Musings: Social Media

Today’s topic is: “What inspired you to get involved in social media?”

Social Media Icons, phoebedecook.com

Because everyone’s doing it, right? Well, peer pressure is only part of the reason I’ve succumbed to the allure of social media. As an author, it’s basically required if you want to reach a broader audience (outside of your immediate family). But my main reason is that it’s fun!

Just don’t look for me on the cutting edge. In fact, I’m what they call a late adopter. It’s true that I created a MySpace profile, right before the site flopped. (NEWSFLASH: According to a recent Google search, MySpace still exists!! Seriously! Who knew?) And like millions of others, I am currently nursing a serious addiction to Facebook. But I only joined Instagram six weeks ago (when I had to write this blog post about it) and I don’t know (nor particularly care) what Snapchat is/does.

So why do I resist the latest and greatest social media websites and apps? The primary reason is that as a ‘stay-at-homemaker’ (stay-at-home mom + homemaker), I have very limited technology time in my daily schedule (in fact, most of it happens after 9pm bedtimes) so keeping up with these six sites keeps me busy. The secondary reason is because, like a lot of people, I resist change. But let’s not dwell on that now.

Instead, let me tell you why I think being involved with social media is a wonderful thing.

Facebook not only allows me to share funny memes with my family and friends but more importantly, it gives me an idea of what is happening outside of my rural farmhouse bubble. The most interesting posts in my News Feed come from PBS, mental_floss, and iflscience.

Pinterest and Instagram provide hundreds of beautiful pictures that fuel my dreams (and are a superb way to escape reality on random tangents for hours at a time).

I recently discovered that LinkedIn has groups for just about every profession. I’ve already learned a lot of useful information in the conversations posted on the author support forums. I love that my geographical location doesn’t exclude me from the discussions (and I can read and comment in the middle of the night while wearing pajamas and no one seems to mind)!

And finally, since my blog is published using WordPress, I can literally share my posts with the whole wide world! No kidding. Did you know that in the first three weeks of April, my Musings have been read in Brazil, India, Mexico, Greece, Portugal, Argentina, Italy, Philippines, and Ukraine?! I find that exciting, amazing, humbling, and simply wonderful. My stretch goal is to get readers from every country in the world during my first year (tally so far, February 18 through yesterday: 20 down, 176 to go). So be please share my posts with your international friends, especially in Central America, Africa, and Scandinavia.

Of course, I invite you to “follow me” on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google Plus. (There are easy-to-access links in my website’s footer.)

 

If there’s an up-and-coming app I should know about, please leave me a comment.

~ Phoebe DeCook

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