7 Things I’ve learned about using social media for blogging/creativity

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Hi friends, how are you doing? It has been over 3 months since starting this blogging journey and I feel like I am finally getting into the space of feeling happy and content about what I write. I’m not self conscious about the rhythm of my blog posts anymore because I know who I am and what I want to write about. Since this discovery I realized that I now have to pay more attention to my social media and getting it to a happy place as well. As you can imagine being a newbie blogger trying to balance life, writing  and social media can be a bit difficult, intimidating and/or confusing.

So what did I do?

I tried to juggle all of it! My life, blog posts and social networks (all at the same time) and yes it was difficult and not very productive to say the least. I found it much easier to focus on one project at a time. My blog, which is my highest priority because I enjoy writing so much and sharing it with you, and my social media is second. So 3 months into my journey and here I am content with my blog but dissatisfied/learning more about social media. I’m still trying to figure it out and I know there may be more than a couple of us on this journey so I thought it would be helpful to share what I’ve learned so far:

1. Be/feel happy and confident about your blog/art first. If you plan on using your social networks to compliment your blog, I’ve learned that it’s better to get to a happy place with it first. The beginning was really chaotic for me because I didn’t know what I was doing and I was writing without direction. That confusion spilled into my social networks (pinterest + Instagram) and everything just seemed to be so disorganized. It all changed when I decided to delete everything on my social media and solely focus on my blog and getting it to a place where I was happy with it. This helped me to be more focused, think with clarity and actually explore my creativity a little bit more.

2. Think of your blog as the parent and social media as its child. This one might sound a bit corny but it helped me to realize my overall theme for Living Simple and Natural. Children always inherit certain qualities and attributes from their parents, be it; personality, looks, character, behavior etc. My overall theme for my blog is; clean white space, bold images, simple to read typeface plus my content of course. My social media had to follow suite, therefore I took  all my blog attributes and incorporated them into my social networks. I honestly feel this deserves a post of its own, so I will probably add more to it later on.

3. Try to be unique when it comes to creating a theme. Sure there are thousands of other people writing and sharing about the same topic as you but THEY ARE NOT YOU. You alone are the factor that makes all your contributions to the blogosphere and creative world unique. Why would you want to copy somebody else? It’s okay to draw inspiration from others but use that to create your own thing. I personally drew the inspiration for my Instagram from @theminimalistwardrobe.I loved how they incorporated a screenshot of a blog post to their Instagram so that people could get a preview of what they were about to read on the website.

4. Use relevant hashtags. I’m still learning about this one and it looks like one of the difficult ones to master because at the moment I don’t have any analytics to show me which hashtags are working best. I counteracted this deficiency by learning which hashtags the more popular pages in my niche were using. I found a theme for the hashtags that were being repeatedly used and decided to test them for myself. So far they are okay but like I said I’m still learning and a work in progress.

5. Planning and scheduling ahead. I found that posting on specific days (which I also designated as my creative days) was so helpful because I learned to organize my thoughts, plan my blog posts and decide how much time I would spend on social media. The beginning was chaotic for me because I literally posted when the mood hit me but now I realize that was the wrong way to go about things, and too confusing for me. Now I make it a point to post on social media on Mondays, Wednesday’s and Fridays. There are also apps that can help you with this too, please let me know in the comments if you would like me to share more about them.

6. Do not be intimidated just because you’re a newbie. Believe it or not but the most creative, alluring and popular Instagram pages you see today were once just a new account with less than 60 people on them just like yours (and mine). That goes for any other social network too. I fell into the trap of comparison in the beginning because it seemed like an impossible feat to have a lovely looking page and have people follow me who genuinely liked what I had to share, it was scary! But now I’m at a place where I actually love how small my accounts are (less than 60) and I’m content with my journey.  I feel like there’s no need to rush and the journey alone makes me happy. I also like to scroll all the way down to the first post of my fav instagram pages just to see how they started and how they have evolved. It encourages me and inspires me that some day that could me or you too!

7. Don’t take shortcuts/fall in love with the journey. To continue from my previous point one of the things I regret doing is hiring someone to manage my Instagram when it was in its infancy 2 months ago. It was nothing major I had less than $15 credit on my fiverr account and was trying to decide what I would do with it. Since I was already happy with my blog I didn’t need to hire a developer to customize my site any further, so I opted to hire an Instagram marketer. I didn’t know what method the company used to help your account grow all I knew was that I needed help to grow my page. By then I didn’t even have a theme I just posted randomly (but still somewhat relatable to my blog content). The only instructions I was given were to hand over my account deets (yikes), continue posting everyday and don’t follow anyone until the job was done 2 weeks later…

Sorry to end that point so abruptly, it’s a little too long to be incorporated as one teeny-tiny point, however, if you’lld like me to share it as it’s own post with more details feel free to let me know in the comments. And by the way the point of number 7 was to fall in love with the journey and don’t hire anyone to do the work for you!

