Armchair BEA 2015: Michelle and Christina on Social Media


armchairbeaDay 2 of Armchair BEA… The Social Media topic caught our eye. Here is the prompt:

Social Media

How do you use social media to expand your blogging/writing horizons?  Social Media is all about networking and connections, and utilizing today’s technology to the fullest.  Make sure you mention your own social media pages. Do you have another blog, maybe a Tumblr? Have a Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook? Or maybe there’s an underrated social media program that you like.

 

So, how do we use social media to expand our blogging? Michelle and Christina will chime in on a few of our social media outlets and uses:

Michelle

  • On Facebook…  We have a Facebook page for the blog and I’ve been trying to make an effort to post more than just links to the posts here on it. What makes pages on Facebook worth following? When a conversation can spark or become aware of other cool posts out there. I use the Facebook page to share other posts that I think are cool that I’ve seen on my feed. I never know whether to share on my posts on my personal Facebook or not…I don’t want to annoy people but I do want to encourage more people to engage!
  • On Twitter… I’ve been on Twitter for several years now and I feel like I’m still learning the ropes! Definitely follow me @deckfullojokers! I have just started using Tweetdeck to schedule some tweets, but I’m definitely not as sophisticated as Christina when it comes to marketing myself or the blog using Twitter.
  • On Instagram… I’m nothing if not consistent, so I also have an Instagram, @deckfullojokers. I like to share a myriad of pictures, usually book related or nature related…with a healthy serving of selfies #noshame
  • On Blogs… I thought I had these posts auto-populate a Tumblr since the beginning basically, but as I went to check on it…apparently not! Something has glitched! See, Armchair BEA is so helpful!  (Definitely see Christina’s blog, Virginia Wine Uncorked…it’s quite fun and has quite the future!)
  • Anything else to add? I have been very intent on joining YouTube and becoming more of a vlogger, but I keep running into roadblocks. I need a working computer, and some type of tutorial on how to use non-Apple product editing software. What tips do you have for me?

 

Christina

  • On Facebook… Have you seen our Playing Jokers page on Facebook? If you haven’t already, please like us to help spread the word! For my personal Facebook page, I find this to be a great tool to raise awareness about my blog sites and share the latest posts. Whenever I post something new, the first place I share this is on my personal Facebook page to encourage my friends and family to join the conversation.
  • On Twitter… In addition to Michelle’s Twitter @deckfullojokers, I have my own personal Twitter account I utilize whenever I schedule something new for either of my blogs. Follow me: @vawineuncorked.  In addition, I have found hootsuite to be an amazing tool, especially for those busy days when I don’t have access to my phone or a computer due to meetings. Hootsuite is a great tool for multiple social media outlets to pre-schedule posts so you can carry on the conversation throughout the day, even when you are away.
  • On Instagram… I actually do not have an Instagram account. I have found too many social media outlets to be a distraction from my every day enjoyment. It was too much to manage so this is the tool I chose to knock out!
  • On Blogs… In addition to playingjokers.com where I have been contributing for about two years now, I also have a wine blog I started when working on my Masters at George Mason University: vawineuncorked.com. This blog is a fun hobby I have turned into an informative website on the history of Virginia Wine in addition to the blogging feature. Follow my latest posts here in addition to playingjokers.com!In addition to Michelle’s Twitter @deckfullojokers, I have my own personal Twitter account I utilize whenever I schedule something new for either of my blogs. Follow me: @vawineuncorked.  In addition, I have found hootsuite to be an amazing tool, especially for those busy days when I don’t have access to my phone or a computer due to meetings. Hootsuite is a great tool for multiple social media outlets to pre-schedule posts so you can carry on the conversation throughout the day, even when you are away.
  • Anything else to add? Social media, as we all know, is a great tool to connect with others who love the same things as you. I love books and Virginia wine… social media has introduced me to a whole new world of book and wine lovers like me. (Sometimes, people who like both!) Two examples of the power of social media that have personally affected me:  – Facebook is the reason the Virginia Wine and Book Club got started. I posted on a friend’s wall about how fun it would be to have a reason to get together over wine by discussing books. Michelle saw this post and suggested we check out Goodreads… from there, others chimed in and here we are over two years and 27 books later!  – Twitter helped to connect me with others in the wine community. I ended up taking the George Mason Business of Wine class for fun. I’ve discovered new wineries in the community. And I was also invited to be a guest speaker on VinVillageRadio through Twitter. It really is a great tool to expand one’s knowledge, interests, understanding and networking circles!

Share your favorites and personal social media outlets with us. We would love to connect with you!

What do you think?

  • I recently ditched my FB page for a personal FB. The page was growing in numbers, but wasn’t giving me the interaction that I was looking for, nor was it showing results for visits. I mainly use Twitter for social media interaction, and Feedly to keep me updated and commenting on blogs that I am interested in.

    • Michelle Michelle says:

      Oo, yeah I agree that we seem to get less interaction with Facebook, but then again, I seem to failing in getting interaction with Twitter too! 😛 I feel like each platform I share very different things on, which I think is a good thing, but can be a very inconsistent approach.

  • I was participating in #ABEA but couldn’t think of what to write in regards to social media, I’m just learning the ropes myself so have been very interested in all the Social media posts.

    • Michelle Michelle says:

      And there’s always new platforms and strategies too! It can be hard to keep up with it! I think I struggle the most with strategies, like how much should I tweet about a new post vs. share other thoughts vs. just share other links, etc. I’m sure I could do more real research on these things but I tend to just mimic what I see others doing…

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