Every once in awhile, I ask myself – Why am I blogging! With so much social media today, are blogs even getting recognized? Do I really have enough to say? Should I post my ideas somewhere else or not?
A long time ago, I asked the question Why am I blogging? in a post. I was delighted that some individuals commented on it.
In the post, I referenced: What are the 10 Secret Benefits of Blogging? by Jeff Bullas (which I knew I would return to someday.) I’m pretty sure, the link I referenced has probably been updated since I first linked to it. I agreed with Jeff back then. I’m not so sure if I totally agree with him now.
Blogging is/(was?) one way to connect with the outside world. It has allowed me to explore some computer technology that I might not have otherwise known about. It has allowed me to learn about books in a way I had never known before and connect with other readers.
Unfortunately the tech giants are making it more difficult and they are finding ways to make you pay to play.
- I post my reviews on Amazon. Amazon, authors and publishers like that. However, Amazon will not allow a link back to my blog (the source) on the submission! You can dig down to the author profile page – and see the source website link, (if it is filled out).
- I post links to my reviews on Facebook, however, they only tease, by showing it to a small number of individuals. Unless you pay and advertise the post, the reach is virtually non-existent.
- I post links to my reviews to Google+. I’m not sure how Google decides which information to push to the top of Internet searches. Google uses mysterious algorithms for their search engine. Sometimes they’ll send new visitors sometimes they wont.
- I have email subscriptions, but recently, free gmail accounts from distribution systems are blocked. So, I purchased a ‘professional’ email account.
- I post links to my reviews on Twitter, but it seems they can easily be lost in the volume of tweets.
Blogging has pushed me to look at communication and social media in new ways.
There are so many forms of social media out there now. What forms do you use? Are you branching out?