Do You Promote Your Blog on Social Media?

Mental Health @ Home Blogging About Blogging: Blog promotion on social media

First off, there’s no rule that you have to promote your blog on social media, or be on social media at all for that matter.  However, I know many of us are, so why not chat about it?

I’m not all that big a big fan of social media, and if it wasn’t for blogging I wouldn’t be on it at all.  However, I do like my blog to have a presence online beyond just the reach of my website, so I have some social media accounts that are all mental health-focused.  I don’t have personal social media accounts because a) I don’t know people, and b) I don’t like people.

I’m also not a fan of self-promotion.  It’s not a confidence issue; it just feels like work.  Work that I’m not interested in and not particularly good at, yet work that fits with some of my goals, so I stumble along as best I can.

Twitter

I started my Twitter account pretty soon after I started my blog.  All of my blog posts get automatically posted to Twitter.  I don’t dislike Twitter, and I get to see a broader cross-section of the online mental health community, but I find it quite overwhelming in terms of the volume of information.  The amount of stuff that’s on there just seems endless.

I also don’t do much in terms of status update type tweets because my day to day life is pretty boring (by choice) and there isn’t really anything going on to talk about in a snappy little tweet.  It fascinates me how prolific some people are on Twitter, because I just don’t have that much to say.

Pinterest

My Pinterest account got started at around the same time has my Twitter account.  Pinterest is my favourite social media platform.  It’s very low-maintenance in that you’re really not interacting with other people directly in the same way you are on other platforms.  There’s no sense of needing to get “caught up” on other people’s pins.  It’s also possible to get a wide reach without having big follower numbers.  I get a pretty steady stream of traffic to my blog from Pinterest.

It’s a great way to collect info and ideas to refer back to later.  That’s been really useful for things like learning about SEO and social media marketing, because there’s no hunting around required – it’s all pinned to my boards!

LinkedIn

I started a LinkedIn account earlier this year that’s blogging/writing focused.  I don’t spend a lot of time on LinkedIn, but my biggest reason for creating a profile is that LinkedIn profiles show up really high in search engine results, and as an author I want to be visible.

WordPress lets you automatically share posts on LinkedIn, but I’ve disabled that because I think it’s a different audience there and I’m not sure that it’s the best fit for the majority of my posts.  Instead I share posts individually as appropriate.

Instagram

Instagram is the newest addition to my social media world.  I don’t use it every day, and I still only vaguely know how to use it (for instance, I don’t understand what Instagram stories are).

When I started the account I decided not to focus on blog promotion, because I didn’t want it to feel like an obligation.  Instead I use it to share positive stuff like guinea pig photos, nature pics, and quotes.  So if you want to see more guinea pig pics, that’s where they are.

Facebook

I had a Facebook account for a while when I first started blogging, but I just didn’t like Facebook, so I decided to call it quits.  Earlier this year I tried to start a new Facebook account because of a specific Facebook group I wanted to join, but Facebook decided I wasn’t a real human being and deactivated my account until I provided them with photo ID.  I figured that was a pretty good sign that I shouldn’t have Facebook in my life.

Interestingly enough, though, I still get traffic to my site from Facebook, presumably from other people sharing my posts.

Stats

Here’s a look at how many visitors I’ve had from different social media channels over the last month:

  • Pinterest: 437
  • Facebook: 306
  • Twitter: 83
  • LinkedIn: 10

I honestly don’t know where all these Facebook visitors are coming from.  WP stats don’t tell me, and from what I can tell Google Analytics will only show me the link to my site that was used, not where that link came from on Facebook.  Weird.

I could try to up my Twitter game, but at this point I just don’t care enough to put in the work.

I would be quite content to hang out on WordPress and never venture beyond it.  My social media feeds are very highly controlled so it’s not that I’m seeing things that are distressing, it’s just all very overwhelming.  Still, social media can help a blog grow faster, and I think if there is a business aspect to a blog social media becomes more important.

