Monday, April 1, 2013
To Pin or Not to Pin
With all the social media sites out there, how do you decide which ones will be fun and effective, but not take up every waking moment of your life?
1) Recommendations from friends
My friend, Miriam, dragged me onto Facebook. I'm glad I listened to her because I've connected with family and friends. It's a quick way to communicate important news flashes, prayer requests, and share pictures.
While blogging is still my favorite venue, Facebook has added another dimension to the relationships planted there.
2) What are bloggers saying about the site?
I'd say I first heard of Pinterest about 2 years ago. (Yeah, I'm a little slow jumping onto new trends.) It seemed like everyone was talking about it in the blogosphere.
Another friend, Jean Fischer, is on top of technology and wrote a post about Pinterest. By this time, curiosity was building like steam in a pressure cooker. Oh, did I mention that I met Jean on Facebook?
3) What kind of social media sites are recommended by publishers?
Helping Hands Press, my publisher, is super big on social media. Pinterest, Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter are on the top of their list. I signed the contract, and added Pinterest and Goodreads to my daily rounds.
I love magazines and have clipped recipes and articles over the years. Pinterest is a virtual bulletin board. I can "pin" items I like on my boards for future reference. Right now, I'm collecting gardening tips. When the weather turns balmy, I'm ready to plant my flowers and veggies.
New connections are being forged with people, who might not venture near my blog or become a Facebook friend. The best part: I'm enjoying the ride.
Writers: How did you select the social media sites you frequent?
Readers: What draws you to Facebook or Pinterest?
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