Bookish Chat : Too Much Social Media-ing!

March 22, 2014 Bookish chat 35

I know lately I have been spending too much time social media-ing and not enough time blogging.  My problem is I love social media.  Let me count the ways for you :

social media

 

I only recently started my Facebook page and it is my favourite form as I love the freedom it gives me to share kindle book bargains, other blog posts I love, silly pictures and even better I’m not restricted to 140 characters.  As far as I’m concerned it’s the perfect blend of visual and written communication BUT due to Facebook policy not many people see your post.

I love Twitter as I think this is the best place to chat to other book bloggers.  When you want to go somewhere where everybody knows your name, twitter is top choice!  And I know when I start to think in hashtags that I’ve been hanging there too much!

I love Pinterest as I’m very visual and always get inspired.  But I have been known to go off on tangents and get lost for hours pinning random things.  Recipes I’ll never make, exercise routines I’ll never follow, fab techniques for organising everything that I’ll never follow.  Check, check and check.  But for that one delicious second while pinning, it seems possible!

Goodreads.  Do I need to say anymore?  My main source for book reviews and checking what everyone else is reading.  I’ve already admitted I’m a full blown goodreaditis sufferer and all books have to be catalogued and updated while I’m reading them.  I only regret that I didn’t discover Goodreads earlier in my bookish life.

Buzzfeed – I love all the quizzes and the craziness.  When I need a laugh, this is a good place to start.

So it’s safe to say I’m fan of social media sites and do the rounds fairly frequently.  Which is fun but it does mean my blog gets neglected as when I’m doing all that I’m not reviewing and I’m not preparing posts.  And I don’t want that happen.   But the thing is I’m not visiting all these sites to promote my blog (but I do that too), I’m visiting them because I enjoy them.

At one stage I was even thinking of closing the blog and just using my facebook page to share all my bookish feels.  But the part of blogging that I love is commenting and chatting and I know that would more or less disappear.  I think what I need to do is discipline myself more!  Blog first, then play!  Which makes it sound like blogging is a chore for me and it’s far from that but these social media sites just suck up my time and I need to limit that.

Bookish Chat : Do you spend much time on Social Media?  How do you balance it out with blogging?  What’s your favourite site?

 

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35 Responses to “Bookish Chat : Too Much Social Media-ing!”

  1. Charleen

    I just started on Google+ which I use pretty much like you describe Facebook (or at least I plan to… I haven’t been super active on it yet). I’m just sick of Facebook’s games. I hated it from a follower perspective, and I feel like it’s not worth the effort from a “brand” perspective. (Especially since I just heard their reducing the reach percentage AGAIN…)
    Charleen recently posted…Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts – #14

    • trish

      I don’t think I ever got the hang of google+. I do add my blog posts there sometimes as I’ve heard it helps with SEO. But I don’t interact with anyone there, I don’t even know how to. If it works in the way you plan to use it, you should do a post on it.
      And FB is awful from a brand perspective but I love the format of it and how easy it is to chat and comment.

  2. Stormy

    I definitely feel the struggle of social media vs blogging! I enjoy social media, but it’s hard to find a balance. I’ve been thinking of streamlining some of my social media channels in the future. I’m considering giving up on my Facebook blog page because I’m not great at using it and Facebook’s algorithm makes me CRAZY. Seriously crazy. I think I’m going to give myself two more months to try & see if I want to get my Facebook page together & if not, then bye-bye it goes. Lately I’ve been experimenting with Tumblr, but I still don’t think I have a good grasp on it.
    Stormy recently posted…Book Review: The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

    • trish

      Facebook’s algorithm is shooting itself in the foot I think. It doesn’t matter how easy it is to use if no one sees your posts. I’m afraid to try tumblr as I have a feeling that I would love it and I don’t need anymore social media sites in my life!

  3. Lola

    I love social media as well, although I am a bit of a lurker sometimes. I do spend a lot of time on social media, but actually don’t post as much. On twitter I often try to schedule tweets, as else I often forget to tweet about a blog post more than once. I love twitter, Pinterest and Goodreads! I used to be a big fan of facebook, but after some of their recent changes I am liking it less. For pages it is difficult to get seen and I usually only post on facebook with my pages and very little on my personal fb account. I spend time on social media both because I enjoy it and also a lot to promote my blog and blog posts.
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    • trish

      I lurk as well sometimes! I spend so much time on social media because I love it but yes like you I also use it to promote. I have my tweets scheduled too which is great as then I don’t have to worry about that.

    • trish

      I think I’ve spent more time lately on social media and less time interacting on my blog and on other blogs. I’m trying to find some middle ground but it’s not easy!

  4. anna@herding cats & burning soup

    Ahhh social media. My big ones are Facebook and Pinterest. I can lose so much time over on Pinterest. lol And FB is my main time suck for the blog. I’m there constantly but love it and have a great time over there even with their annoying changes now and again. I definitely wouldn’t enjoy blogging nearly as much without the FB page.
    anna@herding cats & burning soup recently posted…Mini Reviews– [Down and Dirty by Christine Bell] & [Baking Love by Lauren Boyd]

    • trish

      I love FB too as it’s so easy to interact on there and you don’t need to worry about the number of characters. It’s a pity that their changes mean so few page views though.

