When I first started my indie author journey, I had a very rocky relationship with social media. In truth, I didn’t like it or understand it. But over the last few years, I have stuck with it, worked hard at it, and yes, even grown to enjoy it. However, I do still feel like I am not quite getting it right. I’d say I am definitely most comfortable on Facebook, still don’t understand Twitter, and really need to learn how to better utilise the ones I enjoy such as Instagram and Pinterest. Sometimes I feel like I have no idea what I am doing! Here is a list of things I currently and consistently fail at;
- What to add when I Tweet. I see other people write some brilliant tweets. I know you’re meant to ask a question or come at it from another angle, not just retweet the post without comment, but all to often I click share to Twitter and then sit there for ages thinking what can I say about this? Great post? I really liked this article? Great tips here? Read this? And then I give up because life is passing me by and I just hit Tweet.
- Remembering what hashtags to use. I really should list them and stick them on my wall. I remember #amwriting but that’s about it! And I know you shouldn’t go over crazy on hashtags anyway, but again, how many to use? How many are too many? Which ones are the most useful or relevant? Sometimes I have a moment of clarity but mostly I pick a few boring ones and hit share feeling like a total Twitter loser.
- Twitter in general. I really want to like Twitter and get more out of it. Every now and then I do make a conscious effort to play the game right. I do understand that like with all social media sites you’ve got to give, in order to expect anything back and you’ve got to build relationships not just tweet but never comment, share or engage in return. I get it. I just don’t have time for it. It’s more fun on Facebook for some reason so I find myself retreating there.
- Making memes. Some writers/bloggers are soooooo good at this. I am terrible. I can never find the right picture and if I do I can never think of a witty line for it. I am one of those people who can’t be funny if I try. I’m only funny when I don’t mean to be.
- Finding images. I hate looking for images. For Pinterest, or the blog or anything. I know images are good because they make your post more visual and interesting but bloodyhell it takes a lot of time searching for the right ones, and they never seem to be quite right.
- Knowing how much time to spend on it. It’s always a bit hit and miss with me. I can get very easily distracted by Facebook and Pinterest, and to a certain extent Twitter if I actually go on it, but knowing whether this is time well spent or not is never a certainty. I’m very good at blogging on a weekly basis and keeping my Facebook author page busy, but the rest of it is totally inconsistent. Maybe that doesn’t matter, or maybe I should be spending equal amounts of time on each site?
- Turning social media into sales. Then again, this is a tricky one. How do you know your social media engagement has resulted in sales unless people tell you? There is the shop button now on my Facebook page, which is helpful and depressing in equal measures. But other than that…? Who knows what is working and what is not?
I’d like to get better at all of these things. How about you? What are your social media strengths and weaknesses? Please feel free to share and comment! And let me know what has worked for you!
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I sympathise. Have yet to “get” Twitter. Could probably do a meme if I tried (did one once but it was for my daughter and I don’t think she’d appreciate my plastering it over instagram). Also yet to work out how to make instagram work for me!
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Thanks so much for reading and commenting Paula! Hope all is going well with you! Yes, I enjoy Instagram more than I thought I would, but have not figured out a way to make it work either!
Hi Chantelle, I’m no expert at all! I would choose the ones that work for you best and concentrate on those. Have you heard of Hootsuite, you can organise your posts for the week or longer and it will send them when you want them to go out, giving you more time to plan etc. and once there done there done, you can go back and edit if you want to. Also I watched this webinar yesterday https://www.yourfirst10kreaders.com/june-17-webinar-replay and thought of you, obviously at the end (after about 60 mins) he wants to sell you a course but there was some useful info in it I thought.
HI Jenny! Thanks so much. I have heard of that webinar and seen clips on Facebook but I’ve yet to dedicate the time to it. Time is always the issue, I find! And yes, Hootsuite sounds good. I did have a go once, I am pretty sure I signed up and then couldn’t get the hang of it. Perhaps time to try again!
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This all sounds terribly familiar! I actually quite like twitter and instagram, but as to whether I use them effectively… Best not think too much about that 😉
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Thanks for reading, Kim! Yes I’m really enjoying Instagram, but really struggle to think of book related things to post!