreads page. I use all three to draw traffic to my blog, but the most handy is definitely twitter. It makes connecting with followers and finding new ones so much easier. I think I started gaining a few followers every day once my Twitter account really started getting recognition and followers of its own.

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      1. It’s as time intensive as you want it to be. I have my blog connected to my twitter and facebook, so every new blog post I publish gets shared automatically to those platforms. But I also pay it forward and share other bloggers posts regularly to Twitter via the share button. It helps build a connection to other bloggers and they typically will reciprocate the gesture.

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  6. Thanks, Bentley. So it’s like reblogging basically. I didn’t even realize that option was available for Twitter as well. Thanks so much for helping me understand social media a little more! I truly appreciate it. πŸ™‚

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  7. It’s not easy to manage twitter, facebook, wordpress, instagram, and snapchat all at once. I think it’s nice when bloggers pick one or two. that way you’re not getting the same information over and over again. this way, you can feel more connected BUT not overwhelmed.

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    1. Thanks, Jess. I was thinking about just trying Twitter to see if it might help. I like entering giveaways and there are always more points for Twitter too! Thanks so much for commenting with your opinions. It helps so much! πŸ˜‰ I’ll give it a go.

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  8. I use Facebook for personal stuff. When it comes to the blog I post review links on Facebook and Twitter, but that’s about it. Don’t have time to use Twitter and it’s hard to keep up with posts on there because people flood their feeds with tons of comments.

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    1. I see, would you not recommend Twitter? Using the publicize button seems so easy. I suppose you still have to log in to the accounts frequently though. I thought I’d try one or the other and see how it goes. πŸ™‚ Thanks for your help!

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      1. You can just use it to advertise your posts, but if you don’t take the time to use the platform you won’t build a following. Most of the followers I have on Twitter are readers who already follow me on WordPress or people who follow me so I follow them back. I’m not sure how many genuine new subscribers I have gotten from using Twitter.

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  9. Fictionophile

    Utilizing social media is very time intensive, but some would argue worth it. For instance eighteen months ago I had less than 100 followers on my blog. I joined Twitter. Now I have over 1700 blog followers. Twitter has been very beneficial to me. I also use Pinterest and Tumblr, but not as much as Twitter. I rarely, if ever, use Facebook in connection with my blog. My Facebook is more a personal account and I’m sure my friends and family would soon tire of my posting blog-related things there.

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    1. Thanks, Lynne. That’s so helpful! I’ve finally joined Twitter but have a long way to go to find followers, lol. I hope that it helps in the long run. Thanks for sharing and helping me out. ❀

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