On Writing: Social Media

SAMSUNGI’m participating in a Blogging 201 online workshop with WordPress. If you have a WordPress blog, these online workshops on Writing, Blogging, and Photography are free and truly valuable. I recommend trying one out and see if you like it.

The latest Blogging 201 prompt on Social Media was particularly helpful. I have Facebook and Twitter and Linked In, but I’d also heard about Pinterest and Instagram and had no idea whether they would be useful. I knew Pinterest had to do with photos, scrap-booking sorts of things, but that was about it. And that’s not what I do.

Here’s what Michelle W. at WordPress wrote and which I found very helpful:

Each network has different strengths. Facebook and Instagram are good for parenting, lifestyle, and personal blogs. Twitter is more technically-inclined and useful for pop culture and current events/political blogs, while Pinterest is great for blogs [with] lots of images, like food, fashion, and craft blogs. LinkedIn is ideal if you blog for business.

I did my research: Instagram is there to “share the world’s moments…” and seems to be more about photos than the kinds of blogging I do, and I have Facebook, so will pass on Instagram. But those of you who do photo blogs regularly might find it useful. A nice touch is the ability to fine tune your photos on the site rather than fiddling with them on another program and then uploading.

As a general rule, I don’t send my blog posts to Linked In. I have, however, taken advantage of the new feature in Linked In to write posts with a business/training focus with tips on writing. Those have had good readership.

As a general rule, I’ve also avoided sending blog posts to Twitter. However, from time to time I write a more current and politically focused post. Having the above information gives me permission, if you will, to post them on Twitter.

Many of us use Facebook and I appreciate seeing other writers’ posts there. An interesting tidbit I picked up from Jane Friedman: Helping Writers and Publishers Flourish in the Digital Age is that having a writer’s page on Facebook is less effective than allowing readers access to your personal blog. Readers want to know who the writer is and news of the writer’s life rather that simply what she/he is writing.

I’m sure there are differing ideas on this, but for me, that fits fine. In part, because I didn’t want another page to keep up with and in part because while I post photos from time to time and respond to family posts, I rarely to never post personal information.

Each writer or artist needs to find their own comfort level, but for me, what I have seems to cover my bases: Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, and a WordPress blog with several pages.

Hope the information helps you. Let me know what your ideas on the above are and whether you find a particular form of social media more helpful for your writing than others.

And keep writing!

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5 thoughts on “On Writing: Social Media

    1. You’re welcome! Ya know, I don’t really get Twitter either. I’m more of a long-winder than a twitter; however, I do from time to time write a post that might work there. Or not. I have a poet friend who Twitters everything. She gets short messages! Ergo. I haven’t found a way to be interesting. Don’t do fashion; don’t do food…although I did pick the last of the tomatoes before the freeze. 🙂

  1. Hi Janet, I’m participating in 201 as well. Your summary of today’s assignment has helped me get my head around it that bit more. Interesting comment about Facebook from Jane Friedman. I notice for myself that I don’t tend to bother with author Facebook pages and I’m an avid reader! And like you, I don’t want another page to keep up with. I do have a Twitter account and use it as often as FB these days. I’m still learning with Instagram – about to try to post a photo to that in a minute! Thanks for a helpful post!

    1. Thanks, Jill. Michelle Weber’s post helped me a lot too. Glad mine added to what she said. Keeping up with Social Media along with writing and working and living…well, it’s a lot. Some people do it really well. I look at Facebook nearly every day and comment on others’ posts, and occasionally post a photo, but most of my social maneuverings right now consists in either getting out to my garden and preparing it for winter or into the writing room and …well, writing. I did post one of my more political posts on Twitter, but don’t often post my blog there. Not sure about how that might work or if it would be useful. I still have to find a way to be interesting on Twitter! (or even life, for that matter!!). Thanks for the conversation.

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