I give up. There’s no way to avoid it. That’s right, I’ve joined yet another social media outlet. (Insert heavy sigh of resignation.)
I’m not a huge fan of social media. First, it’s a huge time waster and, believe me, I can waste plenty of time without any help from an app on my iPad. Second, it’s really hard for me to keep up with posting here, there, and everywhere (somehow “Make witty comment on Twitter” often gets ignored on my To-Do List). Third, it’s a strange little game of popularity that can really get you down if you’re not “winning.”
Still, supposedly social media is a requirement for anyone trying to get their name and their work out there. I mean, I’m sure my cats love all my books and pieces of art, but since I would prefer humans to take an interest in my creative goodies and since I only know a handful of real life humans, I have to resort to social media.
The Many Faces of My Social Media Persona
It all started with this blog. My WordPress blog (and website) has undergone many, many, many transformations over the years as I try to figure out what aspects of my personal and professional life people enjoy reading about. Of all the ways of expressing myself to the world, The Blog has always been my favorite.
But the experts say a blog isn’t enough, so…
Several years ago, I joined Twitter and had no clue what to do. It was sort of my training ground for social media and eventually, after making a few virtual friends, I liked it well enough. I also liked that my tweets weren’t filtered (see Facebook below), so anything I posted went to all my followers. Not that they read every tweet, but still.
Facebook. Oh don’t get me started me started on the irritation of Facebook. It’s so frustrating to see a post has only gone out to less than one percent of your followers. The trouble with a business Facebook page is that if you’re not paying up and if your posts aren’t getting Liked (how are they supposed to get liked if no one sees them?), your posts go out to fewer and fewer people*. Grrrr.
*Not-So-Subtle Hint #1 – That’s a plea for all of you to go to Facebook and Like all my posts :))
Of course, I’ve also played around with Google+ (cumbersome), LinkedIn (too business-y), and Goodreads (meh) in search of a happy home for my social media persona.
And Then There Was Instagram
Today I signed up for Instagram. As it’s only my first day, I still have no idea what I’m doing. The app seems a bit clunky compared to Twitter and Facebook, it’s a bit annoying not to be able to post directly from my computer, and I’m a bit dismayed that the first person I’m told to follow is a Kardashian (NO!), but I’ll give Instagram a fighting chance.
I’m not quite sure what I’m hoping to gain from delving into another realm of social media. Perhaps I’m like Goldilocks searching for the tastiest bowl of porridge and “just right” bed. I may end up hating Instagram, but I’ll never know its potential if I don’t give it a shot (ooh, was that a pun?).
Not-So-Subtle Hint #2 – If you’re on Instagram, I’d really really really love it if you went to my profile and followed me. Unless you’re a Kardashian (or other distasteful form of life), I’ll probably follow you back. Also, any Instagram tips would be GREATLY appreciated.
Thanks everyone and have a great rest of the week!!!
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TAMMIE PAINTER is the author of THE TRIALS OF HERCULES: BOOK ONE OF THE OSTERIA CHRONICLES and an artist who dedicates herself to the tedium of creating IMAGES with colored pencil. Click HERE to learn all about her first solo exhibition.