It Is Time For Me To Be Social Again - What Katy Said

It Is Time For Me To Be Social Again

The other week I went to Blog On and besides the fabulous goodie bag, I actually came home with a whole lot more. Of all the talks, it was one about social media that left a lasting impression. In a nutshell Peter (an SEO exec) told us to stop posting. Can you imagine? Bloggers not posting? No, we all sat there gobsmacked too. However, by the end of his presentation I was right there with him, I didn’t want to talk any more.

Blogging is a funny thing, well at least the blogging world that it is now, what it has become. We are all so busy posting that we have forgotten how to communicate, we aren’t being social anymore. I am terrible for it, I have been so busy writing post after post that I have no time left to comment on other blogs, to write a 140 status on Twitter or interact with the lovely blogging friends I have made along the way. Peter’s talk made me sit up and take notice, it made me take a long hard look at my habits- it is time to change.

Over the last few months I have felt increasingly isolated in the blogging world and I have only myself to blame. I want to feel part of that amazing community again and so to do that I need to stop posting and start listening, start communicating with the community!

So what does this mean?

♦ Well, first of all I have reduced the amount of scheduled tweets that go out. Nobody wants to go to my profile only to be greeted by a barrage of spam do they?

♦ I am using Twitter for talking, I am manually tweeting (I know, you can actually do that!) and scrolling through my feed to interact with others. And you know what? I am loving it!

♦ I am taking more of a personal approach on FB. I have read so many posts about how to grow your FB but over the last week or so I have been using it like a personal account- after all I AM a person. I am enjoying using it and my following is growing organically! Win!!

♦ I am reducing the number of linkies I run. Something has to give and unfortunately running two linkies is beyond my capabilities. So as of this week there will be no more #KidsCorner. Thank you to everyone who joined in over the last few months, you have all been amazing!

♦ I am going to join in with other linkies again. I love linkies, I get to visit new blogs and catch posts I may have otherwise missed. I want to be a part of the community and this is a great place to start.

So there we have it, a few steps I am taking to become more social. Social media is a wonderful thing but so many people forget to get involved and so in the end their voice just becomes lost in the sea of noise that surrounds us. I didn’t start my blog to get lost in the noise- I want to be heard. So if you are out there, I want to hear your voice too and hopefully you will stick around to hear mine.

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23 Comments

  • Reply
    Mum in Brum
    October 15, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Great post and a topic that I’ve been thinking about a lot too recently. It is frustrating when I scroll through my Twitter feed and only see hundreds of scheduled tweets and nobody actually there to interact with – and I’m just as guilty of scheduling as the next blogger! I do love joining in with linkies and often wonder how the hosts get time to do anything else. Well done you for taking a step back and realising what it is you really want to get back from all of the effort you put in. I’ve only just recently discovered your blog and think it’s ace xx

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      Katy
      October 16, 2015 at 7:03 am

      Thank you so much that has made my day 🙂 I just got to a point where I felt what was the point in posting if nobody was listening. And why should they listen if I am not listening to them? x

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    Vickie
    October 15, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Hmmm, definitely food for thought. I get where he’s coming from and I completely agree that, amongst bloggers, there’s isn’t enough importance given to the humble comment.

    I once read a post (the link to which I’ve long since lost) in which the writer suggested picking just one social media platform and working to build friendships and followers on that. The idea is that the other platforms will tick along in the background but you’re not trying to be all things to all people across all of them. Less stress that way. Mine is Instagram because I’m more of a visual person than a chatty one. For others it’s Twitter or Facebook (both of which completely baffle me). The important thing is that we talk, however we choose to do it. 🙂

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      Katy
      October 16, 2015 at 7:02 am

      I am really getting into IG now, really trying to make it a beautiful place where only lovely photos are allowed. I went to a fab talk from Lucy – Capture By Lucy yesterday and it really made me think about how I use it. She is going to write up her notes so keep an eye out. x

