Is Your Blog Wrapped in Social Media?

The more blogs I visit and the more WP themes I explore, it seems that bloggers are tending to be more and more engaged with a host of social media platforms from Facebook to Twitter to … goodness knows what.

I’ve taken quite a step back from all social media platforms over the last year or so. I’m still on Twitter and I’ve set my posts to go up there but as I don’t engage with Twitter for anymore than about 5 minutes per week, I’m not fully at ease with having my posts going up there.

All this has made me wonder to what extent people see blogging as a stand alone activity or as something that is almost inextricably linked to a range of social media platforms.

I see blogging as being qualitatively different to other social media platforms and I like the intimacy of it ~ or the sense of intimacy.

Somehow, other social media platforms make me feel headachy with all the traffic racing by. I want peace and quiet and not to feel like I’m standing in the middle of a big city at rush hour.

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Where are you about putting your blog out there on FB, Twitter and the like? 

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and I love to write both non-fiction and poetry.

39 thoughts on “Is Your Blog Wrapped in Social Media?”

  1. There are different kinds of blogs really. Personal diary style blogs like yours seem to have been the original style, then they went political and people began to see many uses for them. My blogs are linked to social media because they are monetized in some way. I am an Amazon affiliate, and I like to share books I love and once in a while a product that I would recommend anyway. That way, if someone buys a book I love and recommend, I get a very very small commission. Can’t say I’ve made much money though. When I was doing more freelance writing/editing/marketing/web work, I wrote blog posts that would help establish my expertise and linked them back to my website. They served as business newsletters. Those were always shared on social media. I have a family history blog, and I share it on FB so other family members know when it is updated. Coming from a large family, I have gotten to know more about many distant family members because of this.

    Sandy Penny, WritingMuse.comFounder, SweetMysteryBooks.com

    Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 00:27:05 +0000 To: sandypenny@live.com

  2. I just belong to sites that I am interested in, two are knitting, one is grandparents, aarp (games) and this one. I just make comments or show my knitted work. One is a guessing what the design is on washcloths that I knit. I too don’t like all the fast pace blogging..I want to enjoy what I’m reading and what I comment on.

  3. Nope, don’t Tweet my blog or Facebook my blog. Not even on FB any more–just got way too invasive. I see blogging as standalone and see it more as sharing essays or thoughts of interest to like minded readers, and at a deeper level than either Facebook or Twitter. I tend to think those who use FB or T want less depth of information or involvement with their virtual relationships–I mean 140 characters, right? But on a different take, see my experience recently with analyzing blogs, and tell me what your take on my take is.
    http://suzassippi.blogspot.com/2016/02/analyzing-blogs-what-will-it-say-about.html

    1. Suz, thanks for such an intetesting link. Sounds like we have more in common than I realised – old style qualitative analysis!
      I can more than understand your unease. Being categorised and not being seen as the individuals we are is very hard to take ( and to undertake.)

  4. I have it on facebook and twitter which I use rarely for my poetry. It is there and I don’t really do anything with it. I find twitter competitive and I’ll tweet you if you tweet me. On wordpress I feel some people follow and like you without reading and some just like everything in site and when it shows up in my email the time is almost all the same and then one minute apart I think just to get a follow from you. It is an interesting subject this blogging.

      1. Yes it really has its positive side to it meeting people and interacting with people all over the world. I didn’t mean to put a negative spin on it it was just a friend and I were commenting on what people do on wordpress. All in all it is pretty postive.

  5. From time to time, I’ll post a link to a blog on Bookface, Lank’dEnd, or Twootr. This tends to get some international traffic, but the real purpose of my blogging is that…sometimes I just can’t help it. For those who have an integrated business plan, I understand. Neither FB LI,Twtr, or blogging has really generated any work for me. My work comes from referrals, and an occasional landing on my website. The rest of the social media is just for the fun of it, when I’m distracted from making wine, ale, smoking cigars, and barking at the moon. Rock on chilluns, rock on! (insert smiley face here)

  6. Hi Jean, I see my blog as mine and mine alone . Separate from Facebook which I do use but I am not keen on, I have never even attempted twitter!
    No This is for me and the special friends that I have made here. It is the only place I can be me and feel safe. Touchwood it stays that way! No I don’t hanker for a busy rush hour with flashes of madness and despair dashing by. Life is difficult enough my blog is my safe house! xxxx

  7. I agree with @ SandyPenny. There are different uses for blogs and social media. It depends on what kind of readership you are trying to build or if you are even trying to build a readership. Social Media keeps expanding and changing. When I began on Twitter is was strictly social — Hey, what’s happening in 140 characters are less. Commerce picks it up and it changes. The social aspect quickly disappears. And I’m not against doing social media commerce if it is not the only thing you are going with your social media account. I try to do a rule of three, because I cannot keep up with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Periscope, Pinterest, etc. The Facebook page lays idle. I have no love for Facebook. Twitter is quiet most of the time, except my blog automatically gets posted there. I really enjoy Instagram, but commerce is figuring out how to use that as well. I repeat. I have no objection to that. It’s a matter of degree. People need to make a living in whatever way they can. I have a Pinterest account that I have not activated at this time. It’s in a holding pattern. And right now I just throw my hands up in the air where Snapchat and Periscope are concerned. I don’t have that kind of time. LOL I know. This comment is too long. Sorry, Jean!

