Social media platforms can be both time demanding and a bit scary (will people like the writer behind the blog?) but they can also be very rewarding (I get a thrill every time someone comments on a status update).
A year in review: Social Media My Freshmen Year
1. Start Slowly:
I started a Facebook page for Snail Pace Transformations almost right away because I have had a personal account for years and felt comfortable there.
I didn’t use another source of social media for many more months and there are still others I have not yet touched.
2. You Don’t Have To Be Everywhere:
It can be overwhelming if you try to be everywhere at once while learning the ins and out of blogging.
Take a moment to write down all the social media sites you wish to join, and then make up a plan to get to know the ins and outs of one before adding another.
For instance, I joined Facebook right away, but left Pinterest until around March of my freshman year. I didn’t start using Google+ until December and I started Twitter in January of my sophomore year.
3. Decide How You Want To Use Each Platform
I am most personal on my Facebook page sharing pictures and daily happenings. I try to add one personal status update per day.
I spend an hour each weekend pinning and reorganizing my Pinterest boards. I am constantly creating new boards as needed to make my Pinterest space a wealth of knowledge for mom’s looking for further tips on frugality, food, homeschooling, earning money from home , fitness and other topics I talk about here on the blog.
I currently use Twitter to attend Twitter parties with other bloggers, hoping to form blogging friendships. I also share post updates, and am trying to tweet one personal status a day.
As for Google+ I only share new posts updates.
4. Read, Read Read
5. Use A Timer
Social media sites can be big time drains if one does not set firm time guidelines for usage.
I allow myself so much time on each platform and I stick to those times by using a timer to keep track.
6. It Is Called Social For a Reason
It is quick and simple to send your new posts to social media platforms, however what I learned my freshman year is people who follow you want more than status updates they want to get to know you.
Sharing your quirks, your successes, and your failures will give you an authentic social media following that will cheer you on.Pin It