Monday’s Blogging 201 task (Dig Deep Into a Social Network) is not really one I’m enjoying as much, because currently it’s simply reminding me of how much I despise a lot of social media.
I’ve blogged about it before, specifically my frustrations with Twitter. In the months that have passed since then, I can’t really say that my opinions have changed.
If anything, my opinion of Twitter has dropped.
Twitter never sounded like a ‘thing’ that would interest me to start with – I had many friends who jumped the Twitter bandwagon early on, but it never appealed to me. I finally signed up (years later) when I’d heard repeatedly that essentially anyone who wants to sell books one day needs to be on Twitter (and Facebook, and LinkedIn, and… and… and when the heck am I supposed to, you know, WRITE said books?)
Quitting Twitter is something that I’ve contemplated many times over the past couple years, but I’ve been diligent-ish in my use of it. I share all my blog posts. I make sure to post personal things so I’m not just posting links. I check in a few times a week to see what’s happening with the people I follow, and I try to start conversations. It doesn’t always go well, but it’s an effort.
But I feel like there’s been so little payback for the effort I’ve put into it.
I have probably triple the ‘followers’ on Twitter than I do on Facebook.
Stands to reason that I should have triple the blog clicks, right?
Welp. According to my stats… I have less than one-third the clicks from Twitter (212) than I do from Facebook (697).
So I’m really struggling to see why it’s worth it.
I just don’t ‘get’ Twitter, and as I told a friend earlier “Twitter is a chore to me. I like Facebook and Pinterest and tsu. But Twitter makes me go ‘ugh’.”
And I just don’t want to say those 212 clicks weren’t worth anything… but considering that I stress out over Twitter way more than I do Facebook, and I’m getting much less out of it… why should I keep stressing out?
So, I’m officially taking Twitter off my plate. I’m not deleting my account, but I am making it private (for the time being), and I’m not going to concentrate my efforts there because all I feel is frustrated.
I’m still pretty happy with my decisions a while back to nix my Facebook page (and just use my private account for now) and Google+. I actually think I’ve gotten MORE hits from G+ since I stopped using it – evidently other people share my posts on there more effectively than I did.
The only social media I’m focusing on, period, is Facebook, tsu, and Pinterest. Facebook I’ve pretty much got the hang of, and tsu isn’t much more complicated.
So, my goals for better utilizing social media are:
- Post 10x (ish) a week on Facebook/tsu, not including sharing other posts. I cannot ‘meet’ this requirement in a single day, it needs to be spread out.
- Share at least 2 posts a week from other bloggers that I enjoyed.
- Make sure appropriate posts get ‘pinned’ on Pinterest (book reviews, urban gardening things, etc.)
- Reach out more to my followers.
And ugh, now that it’s taken me three days to write this blog post, I’m going to go do something else now. Like panic over the fact that my brother’s birthday is tomorrow and we’re hosting dinner and the house is a wreck. Whee.