Facebook, Hugs, Kisses and Snot When it comes to blogging I really like it. I actually feel like I’m interacting with readers when I see them “like” a blog post or comment and I can easily respond back. I can post pictures that can be viewed instantly instead of having to click thru to see it. I’m still a blogging nobody so all of the interactions are positive. Bloggers with a big following get the negative feedback that fans feel they can spout off at will. I guess when the jerks start coming out of the woodwork and commenting I should feel honored that they feel I’m important enough to spend their negative energy on me. Oh the anticipation of the day I’m treated like crap. Then I’ll know they really like me.
My private FB page can be a little frustrating. While I love keeping up with friends and watching their families grow sometimes there is just too much information. I want to remain friends with these people but if they keep posting some of the things they post it makes me start to wonder why we’re friends. I don’t want to know some of the things they share; ignorance is bliss in some cases. Dear Husband puts it this way: Posting on FB is like being at a huge picnic with all the people you know, getting up on a table with a bullhorn and telling everybody there what’s on your mind. Do you really want everybody to know how you feel about Obamacare or gay rights regardless of their opinions or feelings? Does everybody and their dog need to know you just worked out or went through Starbucks?
Twitter, Hugs, Kisses and Snot. I didn’t get on the Twitter bandwagon when it first started and I’ve been behind ever since. All good bloggers know that social media is a very large piece of the blogging success puzzle and we need to stay on top of FB, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest, Instagram, the list goes on. On top of that we need to be reading and commenting on other blogs and participating in blogging communities. Who the heck has time for all of that? I’ve got kids to raise, homework to check, dinner to make, housework to avoid, oh, and blog posts to write. What it comes down to is I feel forced to pick and choose which social media outlets I’ll utilize because I just don’t have time for all of it. It’s better to be good at a few things than half-assed at all of them.
Last fall, I went to a blogging conference and left feeling like a serious loser for not having a Twitter handle. As soon as I was able to figure out what a “handle” was I ran to my computer to sign up. It didn’t take long before I was befuddled and annoyed. I started following friends, aquaintances, all sorts of bloggers I didn’t know and a few I did know, and would follow-back people who followed me. It didn’t take long before my feed was full of random stuff from people I didn’t know and could care less about. A blogger friend of mine said to clean out my Twitter feed and just follow bloggers I really liked and people I actually knew in real life. Well, if I did that I would be down to 10 people and what’s the point of that?
I’m really torn regarding Twitter. According to the blogger handbook they give you as soon as you sign up to be a mom-blogger, if you’re not active on Twitter, tweeting something hilarious every 42 minutes and retweeting other people’s posts then you’ll become a jerk. Your blog won’t go anywhere, your Google rating will be crap and you’ll end up in the gutter with an ashtray, paddle game, a remote control, matches, this chair, and that’s all.
So what do I do? Twitter is just one more thing in my life that adds noise and stress. The last thing us moms need is to deliberately add noise and stress. Do I risk becoming a homeless jerk with an unsuccessful blog? Do I really care what the blogging goddesses say and follow their rules? I’m leaning toward “no” but don’t hold me to it because I’ve got to go retweet one of my posts from yesterday and FB about how awesome the Starbucks green tea latte is. I’ll get back to you.
Stephanie Clinton is our blogger of the month. She blogs at Hugs, Kisses and Snot.