Blogging Tips for Busy Bloggers
- Where’s the best place to spend my time?
- How long is long enough to have an impact?
- What’s my strategy for long term effectiveness with each network?
- How do I avoid over-burdening my conversational channels with too much “read my latest blog post” requests?
Given that I can’t be everywhere at once, I decided to sort out my priorities and give myself guidelines to follow for my social media marketing.
Take Facebook, as a place to start
Just before Thanksgiving in 2009, I wrote a blog post about 10 of the funniest Facebook fan pages that I had found and included 10 titles of pages that I might like to start. Because the post received a flurry of views, I decided to start the pages anyway to see what would happen.
Well, nothing happened. I didn’t have time to notice what anyone was saying on any of these 10 new pages.
The original post is still receiving visits (over 30,000 views so far), but I rarely visit any of those 10 fan pages.
The second issue I’m noticing is that people I don’t know want to join my personal Facebook page.
I let a few “strangers” join.
Within a couple of days, I noticed that my voice had changed. I worried about whether what I was saying was “ok” to share with people I didn’t know well. That feeling lasted and kept me away from Facebook for several weeks.
Thirdly, there is the technology issue of where and how I make status reports. I liked my original plan of opening Facebook and scrolling down through my friends posts, making comments.
Now, I have two different methods to keep in touch (Hootsuite and Facebook on my iphone). I tried using them again this week – they’re fine. Just different somehow. Probably, the more I use them, the more I’ll like them.
1. I’ll just keep my eye on those 10 pages I started. They were just for fun anyway. I have two fan pages that I do keep better track of:
One is my That Girl is Funny! facebook fan page. On this page, I intend to list my new blog posts and to respond to comments. I don’t intend to start any conversations on this page because I don’t check it enough.
The other is my fan page entitled, Online, if a button says submit, I won’t tap it…am I watching too much UFC? On this page, I’ll list my new mixed martial arts related posts and respond to any comments.
Having them in the mix will change how I share with everyone. At this point, I just have to suck it up and get used to it. I feel rude letting everyone pile up on the list. Plus, now that I’m considering adding all of them, I feel the need to apologize to the ones I’ve already deleted (oops).
3. Making status reports from my phone or hootsuite: I just have to suck it up and get used to it.
Probably in a week or two, this will be a non-issue. By not using the technology, I’m missing out on chatting and keeping up with my old friends and getting to know my “new” ones.
Isn’t change marvelous?
Once I get things organized, I prefer that things stay the same way for awhile. Well, “not bloody likely, mate” as we say over in England. Technology changes overnight in the blogosphere.
That means I just have to suck it up and get used to it!
In the meantime, I created a short video to help those of you who want to keep track of me on my different pages and on twitter @thatgirlisfunny.
how to connect with thatgirlisfunny on Facebook, twitter and my blog
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- What situations are you running into with trying to keep up with your social media commitments?
- How do you manage your time?
- What changes have you made recently to be more effective with your social media efforts?