Earlier this month I went to a Social Media Masterclass, run by the fab guys at Glossybox. When I saw the event advertised I was in two minds about whether I should go. On the one hand I saw it as a great opportunity to meet people who were far more experienced bloggers than I was, as well as picking up some tips on how I could do things better. On the other hand I thought maybe I’d feel really out of place, because to be honest even after a year of blogging, I still don’t really have a clue what I’m doing!
In the end I just thought ‘why not’, it’s something new and it’s an opportunity to learn something and I’ve got nothing to lose. Well, I’m SO happy that I made the decision to go It’s really opened my eyes to the potential opportunities that are out there. The question is now, what do I do with all the information and all the things I’ve learned?
Before I went to this event I was really naïve about the whole social media thing. I’m the type of person who really only uses social media platforms for general every day stuff, posting random updates that don’t mean anything to anyone but me. And I’m generally just followed by, and I follow, my friends. I genuinely didn’t appreciate the potential that was behind social media for either creating and growing your own brand, or for just using it in a more productive way on a personal level. It really is a whole other world!
After I left the event I had so many ideas about things I wanted to do both with this blog and on social media, which was great. But all of those ideas were in a complete muddle in my head and I couldn’t possibly have written them down in order to make sense of them. So over the past three weeks I’ve been starting to unscramble my thoughts to figure out whether getting further involved in the social media side of things is something I want to do.
And after thinking about it a lot, I’ve pretty much come to the conclusion that it is something I’d like to explore further, just to see whether it’s for me or not. I’d like to see what opportunities are out there and what comes of it. But first I need to figure out what my actual purpose is for doing it and what I want my social media accounts to become. Because if I don’t do that it really is just not going to work. I’d then feel like someone that’s trying to make her way in a world that didn’t make sense and I’d be uncomfortable.
What I don’t want to do is to just randomly start posting every 5 minutes about stuff that no one really cares about just for the sake of posting something. All the people I met at the social media event and have subsequently followed on social media all have a particular ‘thing’ that they have a passion for and that they blog or post about. And it’s working for them. And that’s what I need to do. I have things that I’m passionate about and things that I believe in. I just need to figure out how to match that to enhancing my social media presence in what I would consider to be the right way. And naturally the first place to start is with this blog and seeing how I can link this to my other social media accounts.
What I also don’t want to do is just go after loads and loads of followers just to boost my numbers! One really good point that was made at the event was it was quality over quantity. It’s better to have followers that are engaged with you rather than hundreds of followers that don’t ever like anything you post. And personally I would also rather just have 10 followers that were actually interested in me and genuinely liked me than have 100 followers who didn’t care.
There are a few things that I know are going to be a challenge for me if I’m to make something good out of my attempt to enter the social media world properly. They are:
Putting the effort in – I know full well that being a really good blogger you do have to put lots of time and effort into making it work. I work full time in quite a pressurised job and so the only time I can really properly concentrate on this stuff is in the evenings and at weekends. Generally at the moment I just like to do nothing in the evenings as that’s my chill time. Plus I’m just lazy!!
Get involved and networking – I’m quite an awkward person (I don’t mean to be, I just am!) and I sometimes, not always, find it hard to speak to new people. And being a good blogger means networking, getting to know other bloggers, and taking the time to read, like and comment on their blogs and posts. I’ve always tried to not spend very much time on social media, but if you don’t read other peoples work, you can’t expect them to read yours!
Confidence – I’ve learnt over the past few weeks and months that doing more on social media does mean you have to have some level of confidence. My problem is that I’m always really conscious about what I post on social media because I don’t want people to think I’m stupid or that I post pointless stuff, or laugh at what I do post. But on the flip side of that, your social media accounts are all about you and what you want to make of them so it shouldn’t matter what others think. They can always unfollow you! Plus, my philosophy in life is that you are who you are and if you’re genuinely happy with the person that you are, you shouldn’t let anyone criticise you for it. I just need to keep remembering that!
I don’t know whether I’ll be able to keep it all up, whether people will be remotely interested in me and my simple life and whether I’ll be any good at it – whatever ‘it’ turns out to be!
I still have a lot of work to do and a lot of thinking and planning to do before I start going crazy on social media! And I suspect it’ll take some time for me to get used to and get in the habit of doing, so whatever I do I’ll probably start slowly and build on it. Plus I’m not in any rush. Social Media will still be there in a few months time I’m sure! But I will give it a go and I will try my best to make my social media accounts as exciting and as relevant to me as I can. Well, as exciting as they can be when you’re a fairly simple kind of person like me!
It’s exciting times, but it’s a new world for me. So here’s to trying new things and making the best of any opportunities that come your way!
Thanks for reading! 🙂