  8. It is a great question for discussion. I feel that if I wanted to socialise universally, I should have started at the very beginning of my blog. I prefer to stay off most social media and only stay within a confined space. I don’t think I need to be all the way out there as yet. Also, it would make me really busy to be in several places at the same time. Best wishes for your projects.

  9. This is a huge post, Jean, and I reckon you could write 20 on this subject (before we even get to people who follow and like blogs without ever reading them). I never used social media until I started blogging, even though I had open accounts lying idle. The blog is linked to social media for sharing purposes, because nobody writes a blog without wanting at least some people to read it, and social media is the main way to publicise. Having said that, I’d say only about 10 people on Facebook and 2 on Twitter read my blog purely through direct links from those 2 platforms. Other people’s social media, on the other hand… that’s where the big guns come in. Any posts which went viral were by a large margin due to people I don’t even know sharing them on Facebook, and to a lesser extent Twitter.

    I absolutely hated Facebook, and all the narcissism which came with it, until I started using it more as a true news feed by unfollowing all the ‘look at what I’m doing in this selfie lol xx’ people, and leaving only news sites, special interest aggregators to do with books etc., and ordinary folk who post not so much about themselves as what they find interesting. Now I find it hugely useful and at times, even entertaining.

    1. Hi Tara, thanks for such a thought-provoking response. You nearly have me convinced to give FB another twirl but I wonder if it’s better for people who are more niche-oriented than I am. I can see how it could work with writing/books in the way you describe but what about an all over the place kind of blog that crosses bridges of all descriptions like this one?
      As for Following and Liking Blogs without even reading them …. yes, interesting activities ~ presumably aimed at gaining followers/hits?

      1. I reckon that liking or following blogs without ever reading them – or even intending to read them – is an entirely cynical exercise from people who just want to get hits on their own site. It’s a dead giveaway if I publish a wordy post and I get a like within 30 seconds from someone who couldn’t possibly have read it in that time. But from what I see in the blogosphere, punters are divided on whether or not this is polite, or cynical.

        As for Facebook and Twitter, I don’t think niches matter. None of us are interested in only one thing. My feeling is that social media is grand for publicising your own posts, but what makes it really useful is how it acts as a content aggregator: you can curate your own content, or follow other people who you think do a good job of curating what interests you. It might take a little time to hone this, and eliminate the selfie brigade, but once you do, it’s worth it. I would have missed so many great articles and videos if they hadn’t been shared by people I’m connected with – that’s why they’re always in my news feed. And I follow your blog because I like how you look at things, which is more than enough of a unifying theme for me – be that the sea, the dog, a memory, or poetry… I find your posts thought-provoking, and a nice reflection to slow down the madness of my day.
        Good grief, this was long-winded (maybe a good reason why people click ‘like’ without reading one of my posts!)

        1. Tara, if you’re ever looking for a job as a publicist for blogs, I’ll give you a glowing reference!
          Sounds like I should m a y b e give it another go but with your guidelines in mind. BUT, having said that, there is the issue of how much it reallllly matters to me to have zillions or even just a few more people reading what I write. I’m beginning to think I write mainly for me and anyone who wants to come on board is more than welcome.

  10. At the moment I feel kind of stressed out by social media. I have Facebook and Instagram (and my blog) and I’m trying to take it for what it is… I’m trying to catch up on blogs here on WP. 🙂

      1. The blogging isn’t the most stressful thing, Facebook and Instagram is… But I’m working on it. 🙂 I need some peace and quiet, but I’m trying to be more active on WordPress though.

  11. You want it or not, but some people find your blog through a search engine anyway, and possibly read it. Like people who are looking up ‘Tramore’. If you post your link on Twitter, possibility of having a boost in your traffic is still very slim, but a few more people might have a look. Tags and hashtags increase the traffic, and also posting your images on Pinterest and Instagram ( with the said hashtags). I don’t put too much effort in such advertising because of the lack of time. My FB account is private – I am trying to keep balance between privacy and disclosure.

    1. Inese, yes that balance between privacy and disclosure is hard to find, yet key.
      I don’t know that I care enough how many people read what I write. I don’t want to have to spend ages on a whole host of SM platforms when I could be out at the beach!

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