The world of Social Media can be confusing. Many look at it as a chore. The biggest help you can give yourself is changing your mindset. If your bored it's going to be boring to your reader or your going to burn out.
Before you decide what you want to write about, post, or share take a look at where you want to concentrate your efforts.
So now when you’re prepared to go out in the virtual social world, you just need to decide which tools might be best for you. Instead of choosing what’s easiest to use, or most popular at the moment, it’s good to fit it to yours and your audience’s needs.
Here’s a little guide...
If you’re not a big talker behind your computer and you’d rather stick to sharing links, photos and quick messages, you might try Twitter or Instagram. Twitter is the kingdom of quotes, public statements and attention-grabbing shout outs, while Instagram is a goldmine of captured moments, super short films and visual appealing creations of any sort. If you prefer fast texting, instead of sending an e-mail you should definitely try one of them, or even both!
If you’d like to connect with your crowd a bit more, you might try to post your everyday stories on Tumblr or using a custom made Wordpress blog. If you don’t like to write much, but you feel like you have a lot to say, record videos and post vlogs, there’s nothing closer to having a real conversation than this. Sharing your world to the others makes you appear more authentic and open and who knows, maybe you’ll get some videos of your viewers as a comment!
If you find Instagram to be a bit too mainstream for you, you should try Flickr or Pinterest. If you search for inspirational photos and young talents, Flickr is the right place for you. Join groups to discover images from similar categories or create albums for showing a portfolio. If you’re more into style and putting together collages, you should definitely go for Pinterest. You’ll create amazing mood boards, and share your latest “Pins” with your viewers.
Connecting with the right people
If your space will be mostly used for connecting with the world and promoting your work you have some good options with Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn. Just remember to create professional looking, good information-filled profiles, that are going to be your virtual business cards and start making contacts! Share links and posts from your other accounts so your audience can multiply and grow.
Are you ready? It’s really that simple!
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