Back in early August, I attended my first ever blogging conference, BlogHer, in New York City. For three days I attended a whirlwind of events and seminars on blogging along with 5,000 other bloggers. It was overwhelming yet months later I realize I did learn some important things. One topic that was predominant at the conference was the importance of using social media in connection with your blog.
I have always dreaded social media. Years ago, before I started this blog I had a Facebook account which lasted only a few months before I deleted it. Quite frankly, I wasn’t enjoying what I was seeing or reading. It seemed to me like a lot of banal stuff like “washed my hair today” or “my husband got a big promotion”, etc. No offense to my wonderful Facebook friends. It just wasn’t me and more importantly, I wasn’t using Facebook the way I I’d enjoy it.
Fast forward a few years later, I started my blogs thirdeyemom and thethirdeyeworld and realized that Facebook would be a great tool for sharing my posts with my friends, many of whom did not know I was a writer. I realized it was a great way to reconnect, share my stories and get feedback.
At BlogHer, there was much debate about using your personal Facebook account with your name versus having a Facebook page specifically for your blog. Some people thought the two should be separate but others disagreed. I thought long and hard about the topic as I am generally a relatively private person and came to the conclusion that it really didn’t matter. I do not share my personal life story on Facebook and basically was sharing the same kind of information as I did on my blog. Thus, I decided that Facebook would be a wonderful tool for me to continue to share my voice with friends and followers. It was also time to develop a Facebook page where I could really get to know my readers and share information.
Here is why I love Facebook pages and why I want to grow my page for Thirdeyemom:
- Facebook pages are for causes and organizations you want to follow. How cool is that? You can stay up to date with everything you want to know on something you love and enjoy. For instance, I “like” Save the Children, UNESCO and other travel pages. I get the daily feeds in Facebook and can keep up with the latest information.
- Facebook pages allow you direct access with not only the organization but with other like-minded people. For example, I’ve “liked” Nicholas Kristof (New York Times columnist and author of “Half the Sky”) and he has used his page to truly dive into big issues with his audience. It is awesome.
- My Facebook page will allow me to better connect with my readers and for you all to connect with me. Have a post you want to share or a photo or story? Simply paste it on my page. A better dialogue will be able to form that is not possible in blog comments.
So this is my new attempt. To truly boost up my Facebook page and use it more as a resource of information and way to connect more with you all.
What is the best way to start? By liking my page! Please do so and let the dialogue start. If you have a Facebook page, please let me know as well by leaving the link in the comments below.
Here is a sample of the site….more photos and stories to be shared soon at www.facebook.com/thirdeyemom. P.S. I also have a personal page too under my name which isn’t as interesting as my page! But you are welcome to join that too!
Do you have a Facebook page for your blog that you would like to share?