Blogging 201 – Today’s Assignment: pick one social network you’ll use to help grow your blog and connect it to your site. Then, outline a 30-day plan for how you’ll use it.
This probably a no-no in the blogging world, I’m writing after a few glasses of champagne with my sister, Martha and my niece Angela are celebrating a mile stone in my blogging adventure, I have 1001 followers. Crissa would be here too. but she’s just leaving work in Nashville. When I moved to Clarksville in January I had 300+. When I was edging in on 500 Martha bought a nice bottle of champagne to toast the aspired goal. I started participating in some great courses offered by Word Press and could see improvement on my stats. When I reached 500, I suggested we wait for something a little more substantial, 1000. This morning as we were leaving to pick up my new iPhone in Nashville, I told her I showed 994, She said, “We’ll be opening champagne tonight!”
Now on to the assignment…
My list for connecting to social networking sites is Twitter, Face Book, Press This, Google, Pinterest, Stumble Upon, In LinkedIn. I need to omit Stumble Upon, In LinkedIn and Pinterest because I’m not actively pursuing these sites. My posts show in Twitter and Face Book. I don’t get any hits with Twitter, but my Word Press Friends have pulled me into being more active and it’s been fun to have contact. I do get new followers, but to be blunt, I don’t have much interest in tweeting. I have a very few responses with my Face Book posts. Make a 30 day plan? Uh, I haven’t done that since I retired in 2006. Not to mention that I don’t have a clue how to beef up Face Book responses.
Honestly, I blog for my pleasure. I do want readers to share the joy of writing with me. I do want to meet fascinating people who are comfortable and that I can have conversations and play that is interesting. I have achieved that. I have Word Press friends meet me on comment to talk and enjoy shared experiences. Oh, you want examples. Here’s just a small sampling of a few; Colleen shared the name of a new wine that is so delicious; Ronovan helps me and my sister play with haiku poetry; Don gives me wonderful teaching on scriptures; Maria and Karen give me tours of the Gold Coast; Hugh keeps me laughing with his creative fiction; Kat and I share family experiences and the joy of music; and many more. I hope you forgive me if I don’t link addresses tonight. These are people I’ve come to respect and love. Numbers aren’t everything, connection is!
Don’t you love the proofreading on Word Press.