  5. Peggy @ The Pegster Reads

    I find it all a bit overwhelming at times to be honest. I love blogging, love chatting about books and reading other people’s blogs and reviews. I only got Goodreads, Twitter and FB. Yes, I do post review updates on Twitter, but don’t do much else on there… I think I probably don’t use it the way I should? Goodreads – pretty much as a record of my books and for the groups. FB – mainly for friends/colleagues/family in other parts of the world and not so much related to my blog, though recently I have ‘liked’ a lot of authors etc and it’s nice to get their updates. I haven’t even got Pinterest…. arrgh where can I find the time 🙂
    Peggy @ The Pegster Reads recently posted…Which of these 100 books did you read?

    • trish

      I think the best thing to do is find one or two that you love. I don’t interact much on Goodreads but I love it. And I think twitter is the best place to chat to book bloggers. I just tend to follow those whose blog I follow and then just jump in when you see a topic you like! It feels awkward at first but it’s a great way of getting to know people. And it’s fun to follow authors tweets as well.

  6. Karen

    I love Twitter just because it feels instant and spontaneous. I find out about books, events and deals that way. It’s also my biggest time suck!

    I’ve tried to start using Facebook more so that I can share music and books I’m reading that I don’t want to review or write a whole post about.

    I also thought of quitting my blog and switching to tumblr. It seems easier somehow. Less formatting I guess but I worked so hard on my blog and I don’t want to start over.

    I only add books on GR so I don’t spend too much time there.

    I think I have a good balance but I always wonder which ones are worth bothering with. I just want to stick with formats that encourage conversation and fun. Not use them as ways to get more blog hits.
    Karen recently posted…Impromptu break…

    • trish

      Exactly Karen, I don’t want to use them just for blog hits either as otherwise it’s just a chore. So I experimented with them all to see which ones I preferred and found I loved them all! I have to cut it back though as it’s too much of a time suck for me right now.
      I’m afraid to use tumblr as I have a gut feeling, I’d love that too!

  7. Cayce

    Twitter! I love Twitter. And Goodreads, of course 🙂 But I (sadly) can’t say that I spend too time on either. “closing the blog and just using my facebook page” Noo, don’t do that. (I’m kinda anti-Facebook)
    Cayce recently posted…[LGBT Month] 10 days and counting!

    • trish

      LOL, don’t worry you are stuck with me! Even though I did think seriously about moving to FB, I love my own little space on the net too much to close it down.

  8. Angie

    I have to admit… lately I have been LOVING some instagram. I found some book bloggers on there and now I am in love. I used to really only use it for my personal life but find that book stuff in pictures is great.. it’s the perfect way to pass time in a line or in the car, wherever!
    Angie recently posted…Project Disney- The Lion King

    • trish

      Instagram, hmmhhh, I’ve never really tried that one and don’t know much about it at all. Sounds like fun though! And I agree social media is great for passing time while queuing or anything like that.

    • trish

      If I could only choose one, it would be GR. I seriously couldn’t read without it anymore! And twitter is good fun as there is always something interesting to catch my eye. I love seeing what authors tweet too and on top of that I find out about book bargains. Win win!

  9. Nuzaifa @ Say It with Books

    And then you have Instagram and Tumblr! My top faves would have to be Goodreads and Twitter of course.
    “Recipes I’ll never make, exercise routines I’ll never follow, fab techniques for organising everything that I’ll never follow.”
    Ah you’ve hit the nail on the head, Trish! Like Stormy, I’m considering giving up on Facebook but for some reason I’m holding out hope that they’ll undo whatever they’ve done to hide posts from the newfeed. 🙁
    And yes Buzzfeed quizzes-I could spend hours on that site!
    Nuzaifa @ Say It with Books recently posted…Mini-Reviews: Titanic in Space and Gargoyles in Paris

    • trish

      I’ve never tried Instagram or Tumblr and don’t plan to as I can’t allow any more time sucks into my life! I love FB, even with the low page views and their stupid changes. But GR and Twitter rule 🙂

  10. Ana @ Read Me Away

    I definitely spend a lot of time on social networks, mostly for my own enjoyment. 😛 I think the only real social media site I use for my blog is Twitter, but I also really like chatting to people on it too!

    How do I balance? Well, every time I don’t feel like writing up posts anymore, I just shoot over to a fun site to relax. 😀 It helps me refresh!
    Ana @ Read Me Away recently posted…Review 24: Chime (Franny Billingsley)

    • trish

      I’m the same Ana, I love twitter and not just to tweet links back to my blog, I love chatting on it too. And finding out the latest book blogger gossip/drama! And those book bargains too!

    • trish

      Twitter is THE place for book bloggers. I love it too and it’s the number one driver of traffic to my blog so win, win.

  11. Kelly

    I’ve got a Pinterest account, but it’s mostly for the occasional click-through I might get when someone pins one of my photos. Same with Facebook – everything I do is auto-posted there; I haven’t looked at it in ages!

    I do love Twitter though! I find I’m on there when I’m at work or when I need a break from reading. When I’m doing blogging things, I’m not allowed on Twitter or I wouldn’t get anything done! Haha
    Kelly recently posted…Life of a Blogger

    • trish

      Good plan, I need to ban myself from all sites until I get my blog stuff done. Otherwise my free time disappears down a big black hole :O

    • trish

      I know you are travelling a lot so hopefully it’s a good chaotic! Social media won’t turn you away for being MIA so you know where to find me when life calms down 🙂

  12. Katherine

    I think my favorite is either Goodreads or Twitter. I am on both constantly and I think they are a really good way to discover books and authors!
    Katherine recently posted…March Wrap Up

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