Branching Out – My First Steps with Social Media

I’ve been falling into old traps lately and getting way too uptight over unnecessary things.
Aren’t West Indians meant to be laid back? I think I prove that one false! I may have covered this before, but although I’ve started and abandoned many blogs before this one, this is the first that I’ve started that has a real purpose. It’s probably because of that sense of purpose that I’ve managed to get a bit riled up over making it right. Also, I’ve been picking up lots of information that I’ve never managed to get my head around before, and my head is swimming!
Sometimes it feels as though I’m so proud to be getting somewhere… and then I look at other bloggers who have been going at it for years, and success like theirs seems to be an unattainable goal. It’s like climbing a mountain and feeling happy with the view below you into the valley, until you look up and see how far you have left to go.
Well, I’m going to keep my head down and keep climbing.
Every day I come up with something else I have to do or improve. Here’s a list of the first things to pop into my head:
  •  Migrate from Blogger to WordPress (or at least get this site away from the mid 90’s vibe!)
  • Clean up my old posts from before I had a clue what I was doing.
  • Come up with a strategy for my less-loved social media accounts.
  • Create a schedule for posting (when my houseguests have gone) that I can stick to.
Social media is the challenge for me, as I was an active user of a few platforms before 2013, when I dropped off the face of the earth. It’s been quite good to be off the face of the earth actually – very quiet and calm. But here I am, coming back again, and here’s what I’ve done since then. Oh, and by the way, my plan is to do all of this organically – I won’t be paying for followers or likes (see the Facebook entry for the exception to this). This is a money-saving blog, so let’s see what can be done without spending money!

150 followers on 23/06/2016. I must have been half asleep before – I ran two Twitter accounts for my artist persona and degree show group, but never really ‘got’ Twitter. Now, I think I do. It doesn’t feel forced or artificial at all. I’m actually really enjoying it this time around! I’ve managed to learn a lot from watching other Twitter users and reading fantastic articles they post – I’m converted and I think Twitter will remain my social media cornerstone.
Follow me – @HomelyEconomics
78 followers on 23/06/2016. I’ve been on Instagram since 2013 but never used it to promote my artwork (I know, duh!). I’ve started now, though, but enough about that – back to this blog. I started using Instagram for Homely Economics exactly 65 days ago – I know that because I’ve committed to posting one picture a day, every day. I’ve stuck to it so far, apart from one day that I couldn’t do it, and I made up for it by posting in the morning and in the evening on the next day. Because of that it’s turned into a kind of diary, which I like.
Follow me – @homely_economics
209 likes on 23/06/2016. What a love/hate relationship I have with Facebook – I used to use it every day, almost all day, or so it seems now. Since going dark on social media (mostly because I married someone who just didn’t get it) I’ve come to think of that time as a period of over-sharing. Well, now I’ve got to get to grips with it again!
So, here’s a predicament of mine. I used to run a page for my previous business, which I stopped posting on about 4ish years ago. Some of the likes came about through paid advertising, and some through my friends. Way back then, I posted that I wouldn’t be carrying on the business in its current form as I was studying for my degree, but after I posted a few links to other people’s material I let it fizzle out. Having decided to jump back into Facebook, I decided after quite a lot of deliberation to resuscitate the page and rename it. Now… most people who aren’t my friends who liked the page may not even remember having liked it in the first place! So is it dishonest or deceitful to start up the page again under another name?
Part of me thinks it is, to be honest. Another part thinks that since the core of both businesses is the same – myself – it’s just adding to my previous story. Well, we’ll see. I’ve tried to make it clear that I’m the same girl, trying to go in a new direction. Unliking is easy enough, and I’ve decided that my page should carry on the flavour of its previous incarnation for continuity, so therefore more of a focus on home, décor and making things yourself. Let me know what you think.
Like my page – Homely Economics
Oh, here’s another on/off relationship! I definitely overdosed on Pinterest before I bought my house last year. I loved fishing around for ideas but I find so many of the articles and pictures to be so samey… it’s like scoffing a bag of sweets until your teeth hurt. I don’t really know what I’m doing here but I’m planning on figuring it out.
Follow me –  Lee Balders
Ok, I genuinely have no idea what I’m doing here – I just kinda figured out that I should know about this! Hey, you’ve got to start somewhere, right? I’m also thinking this isn’t even strictly social media, but hey.
I know there are others I’m missing out on, but I can only keep up with so much. I’ve made it a bit harder for myself, trying to do the same to a smaller extent with my art persona… that is important to me, but right now it’s sitting in second place.
So, what’s your advice for a newbie? I’ll be updating this periodically, so hopefully we’ll be able to see some progress as I try hard to make social media work for me from now on.

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