Yesterday on The So-Called Homemaker, I promised to touch base on how I keep up with social media as a blogger so for Friday 5 I thought I’d share 5 social media tips for bloggers!
1. First and foremost, have a schedule. this post from Jana really started that for me. I had just downloaded Hootesuite a few weeks before, but for some reason it just hadn’t really hit me to schedule it out more than a couple hours before. when I saw her post I immediately came up with my own schedule.
2. Once you’ve got your schedule – go ahead and download hootsuite and latergram so you can write those posts out each morning instead of each hour. No one has the time to get on social media every hour so use these apps to help! It’s what they are there for. I jump on hootesuite for about 10 minutes every morning and schedule out most of the following for the day. On Mondays I get on latergram and schedule a post picture and an inspirable quote for each day – it takes 5 extra minutes, and I don’t have to worry about instagram unless I want to post something personal.
3. Be authentic – where it says share or open. I try to actually get on twitter around that hour and say something from me directly about my day. If all my tweets are scheduled it’s going to eventually be noticeable – and that’s a turn off. It’s important to do 1 and 2 to keep engaging with our readers and be sure our blogs are noticed, but it can’t all be scheduled.
4. talk to people – especially other bloggers. If you like a post she linked to – favorite it. if you don’t want to comment on her blog then send her a comment on twitter. I need to be better about this, but the little I have done it I can so see the benefits! That person will see that not only do you read their blog you interact/follow them on social media so if they haven’t already checked out your blog they will. I’ve done this myself with people interacting with me on twitter so I know it works.
5. Have fun and don’t stress – don’t have time to get on hootesuite one morning? it’ll be ok. haven’t posted on instagram in 3 days that’s fine. we can only do what we can do.
My blogging bestie faith nominated me for a little behind the scenes/writing process post, and I thought those questions would go right along with this . . .
What are you working on right now?
My capsule wardrobe, and some holiday themed post ideas. I’m a planner so late October is when I start finalizing Holiday ideas and thinking towards the New Year. On that note, I’m also trying to sort through some ideas of some series I’d like to start in the new year. I’ve really taken the bull by the horns in the past 3 months as far as this blog goes and treating it like a business. Since doing that I’m also trying to stream line things a bit more and be a more consistently ‘style related’ with a few recipes and random posts thrown in.
How does your work differ from others in its genre? Why do you write what you do?
This one is hard . . . My initial thought is does it differ? But, of course, it does. No one can be me. I think my dry sense of humor comes out in my writing which I don’t find on other style posts. Also being a style blog I do a lot more DIY than usual. I’ve found it’s the new thing for bloggers to show behind the scenes type things lately. Sort of like what a normal day is without the house picked up or days when you don’t have that outfit on point and I try to do that every day on every post. My outfit may look awesome, but if I wouldn’t normally iron that shirt I’m not going to do it just for a blog post. I will admit that the only times I make the bed are when blog pictures need taken or company is coming over.
How does your writing process work?
the quick and easy of it, is I find time every week to schedule out ideas and get some posts rolling. I have ideas scheduled a month out and finalized 2 weeks out – except Fridays. So next weeks posts have been written this week and the week after that I’ve gotten the ideas finalized so I begin working on them – next week I will write those posts. For example, yesterday my etsy swap was posted, next Thursday I’m sharing a recipe and it is ready and scheduled, the Thursday after that I’m posting about some beauty products I used in October so this week I finalized those items and took the pictures – that post will be written next week. I like to do that so if it doesn’t turn out I have time to come up with something else, and by staying only 2 weeks out I can keep up to date. I don’t necessarily write everyday just as I get time, but I touch base with the blog every morning to do some social media things, respond to comments and so on – it takes about 30 minutes. When I write a post I just write it out, then add the pictures, then I go through my SEO plugin (by yoast) and update to get the green light, and then I go back and edit before scheduling it. Nothing fancy 🙂 WordPress plugins make it super easy to be sure links are good and seo is good. So my main concerns are good pictures and clear words :).
As soon as the kitchen reveal is all done next week, I’m going to tell you all about the office where all this blogging goes down 🙂
What’s your writing process like? Are you a planner too?