It’s Friday! Did everyone have a wonderful 4th of July? How did you celebrate? I did this:
It was awesome.
I also managed to get a blog post up. I was pretty proud of myself because I’ve been trying to post content more consistently. It’s all part of my mid-year resolution. I’m trying to be a better blogger, so I’ve identified the ways that I suck and I’m trying to fix them. You can read more about it here, here, and here. This is the last resolution in the series, but I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated as I nail down more things that I need to improve upon. I’m confident this will not be the last thing I identify and attempt to adjust, but here it is…
Resolution #5: Be Social!
Remember how I talked about speaking up in regards to commenting a few days ago? Well, the comments section isn’t the only place I need to show up. I need to learn how to use social media more effectively.
Social media can be a great tool for bloggers. The trouble is, I’m not entirely comfortable with social media, especially when it comes to making new friends. Facebook? With people I know in real life? Bring it on. But using social media to create new connections brings back bad memories of the creepy dudes on Myspace and AOL chatrooms. I know, I know, it’s not the same, but I’m having a hard time shaking the mental connections.
It’s likely because I’m not entirely comfortable with certain types of social media yet. I’m still very new to Instagram and Twitter, so I’m still figuring out how they work. I’ve got Pinterest down to an art; I love that shit. And I bet in time, with a little more practice, I’ll be more comfortable with Instagram and Twitter too. I just need to spend time using them, like I did with Facebook and Pinterest.
I’m also not comfortable with it because I’m not totally sure where the TMI line is. I mean, I think I know, but I question it. At what point am I over-sharing? I think I hold back for fear of sharing too much, but I end up not being “present” enough online. (See what I mean? I think too much.) I just don’t want people to think of me when they see this:
Honestly, I think my lack of social media use is because I’m not comfortable with it. But, since I will gain confidence as I use it more and more, I really just need to dive in. So, that’s what I’m doing. I’m going to use my Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter accounts regularly. I will use them to connect with other bloggers, the same way I use commenting to connect. I will share more, but not too much. For example, I won’t upload photos of every.single.thing. that I eat, but I will share awesome meals. Stuff like that.
How do you use social media to connect with other bloggers? Which types of social media are you most comfortable with? Any tips for how I can use social media to improve my blog?