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    Katie @mummydaddyme
    October 15, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Ah love this post Katy. I must admit I use my social media for being social. I schedule two old post tweets a day and other than that I may tweet out a new post a couple of days a day, but other that I use twitter, instagram and Facebook for chatting. Of course I promote my blog, after all thats what we bloggers do, but I rarely do it. I chat a lot more and I have great interaction on there I think! I love a good chat! x

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      Katy
      October 15, 2015 at 10:26 pm

      Thanks Katie, I need to take a leaf out of your book as well look how far your have come. Loved chatting tonight- even if you don’t like jam 😉 xx

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    Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely
    October 15, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    I use social media much like Katie does. It’s a fun, social place for me rather than a place for promotion (I tweet new posts maybe twice, possibly three times, but rarely any more than that). The more you get to know people, the higher the chances of them clicking through to your blog and wanting to know more about you. I think that’s how you gain long term friends and readers rather than just clicks to read a single post. Be nice and create quality content. That’s what I focus on.

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      Katy
      October 15, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      You are so right, I am definitely going to promote less and spend more time doing social interaction. Katie tweeted about biscuits tonight and it was just fun to chat. xx

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    Lizzie Roles
    October 15, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Love this post and a poignant reminder for me as I was feeling isolated too, bound to after posting regularly again (win) I didn’t have the time left to comment (fail) time to re-evaluate how I do things. Although whenever I write something from ‘me’ on Twitter I seem to lose followers! Eek any advice greatly appreciated xo

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      Katy
      October 15, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      Finding a balance is really hard, I have spent all night chatting away on Twitter and barely written a sentence on a post haha! Sorry you have been seeing isolated too, chat any time on Twitter 🙂 xx

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    Hannah Budding Smiles
    October 16, 2015 at 7:12 am

    This is brilliant my lovely, good for you! I’ve said to hubby previously about how I’m never going to be a big league blogger because I don’t schedule much, I don’t post 4 times a day 7 days a week and I chat more than I market but I’m happy with that and I’m glad you’re enjoying your new way of doing things. I think your blog is amazing and you’re a fantastic, lovely person so the two things go hand in hand xxx

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      Katy
      October 30, 2015 at 11:00 pm

      Thank you so much for such lovely words Hannah, you are a fab blogger too- just keep doing what you are doing. xx

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    You Baby Me Mummy
    October 16, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    It is a tricky one, as you know I schedule alot, but then I get lots of interaction on the scheduled posts, not all but a lot of them. Most of my traffic comes from Twitter, so it is not something I would be looking to change in the short term. I don’t get upset by scheduled tweets, afterall we can all scroll! 😉 xxx

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      Katy
      October 30, 2015 at 10:44 pm

      Oh yes we can all scroll but I felt as though people missed my manual comments in all my scheduled ones. I’m enjoying being a bit more human. x

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    Leandra
    October 17, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Great advice! I really need to do this, I can’t remember the last time I read a blog without it being part of a linky comment. Or actually use Twitter and Facebook to talk! Thanks for sharing the reminder xx #thelist

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      Katy
      October 30, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      I am loving stepping back and giving more time to chatting 🙂 x

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    Hannah Mums' Days
    October 22, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    Dude, did you write this for me? It’s exactly what I needed to hear! We need to talk more 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #TheList, it’s lovely to have you!! xx

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      Katy
      October 30, 2015 at 9:08 pm

      I think we all need to talk more xx

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    The List 59 Mums' Days
    October 23, 2015 at 1:47 am

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    Megan - Truly Madly Kids
    October 23, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    We have never really scheduled tweets, or tweeted out old posts, and the twitter feed grows week on week. Facebook is a great place to chat, debate, laugh and share – a great platform – again, our following grows organically weekly. Great to have you back on the social scene! #thelist

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      Katy
      October 30, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      Thanks Megan, it is good to be back! xx

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    Laura
    October 23, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    This post is really comforting for someone just starting out. I’ve been reading a lot about social media and it’s been a little off-putting/overwhelming. Obviously I want to increase the number of people reading my blog but if they don’t interact then it’s not much fun! I really like the idea of just trying to build solid links.

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      Katy
      October 30, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      Definitely stick with what you are doing, social contacts are so important x

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