18 April 2015

In retrospect: Social Media and my book blog


There are tons of tips for starting a blog and running it successfully (whatever that means), for growing a blog and making it more well known. One of the tips is the use of various forms of social media, the more, the better and in the book blogging world the concentration seems to be mostly on Twitter, Facebook and maybe Instagram. 

In the past I used all three actively, I felt as if that was part of being a blogger, that it was a must for me. I was never happy with all the drama on twitter and in general the limitation of characters, but still, I used the service for some time, I guess for about two years. Facebook is another service I used for blog related updates and then later also Instagram. 

I shared my blog posts on all three services, but also felt the need to create extra content to share on the social media sites. In retrospect I realize that this is something that influenced my book blogs, this one and my German one, in a negative way. I started to split up my bookish activity, some things you could read here, others only on Facebook and Co. . I also felt a certain pressure to be witty and entertaining, especially on Twitter this was always an issue for me. In the end the more I used social media to share bookish activities, the less joy book blogging gave me. 

A few months ago I decided to use social media sites in general less and in a different way. Now I post all the big and little things here on the blog. At times this means that a blog post will be a pretty short one about the book I'm reading right in that moment, before I often posted something like this only on my social media sites, but not any longer. About Happy Books and my German book blog Bücher - lost in translation are my main focus when it's about book related content, you can find everything on the blogs, you will not miss out on anything just because you don't use Twitter, Facebook or whatever new there is. 

Btw, when reading other blogs I get annoyed when I don't get all of the info directly on the blog, when I need to follow the blog on at least one social media account, and still I did the same in the past with my own blog, thank goodness that I moved on from that. 

I know that not being that active on certain sites means that some people will never discover my blog, that I will never be one of the big players in the community. And believe me when I say that I'm ok with that, that I'm even happy about it. I want to have interesting bookish discussions with you here on the blog, I don't want to force myself to be one of the cool, witty Twitter users, I never was and never will be. I want this blog to be as enjoyable as possible for you and me, and I don't need Twitter, Facebook or other things to achieve this goal.

If you love using social media in combination with your blog or a blog you are reading, if it enhances your experience, then go for it and have fun, but don't think that it's a must

In general it's important to remember that you don't need many things to run a book blog, just some time and a passion for books, pretty much everything else is optional.


Happy Reading!

6 comments:

  1. Loved your thoughts on this topic. I try to have a balance. My focus is my blog and commenting. But I do try to find some time each time to go on social media.

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    1. Love your focus on your blog and commenting, it's the same for me and it feels great.

      Happy Reading!

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  2. I changed blogs last year because I wasn't feeling comforatble on my book blog anymore because of all the pressure the book blogger world brought up in the last two years...there are tons of book blogs - some very good ones and some well... - but mainly I had the feeling it was just about who was the most know book blogger who got the most arcs and all that....it felt to me like it wasn't about book blogging in gerneral anymore.
    Now I have my new blog and I still don't feel very happy...I can't even say why. I don't wanna be famous, no one needs to read what I am writing because I am doing that for myself. I am also not using Facebook or Twitter for blog stuff and Instagram is more private than anything else...

    I don't know...for me the blogger world still doesn't feel what I used to. Change can be good but it still doesn't feel right to me...I try to write blog posts about that but I keep deleting them because I am also not interested in stupid comments on such a post and I learned in the past that such posts attract certain kind of people...

    Long story short: I absolutly can understand you! :)

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    1. I feel your pain, I went through a similar phase some time ago and what really helped me was to sort out the blogs I read. I now follow less blogs, but those I do I love. I no longer read any of the really big blogs, I never felt that they were a good fit for me.
      And it's the same with youtube channels, I now follow less booktubers than before and none of the cool ones anymore. I think it's important that the bookish input you get fits to you and what you want from reading.

      And I reminded myself that it's my blog, so I can do with it whatever I want to.

      Have a great Sunday!

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  3. I only use Twitter and Google plus as they seem to have a reach for my blog which is a good fit. I know what you mean about needing to be witty on Twitter haha I feel the same sometimes, plus I feel like you have to be on their all the time and I actually hate being attached to my phone, plus im busy with work etc and can't really tweet through the day. One update tweet per post is pretty much all i can manage at the moment!

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    1. I also hate being attached to my phone, I check it maybe three times a day and that's it. Constantly checking it and typing something on it would drive me crazy.

      Happy Reading!

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