 

Do you use social media to promote your blog?  And if so, what are your key strategies and goals?

 

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61 thoughts on “Do You Promote Your Blog on Social Media?

  1. Paula Light says:

    My posts auto-tweet same as yours. I enjoy poking around on twitter ~ I follow my daughters and poets and otters and other nice stuff. I try to write poetry for the prompts there but usually don’t have enough time.

    I’ve been saying for years that Facebook sucks and more and more people are agreeing and leaving. I don’t miss it at all. My posts used to auto-update there, but my fb peeps would generally comment on fb, which drove me nuts. I deleted Instagram along with fb.

    I recently made a Pinterest, but haven’t done anything with it. I’m not sure how it would help me. Maybe I’ll post about that and ask…

  2. Hilary Tan says:

    I have Pinterest but don’t use it. I have Twitter but don’t use it, even though it auto-tweets new posts. I have FB but my account lies dormant collecting virtual dust. I also have an IG account which isn’t being used at this time due to mental health reasons. I have a LinkedIn account which also auto-posts new blog content, even though I hardly use LinkedIn itself.

  3. Michael A. Kuch says:

    No big appetite for social media platforms and loading my posts there. Though I dropped a post on my FB page once and I had the 2nd most hits ever. No big deal because I’m not well read or looking for exposure at the moment. I suppose if you’re published – or plan to be – they all have certain pros and cons. Way too many haters out there. LinkedIn has lost its credibility from its earliest days, i.e. people avoiding work or networking for new jobs. WP is a friendly, supportive and nurturing community.

  4. Meg says:

    Wow. I haven’t mastered most of those sites you listed! (Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Twitter…) You’re like a social media genius! I’m a huge FB user, but that’s after several failed attempts at using it, during which things went wrong because I was friends with all the wrong people. Right now, I’ve got it working for me. Sonya and I chat over there, and I like following Aunt Judy’s posts, because they’re always positive and uplifting. I have a few acquaintances from the contests on my friend list, and I can connect to my brother and Teri (well, separately, since they broke up, of course) through FB. I keep a very tight lid on who I follow and am friends with. If someone’s a friend of a friend, I’ll be friends with them, but I can’t handle people who post gross or offensive stuff. (Like, yeah, we get it–animals are being tortured. The graphics aren’t necessary!) Oh! Anyway, no, I don’t promote my blog, because of its semi-private nature! I think the answer would be different if my blog use had different motives! 🙂

  5. crushedcaramel says:

    I don’t want to go there. I have a bit of a bitter taste about social media after what happened when Jack and I were living together. But WP has been friendly, and I can keep my anonymity here.

  6. eirlysgwenllian says:

    I’m only on Twitter and quite like it, and my blog is connected to it so my posts are tweeted automatically. It doesn’t give me much traffic though because my account is protected, and because I don’t really write much there if at all. I sometimes tell myself I should but interacting with people on social media feels a bit overwhelming so in the end it hardly ever happens. I mostly use Twitter as an additional RSS feed to stay up to date with things and people that interest me. Other than that I have no social media. I used to be on Facebook years and years ago for a while, but was never active on there. It always felt so huge and overwhelming and pressuring to me, and I couldn’t figure out how to actually use it as accessibility of it for the blind wasn’t ideal so it was just super confusing. After a while I deleted my account and then made several trials after some time to get back to it again, just out of curiosity, but the last time it creeped me out suggesting me people that I might know, whom I knew and had no desire to keep in touch with anymore. It just makes a creepy and unfriendly impression on me so I don’t use it and wouldn’t even use it for the sole purpose of my blog. Funnily, I also get some traffic from Facebook, very little but almost every month, and my posts don’t seem to be shared often on social media overall, so that’s interesting.

    • ashleyleia says:

      I’ve also gotten creeped out by the people you know suggestions on Facebook, and wondered how Facebook could possibly know that I knew them. But I guess Facebook pretty much knows everything about everybody.

