Saturday, August 22, 2015

Social media and blogging: The PB&J of the internet

Confession time: I'm not the world's most knowledgeable social media user. In fact, I have been referred to as a bit of a fossil when it comes to my use and understanding of all the different electronic mediums.

While I was fairly quick to sign up for Facebook and have had a Twitter account for several years, I think it's safe to say that I have not exactly embraced either. Until recently, I used Facebook mostly as a meeting calendar and Twitter was solely reserved for local news updates.

As for Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn (I actually had to google how to spell this one), Periscope and all the others; I've only just scratched the surface in terms of understanding. I either still don't have an account or just set one up around the same time as starting to actively write this blog.

I'm a social guy and I use technology at the office every day, so why didn't I embrace even the most basic of the social media tools until recently?


Additional confession time: I'm not the world's most knowledgeable blogger. In fact I have been referred to as a bit late to the table when it comes to jumping on the blog bandwagon.

While I wrote a number of posts for my wife's old blog in 2012, I think it was safe to say that I didn't really embrace the whole blogging universe. Until recently, I would read a few race recaps every once in awhile and might click the odd share on Facebook, but didn't really see the appeal.

I like to write and pre-children, was a fairly vivacious reader of all kinds of literature, so why didn't I embrace blogging until recently?


Revelation time: Like a modern day Sherlock Holmes, my keenly honed mind has deduced the direct correlation between my blogging and my interest in social media.

Much like peanut butter and jam, I suspect I'm somewhat ambivalent to social media and blogging on their own. I'll have some peanut butter toast every now and again and smear a dollop of strawberry jam on an English muffin the odd morning, but wouldn't consider either my go to.

However, when I made the decision to start blogging, I also made the conscious decision to become active on social media. When I did so, something truly incredible occurred.

Like peanut butter and jelly, on their own, I merely tolerated social media and blogging, but together they make the most delicious sandwich on the internet. The richness of the intellectual stimulation of blogging is accented by the engagement with other bloggers and readers through social media. A perfect mixture.


Reflection time: Looking back, it's easy to see why I'd kept dipping my finger into the peanut butter jar of the blogging universe every once in a while. It's also fairly obvious why I'd occasionally ask the waitress of social media to bring me another packet of jam for my Facebook toast.

While okay with each on their own, individually blogging and social media just weren't appealing enough to become a staple of my every day electronic diet. But now that I've had a taste of them together, I'm going to be a lot like a typical 10 year old who insists on PB&J sandwiches every day for lunch and insist my blogging is mixed with a healthy dose of social media.


Social Media and blogging: The PB&J of the internet








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19 comments:

  1. I know I'm not making the most of social media. Perhaps when I'm rich, famous and a full time writer I can figure it all out.

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    1. Maybe when we're both famous blogging celebrities we can compare notes. :) Thanks for stopping by for a read.

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  2. I'm the same. Have no idea how to use social media really but to have a successful blog apparantly I NEED to be able to do this. While I've loved getting on the twitter band wagon and engaging with other bloggers as well as promoting my posts, at the end of the day I just like writing my blog and do so really for me. Of course it's always nice to know that others are reading my blog though. All 43 of them ;-)

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    1. I hear you Janine. I'm right there with you. I love writing the content right now and am just starting to explore some of the social media avenues. I'm truly fascinated with Twitter though. Thanks for reading.

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  3. Love the analogy here! You do need the different social medias as a blogger, and they do go together so well :) #bigfatlinky

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    1. Thanks. I'm really liking the engagement both on my blog and through social media but am struggling with some of the self-promotion. I guess it all comes with time.

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  4. Great post, and absolutely right - to do it "properly" (which I don't), you're supposed to put more effort into the promotion of your blog than in the actual writing. That said, I think if your stuff is good enough, all it takes is a few people to read it and share it.

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    1. Thanks Mike. I appreciate the support and have been enjoying your recent posts as well.

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  5. I am big into Facebook. It's my adult social interaction time. I only recently started blogging and I feel like I've been missing out all these years. More adult social interaction time! Yay!

    I love your analogy! You have a fun writing style. :)

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    1. Thanks Jamie. I always had a Facebook account but just couldn't get into the interaction portion. I tended to just lurk and read about others but since I've started blogging, I must admit, I'm enjoying it a lot more.

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  6. Like most of the known universe, I have been on Facebook for ages, but until recently social media and blogging were two things I ket entirely separate (actually my blog was private, reserved for me and a few close comrades). It's only in the last few weeks that I have started trying to promote my blog and the social media onslaught has been relentless. I've joined Twitter and am constantly wondering whether promoting my posts to my 150-odd followers (a mere drop in the ocean in the Twitter-verse, nay, a piece of plankton) is really going to get anyone to read them, or whether they will all just get sick of me and unfriend me, I'm not great at self-promotion so this is a part of blogging I really struggle with.

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    1. I know exactly what you mean and am struggling with some of that separation myself. I try not to share too much on my Facebook account and created a page instead to share everything. I figure the people who want to read can but those who aren't interested hopefully won't be bombarded. Twitter however, I shamelessly promote (to very limited success thus far but perhaps someday.) Thanks for reading.

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  7. Like most of the known universe, I have been on Facebook for ages, but until recently social media and blogging were two things I ket entirely separate (actually my blog was private, reserved for me and a few close comrades). It's only in the last few weeks that I have started trying to promote my blog and the social media onslaught has been relentless. I've joined Twitter and am constantly wondering whether promoting my posts to my 150-odd followers (a mere drop in the ocean in the Twitter-verse, nay, a piece of plankton) is really going to get anyone to read them, or whether they will all just get sick of me and unfriend me, I'm not great at self-promotion so this is a part of blogging I really struggle with.

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  8. I was exactly the same - prior to blogging, I only had a Facebook account. Now I have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Bloglovin and Klout! I love the comparison to peanut butter and jelly, sums it up perfectly :)
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes
    Debbie

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    1. Thanks Debbie and thanks for hosting as well.

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  9. Good for you! I agree, Social Media would not have meant much to me without the blog, now I love to see what others are up to, what's going on in their lives etc. What do normal people see in Social Media??? LOL

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    1. That's awesome. "What do normal people see in Social Media?" It's true though. Thanks for reading.

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  10. It's an interesting topic. One that ive been experimenting with this month. And although I haven't utilised it properly at times it definitely raise some more questions. I know I don't use it nearly enough. Thanks for linking up with us on the #bigfatlinky hope to see you there this week

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    1. Thanks Martyn. I've been a bit light on my blogging this week but am going to try and write a post today which I'll definitely link up. I've actually been experimenting with YouTube videos as part of a renovation project which I'm thinking I'd like to embed into the blog.

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