I was thinking about this today (while I should have been writing a paper for a class but hey, semester’s almost over right?) and I realized how much of a pain having multiple social media pages is. And I don’t mean multiple accounts on the same website (though that can be a struggle too).
So let’s chat. We book bloggers, bookstagrammers, book tubers, book-people of the community. . . most of us probably have more than one account. On twitter, instagram, youtube, facebook, tumblr, pinterest, bloglovin‘, goodreads, the list goes on.
Why? Well I can’t answer that for you in terms of what everyone else uses those spaces for. Personally, I started out using one, then another, then another, all for different reasons and somehow ended up with all these pages that offer different kinds of content and function differently and this and that and it’s a LOT going on.
Am I alone in feeling the stress of having different media pages? Yes? No?
Mentally, I broke things down because obviously there must be an answer *her science brain says, needing a logical explanation*
Twitter has always felt like it is the place to be for bookish news. This past year has been somewhat of an exception all around for various reasons but if I want to know what’s going on in the book world, I head to Twitter. Short content, great for promoting blog posts, easy to interact with people, it’s great.
There’s also a LOT of negativity going around which isn’t so great and I’ve found I spend more time on other websites.
Like Tumblr. Started using it in college as a personal blog sort of thing (mostly animal and book pictures, to be honest). Created a booklr later to go with the blog. I can sit in my feed for hours just reblogging stuff without much thought. I don’t interact with the community on there, though, as much as I think I should or could. Resolution for 2018 in the making. It’s just never felt like that sort of place for me in comparison to Twitter.
Then there’s Instagram which I have a love/hate relationship with. The amount of work that goes into a single photo for bookstagram is a bit crazy, even the simpler photos. Have to set up the picture, take the picture, create a dynamic and interesting caption, remember to comment back (I’m the WORST at that). Do you have to worry about all that stuff? No. But I’m a perfectionist. I stress. I do want to consider every element and want to put my best foot/photo forward.
And once I get tired of interacting with people for the day, my quota filled, I head to Pinterest for some mind-numbing pinning, mostly to writing inspiration boards that I haven’t really looked at in months because I’ve hardly written lately. Which sucks. But that’s another matter.
I think people still use Facebook pages and Bloglovin‘? I don’t, personally, but I have pages for the blog for those of y’all that do.
Super long rambling post in short, there is a LOT going on in social media. And what makes it even harder?
They all have different kinds of content.
Instagram uses square images but people don’t seem to like graphics. They want photographs and unless you set it up through a 3rd-party website, you can’t share the post link AND image from instagram to other websites. And you can’t really link anything unless you make it the website link in your bio which you have to remember to change out.
Twitter has its character limit and some content does well, like sharing website links and its optimal image size is a rectangle. Threads are cool if you have something to say but you also have to be careful of that limit again because it’s easy to misunderstand others and be misunderstood yourself.
Tumblr is great and I don’t even know what’s going on there. I love reblogging photos but not so much the text posts which I don’t get because I like to write those kinds of posts here on my blog (case in point. . .). And photos are what’s generally reblogged from me, not so much text content.
Pinterest is all photos and there’s yet another optimal image size different from instagram and twitter. I find it’s the hardest to share on but the easiest to just waste time pinning stuff for personal use so there’s that. Haven’t figured out what to do with it for the blog.
And Facebook and Bloglovin‘ are just there. The NK page gets a bit of interaction on facebook but not nearly like its other media pages. If it wasn’t automated I probably wouldn’t use it.
The problem with each platform working with different kinds of content is that it’s a LOT of work. Now, granted, I’m speaking from a blogger/promotional standpoint. All of these websites are great for personal use but as a book blogger, I also use them to promote my content and books in general so I consider both parts. And there’s no one “master” template for social media. How I talk about a book, or books in general, on one page is different than another. Not because I’m sharing different opinions on different platforms but how I approach that promotional aspect.
Blogging is already tough without social media and sometimes I feel the pressure to be involved EVERYWHERE when it’s just not feasible.
(And yes, SOMEONE is going to comment “oh you don’t have to do that though” and trust me, I am aware. Just as I’m sure many other people are and they still probably stress too. It’s a thing, unfortunately)
I just can’t keep up with it all. I’ve thought about cutting back on the media pages but it would exclude part of my reading audience and I don’t want to do that. And what happens is I use one page for a while, switch off to another, and so on.
There was really no point to this post beyond talking about my struggles with social media but if you can relate, have solutions to offer, hate social media or love it, I want to hear from you!