      • eirlysgwenllian says:

        Very possible! My guess was that it could be the IP address, and then I heard from someone that it’s based on phone number or email apparently, so they match you with people who have your phone number or email on their contact list, which is quite shitty as people have no influence over it. But then it doesn’t make sense in my case because I’ve changed both my email and phone number after I have disconnected from those people, so it must be a lot of sources. So intrusive.

  7. Egotheist says:

    Personally, I mostly use Facebook and Twitter. I’m not really fond of pictures and videos which makes Pinterest and Instagram pretty useless for me. But who knows, maybe that will change at some point.

  8. V says:

    I only really use Instagram and Twitter. I don’t have a personal facebook account so it got tedious trying to maintain a facebook account for my blog when I really didn’t want to be there. Funnily enough, I still get a lot of referrers in my stats from Facebook. 18 alone in the past week. I guess that means that people are sharing my posts to their facebook pages…?

    That’s a good point about the LinkedIn pages being high-ranking on google. I think if I ever identified myself on my blog, I’d probably connect it to my LinkedIn.

      • V says:

        When my stuff first got shared on Facebook it used to drive me crazy and I wanted to know who was sharing and see if people were leaving comments about my stuff on facebook about my posts that I would just never see.

        Then I kind of just… let it go and thought “You know what, that’s kind of cool that people are sharing my stuff to their facebook page. Somebody liked what i said enough to share it! I’m pretty lucky in that sense”

  9. Johnzelle Anderson says:

    “I don’t have personal social media accounts because a) I don’t know people, and b) I don’t like people.” I feel the same way about social media!!! I’m on fb to network with other therapists and to get referrals from them. I promote my blog content on Twitter in a conservative manner. Try tweetdeck.com. it makes Twitter a lot less overwhelming. I’ve tried all the other platforms and usually end up quitting them. Medium gets my site some traffic and so does my newsletter

  10. da-AL says:

    Great subject. I only have so many hours to my days… when I publish a new post, I’ll send it to various social media, but some I‘m rather half-hearted about

    For instance, twitter seems to send me only folks who want to sell stuff to me. Same for pinterest & insta. Since I’m hoping to find folks who enjoy reading books — novels to be precise — I tend to think facebook people trend a bit older & they’re more likely to want to do more than look at pictures…

  11. skinnyhobbit says:

    I’m an avid user of Facebook and Instagram. I use it to keep up with friends both online and offline.

    I love instagram in particular, where I’ve made many mutually supportive online friendships, and some have become offline friends as well.

    But I’ve zero desire for ALL my offline friends to know about my blog, so if I share posts, it’s to my private instagram account where fellow survivors-who-are-working-on-healing can read if they want. I never share to facebook.

  12. aguycalledbloke says:

    An excellent topic Ashley and post.

    I used to have this blog connected to Twitter but it just peed me off too much so l quit Twitter. it was connected to FB for a while, but the biggest issue is that each of these platforms have their own very unque follers and users and to sync everything right you have to spend quality time on each.

    I struggle with time here anyway, how l could balance FB, TWIT, IG and Pintie well lordy knows … although, next year l do have plans to start a feature that uses FB as a private group function, and that will carry on unless l can figure a way of utilising the feature properly in WP to incorporate the new feature – if l can then l’ll not bother because l really do detest FB.

    Lots of people receommend Pintie but l just cannot see how l could benefit from just yet, but l will investigate it properly next year 🙂

  13. Adrienne says:

    I have a Facebook page that’s a replica of my blog site. I have an equal amount of followers on each. My Facebook page it linked to my personal Facebook page so…..now all 700 of my Facebook friends know I have mental illnesses, and know about some of the crazy sh*t I’ve done. It’s a little embarrassing. But I was ready to come out of the closet. What’s interesting is that some of my biggest supporters on my Facebook page I hardly know. And some of my closest friends in real life don’t even follow my page! Go figure

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