About a month ago, I met with a ‘blogging expert.’ I’ve really enjoyed the last 9 months of taking this blog more seriously, which to me meant posting and commenting regularly. So I thought I’d check in to make sure I wasn’t making any terribly dumb mistakes. I’ve absolutely loved getting more readers, and more importantly, such fabulous interactions and comments from my ‘tribe’.
For you all feel like my tribe out there. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve deleted followers who suddenly appear, and have no perceived connection, input, profile pic, or even actual blog! I’m not interested in fake ‘numbers’ (and as an aside, my dear reader ‘T’ over at No Love for Fatties who started to check her own followers deleted over 100- we had a cyber laugh about that!)
JOINING MORE SOCIAL MEDIA-
Anyway, along with 10 scrawled pages of tips and hints (which cost me $120/hr, half of which I can’t decipher now), I was told I HAD to join Twitter and Pinterest, to increase my reach.
OK. Done. Even though I have vehemently resisted Twitter up till now- who wants to be tweeted at all day long??
Now it’s 4 weeks later, and today I decided to delete Pinterest. It’s cute, looking at all those incredible images, and yes, I could scroll all day, sighing at all the beautifully framed, artistically-focused shots, but I’m not reading or writing am I? Newsflash: I don’t want to be a photographer. D’oh.
I need to prioritise my screen time, and pretty pictures aren’t making the cut.
My jury is still out on Twitter though. I hated it for a week, till I started following some funny feminists, a few musicians, a couple of comedians and politicians [same thing?], and a partridge in a pear tree, then got re-tweeted by Brian at Bonnywood Manor which was such a thrilling surprise (his posts about cat Scotch are hilarious- thanks Brian x).
So now I’m giving Twitter another month, and I’ll let you know what happens. You could come find me on there I guess: bone&silver @boneAndsilver . I have 4 followers hahaha. *sigh
USING MY SCREEN TIME WISELY, AND EFFECTIVELY-
Remember that post I did about 50 minutes of special hat-wearing on each task HERE? I’m still doing it quite often, and realised I don’t want to add more hats to my wardrobe. I enjoy my Instagram cap, and my Facebook beanie; the Twitter top hat gets another month, but Pinterest is gone, with not even a hat named after it.
I felt even more justified in my instinctive decision when I read of this social media experiment: 10 experienced bloggers spending 15 minutes a day for one month expanding their Pinterest profiles, with the aim of increasing traffic to their blog (full article HERE)
“But the question we were really trying to answer was: can Pinterest dramatically increase your blog’s traffic? And for most of us that participated, the answer is no.”
Disclaimer: I am NOT deriding Pinterest, nor those who love and use it. I’m just sharing my personal opinion and research. What do you think- is your experience similar or completely different? I’d love to hear it! Have I been hasty?
In gratitude for the discussions, G xO