[Cam’s Bookish Tales] Social Media & The Introvert

Blogging is supposedly a safe haven for those of us who get too anxious to talk in front of a camera. Initially, I thought it would be as simple as scheduling discussions or lists, blog hopping a few times a week, and reviewing a few books. I didn’t realize then that with blog management comes brand promotion. If I wanted to grow my blog followers I would need to be active on social media like Instagram and/or Twitter.

Being a part of these communities is a learning experience but at the same time it also requires a lot of effort. I don’t mind posting pictures on bookstagram and tweeting quotes or support for bloggers but I’ve found that this isn’t enough for growth. Reading tips on building a social media following continuously advice bloggers to be a little more personal with their content.

Now I did take this tip seriously…for a while. I captioned my Instagram posts with updates of my day or week, I posted what I was currently reading and my thoughts, I ranted, I raved, I went with the flow. I wrote preppy captions every time I posted. I asked questions. I answered questions. On and on.

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It was exhausting, I tell you. I didn’t like it very much. In spite of my bubbly nature, I’m a very private person. I can’t simply go on Twitter to vent about my crappy thesis or post an IG caption about a shopping spree. This isn’t to make fun of the people who do, mind you.

I just feel there is a lot of pressure on bloggers to be an active part of every single social media; it’s like we’re being asked to become social media mermaids.

Personally, I don’t think I can step away from it because I’ve come to find it beneficial for my blog plus it also keeps me in touch with other bloggers. I guess, for me, it comes down to understanding what I can and cannot do with social media.

Part of it is brand promotion, but it’s mostly about connection for me. I keep a steady balance between personal and professional in my spaces. I find that it actually works better than simply throwing my wayward thoughts out there. I’m more happy conversing with friends and posting short reviews, uploading creative photos when the time permits.

At the end of the day, I should remember not to compromise my identity for a virtual identity. As much as I love my blog and my readers, there’s a limit to what I will share with the world.

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Is it possible to have a strong blog following without Instagram and Twitter? What are your thoughts on social media presence? Do you struggle with it?

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18 thoughts on “[Cam’s Bookish Tales] Social Media & The Introvert

  1. Ohhh I love this post so much. Being present on my blog alone is hard sometimes, I don’t have the energy to reply to comments and such. I’ve given up on Instagram a long time ago because I saw how bad for my mental health it was, so the only other presences I have are GR and Twitter, and I try to be as honest about myself as I can be, without oversharing. For example, my Twitter is *my* place. If you’re there because of my blog then that’s great, but I’m not going to stop talking about my comic and anime fandoms, making up silly headcanons, retweeting fanart and recommending fanfiction I’ve read. That’s what I have to do in order to not hate having a social media presence that is also somewhat linked to my blog. Basically, I don’t try to be all about promoting my blog content, I just make my own Twitter content and figure that if someone likes that then they’ll check out my blog too. If not or if they don’t have a blog themselves, I’ll still have gained mutuals and friends.
    When it comes to number of followers, I found that one great way to get them is by participating in discussions, both on Twitter and on your blog itself. Of course, that’s not something that works for everyone, as it can be very emotionally draining and there’s always the chance that someone will disagree with you or be all sorts of unpleasant.
    These are just little tips that work for me, but I hope they help somehow and that you find what works best for you!

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    1. First of all, I love this comment a lot! You’ve made so many great points here. I get what you’re saying and I’m gonna work on making Twitter MY space. I understand how social media badly affects our mental health, so I do hope you’re taking care of yourself! Thank you for the tips!

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  2. this is such a great post! i feel this way a lot of the time. i actually started my bookstagram before my blog, so at this point it feels inextricably linked. i’ve taken a few hiatuses from it but i always feel obligated to come back, and that’s not always the best feeling. sometimes i do enjoy it, though? it’s complicated. i really appreciated reading your thoughts on it!

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  3. I love bookstagram, but I’ve always kept it sort of separate from my blog. For Facebook and Twitter, all I’m really doing is linking back to blog posts – and it’s exhausting! I totally feel you.

    Props to you, though. You have a very distinct blog “brand” that I get just from following your posts!

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  4. I agree, sometimes I feel you do need a big social media presence to help your blog get to that next level, but I still don’t do it enough, yet anyway. I don’t have the smart phone needed for instagram, and I just don’t get twitter! I feel like I get pretty personal in my blog, but there are still things I don’t really talk about. Sometimes I feel pressure to be more present on social media, but I try not to think about it too much! For now, it’s just not really for me.

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    1. Exactly how I feel. Bookstagram is a lot of pressure especially for someone who is constantly busy. Most of the time I simply take minimalistic photos. And twitter is for supporting other bloggers. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to be personal on those platforms. Thank you for commenting!

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  5. This is such a great post, Cam, I love it so much. I have been struggling a lot with twitter, especially lately, because just like you, I’m not the kind of person that will post everything I’ve been up to and rant or talk all the time about everything random and / or bookish. It’s just not part of my personality and I don’t know, I just can’t seem to do it. I don’t want to be someone I am not.
    I don’t think that having a big social media following has consequences on your blog following. Unfortunately, I think that publishers are looking at that when it comes to giving ARCs, from what I’ve seen and understood, yet I don’t think that the two, social media and blogging, have to be so dependant on each other, in a way? From experience: I don’t know how I managed to get a pretty incredible amount of followers on twitter (1K, nothing, really, when you see other book bloggers sometimes) and it has been growing a little bit lately ;; yet… my blog followers have been growing ever since before and independantly from my relationship to social media. It has been growing because of my presence on blogs and blog hopping, I think 🙂
    Anyway that was such a lovely post, Cam ❤

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  6. This was a really interesting post to read.
    I don’t have a blog that I try to promote which is why my solution might not be for everyone, but i split it all up. My Tumblr is purely my writing, my Twitter is about the games I play and the podcasts I listen to and my IG is culture like books and art and cities I visit. My WordPress is very inactive cause I tried it for my writing but quickly grew tired of trying to promote my writing on two different platforms.
    I find it very tiring to do the same thing on different platforms, I felt less genuine whenever I repeated myself on twitter after posting about a book on Instagram. Sure sometimes things end up on different platforms, but now it’s a natural thing, a reaction to something else instead of copy pasting my post to get it on three different platforms quickly.

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  7. Oh gosh I relate to this SO MUCH! I’ve tried with SM, but pfff it’s really hard. I have respect for people who do it, but it’s not really me. I think what you said at the end- “I should remember not to compromise my identity for a virtual identity”- is so important! Wonderful post!

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  8. That’s one thing I learned about the world (and society) when I started working in marketing – nobody cares what you have to say to them, if it’s not going to help them. People will only listen if it’s ABOUT THEM. So never make your communication about yourself – only about others. That’s the way psychology works xD I’m glad I didn’t have to learn this… I knew this before I started blogging, and that’s why I think some things were easier for me.

    But yeah… Social media takes soooo much energy and time! But in the end, I still think it’s fun. Remembering all those people individually just makes me so happy 🙂 like you! There’s definitely an inner circle 🙂

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    1. Okay, that is a very helpful tip! I need to keep that in mind when working through my social media. I’m especially stumped when it comes to Twitter because, besides Goodreads updates and tweeting blog posts, I never know what else to say! You seem to have gotten the hang of it thought! Care to write a blog post on that? 😉

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  9. I used to have twitter and I used to sign up for anything new but now I think I can’t do it. everything’s so fast-paced, I always fear I couldn’t keep up. I’m happy with my little blog even if only a few people knows it.

    have a lovely day.

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