Final thoughts.

I wrote this post just to share with you all I’ve learned over the past 3+ months. I’m still learning what works for me and what doesn’t and hopefully in the future as I continue to know more I can share it with you. But before I end the post I have a few questions I would like to ask? Did you or do you have trouble finding a rhythm for your social media too? Have you ever encountered any of the problems I mentioned? And please feel free to share any more tips because I love hearing from you and I’m always open to learn new things. Thank you for reading and see you in my next post!

46 thoughts on “7 Things I’ve learned about using social media for blogging/creativity

  1. I jumped right into my blog and that was a mistake. It’s like not reading the directions first. But that’s how I am. So I am totally with you on realizing the less than consistent message is that I’m sending. The whole thing needs to be rethought. And I understand how you feel like, what will make me stand out? I’ve only had one comment on anything so sometimes I feel very down. But like you said, it’s a journey and you’ve got to start somewhere. I would like more information, if you are so inclined on how Instagram marketing works. I emailed someone who said he offered help, but he never responded. I have no idea…just posted my first pic yesterday of some nailpolishes in a rainbow formation! So nothing too great lol. Thanks for liking my post on skincare!

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    1. Your welcome ❤️ and about getting comments on your posts the only advice I can give you (that has worked for me) is that you should write in a way that teaches, informs or helps others. You can also add questions at the end of your posts so that people are inclined to answer them. It took me 3 long years to finally figure out my rhythm and I’m sure if you keep going at it you will also notice what works for you and it will be a breeze from there. Thanks so much for sharing ❤️

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  2. Hi, what a great post for me to read right now! I have just dipped my toe into the world of Instagram and I have to admit I’m finding it a little confusing. It is so important to remember that the blog is what I wanted to do in the first place. I really liked your comparison of the child and parent. I am only a couple of weeks into my blogging career so this really is a very useful post. Thanks. Your blog does look fantastic by the way!
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  3. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. I just started this about 3 months ago, also, and I struggle with those same issues. I feel like what I write is not really relevant to anyone but me. I can’t wait to read more of your older blog posts to see how you have progressed!

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    1. Thank you so much and your welcome ❤️☺️ I’m sure you will get the hang of things in time..It actually took a lot of time for me to get to where I am today and in the process I ended up deleting blog posts I wasn’t happy about. I’ve also had previous blogs that were an utter failure so I deleted them too (and I’ve started over more times than i can count). It’s been almost 3 years now and all of those mistakes led me here. This blog and the content I write that makes me happy and others seem to like reading as well.

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  4. Yes. As far as the age of blog is considered you are ahead of me. I need to still work hard. Thanks for giving such nice tips for development. Your blog seems to be quite matured if compared to its age. All the best, nay you progress further to gain that height.

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  5. I’m literally going through the same thing right now. So, thank you for sharing your thoughts! I haven’t been publicly blogging for 3 months yet (I’m on my first 2 weeks) but been strategizing and project planning for months now. I couldn’t agree with you more on a lot of points that you made in this post. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. With 22 comments you are doing great. I am envious. I have been blogging for a lot longer than you and to get five comments is a win for me. I enjoyed your post, but loved point number 2 Think of your blog as the parent and social media as its child. I fell prey to the – you have to be seen on social media to make it work. However, I spent so much time on twitter, instagram etc that I wasn’t writing.

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    1. Thank you very much ❤️ and although this blog is only 3 months old I’ve been blogging on and off for about 2 years. The years before were very difficult and I never had any comments and people never read what I was posting. It took a lot of practice, introspection, honing in on what I was passionate about and making sure that I wasn’t just writing for myself. One thing I can say is if you write in a way that educates, teaches or benefits your readers in some way then you will also get engagement in the form of views and comments. Most importantly don’t give up ❤️

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  7. I am still trying to figure out my social media and how to best leverage it. In truth I would love to use just one, but I do see different traffic coming from each one. I’d love to get better at Pinterest and develop a wider audience on Instagram – because I love taking photos .. but as you say its a journey.

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    1. I can totally relate with only wanting one social network, I did too but I see the benefits of having the others. I’m still learning about Pinterest + instagram and I’m hoping to share some growth tactics in the near future. I would also recommend listening to Beth Kirby’s “Raw Milk Podcast” she talks a lot about Instagram and blogging and it’s so helpful ❤️

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  8. I think I am still hovering around #1, and am sort of doing #2 in reverse. I came back to blogging after realizing that I wanted to say more than my Instagram captions. Basically, I have no idea what I’m doing and feeling like I need to learn one million things! I am happy with my writing but.. yeah. Who knows?!

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