It would be good to have comments to this post as it may help us all out a tiny bit. What do you think of when you hear the words Social media? For myself I think of FaceBook, Twitter and Pinterest. I have been a fan of FaceBook for a number of years and all my family and friends are members too, it proves a very good way of keeping In touch with people when you have not got the time to write a letter/email or phone them to have a good chat. you can put your own pictures on there, again very useful as now you do not have to go and get films developed or print out copies to send to family as it all goes on line and if they would like to print them off then they can. My grandchildren all have FaceBook but yes it is monitored by their parents, they seem to have a good grounding about what is right or not. When I started my blog I new it would need a FaceBook but I was very reluctant to use my own personal one as yes it is personal. So I set up a new one, which is very simple to do and that is Nanny Cool FaceBook, some of my friends and family have become friends on it, mainly to give me support and to see what I am writing and how I am getting on. There are some friends and acquaintances that do not even know anything about Nanny Cool! The two sites are very different and offer my friends a rich selection of news, gossip, awards, events and many albums of pictures. FaceBook for me as a writer is helping to build my platform of recognition and it appears to be working well.
Next we have Twitter, this is very new to me and have only joined it in the name of Nanny Cool. Again very easy to join and load up a little bit of your information (very little bit) and couple of pictures. This has also been used to build my platform of acknowledgment and has worked very quickly, you appear to get followers over night and this builds considerately over the weeks. It has been very simple to post a ‘Tweet’ as they are called and then to re-tweet people’s Tweets and also make them one of your favourites. I have not learned what the # (hash tag) is for or why people use it so perhaps someone can fill me in on that? There also seems to be Trends, which I can see they are about things in the news right now but not sure if you are supposed to comment? Or how it becomes a Trend, can anyone make something Trend? I must admit I do really like Twitter from the point of view that if there is something going on anywhere in the world it appears to hit Twitter before even the news channels or radio got hold of it. So, all in all Twitter is a good place to build your writers platform.
We now have Pinterest, which for me is very new as only first heard of it on other people’s blogs that I read. Joining again was simple, I have used the same picture as Nanny Cool on all these sites so people have a visual image of Nanny Cool to link them all together. This site consists of making your own boards of pictures, which you can name anything you like, you then pick the pictures from the thousands on Pinterest to build up your boards. I found this to be very addictive as once you start there are so many good ideas about anything you could think off. I have pictures of lovely flowers and gardens that I wish I had, pieces of furniture that would look so good in my house. The craft board I really love as I have found so many things to make with the children or do with them during the holidays. There are so many different boards you could make and then you also get to see other people’s boards, which you can follow and the same for yours, anyone can use some of your pictures or follow your boards. I really do love this site and could spend hours looking at it. What I do not understand is how it can help to build your platform or boost numbers to your blog? Can anybody help with that?
That is as far as I have got at the moment but if you have anything to recommend then please share with us all. x