There is a lot of chatter at the moment around how bloggers use their social media and self promotion in general. I think even outside the blogging community Social Media has a lot of controversy surrounding it, due to the kind of content people share and the amount of time people spend on these sites. We are the Social Media generation and I think it’s a really important element of blogging so I thought I would discuss my thoughts with you.
The big wide world of Social Media is great for getting your blog out there. There are many platforms and various ways of using them to attract attention and traffic to your blog. The impression I get is that opinions are totally split down the middle, especially when it comes to the topics of scheduling tweets/posts and also Instagram ‘themes’.
In my opinion there is nothing wrong with scheduling. I regularly schedule blog posts, but I don’t tend to schedule anything that I post on my social media unless I know I’m not going to have the chance to post it at that time e.g. if I’m on holiday. So I can understand why people would like the idea of scheduling tweets etc. But what I don’t like is people who schedule a shed load (e.g. 10+ tweets) per day, all promoting the same post, and in between these tweets there is nothing to break it up or no interaction with others. Of course this is just my opinion, but I do believe that self promotion is something that should be done in moderation.
Something else which has been bothering me a little is the debate surrounding Instagram, and ‘themed’ accounts. I am a huge fan of Instagram, I have been using it for around 4 years now before I even had an inkling about setting up a blog. I love using it to share my photos, but I also enjoy using Instagram as a platform for finding inspiration. I must admit aesthetically I do enjoy themed accounts, but when it comes to my own account I’ve really struggled with this. I think it is good to have a loose theme for your account, but it’s important to remember life doesn’t always fit into that theme.
I’ve always found that Instagram has been the hardest social media platform to increase my following on, which can be a little frustrating at times. For me, my Instagram isn’t just for my blog but it’s almost like a photo diary of my life. I will continue to post my everyday life, my travels and blogging content without feeling the pressure to conform. I’ve also found recently the less I worry and think about it too much, the better my account becomes.
I know this is a very different post for me but it’s something I’ve been wanting to talk about for a while now. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic – What forms of social media do you use? What are your thoughts on themed Instagram accounts?
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