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Discussion: Social Media for Readers

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I've decided that this will be the year I retire my trusty prepaid Tracfone and upgrade to a smart phone. (Yes, I've had a phone for 10 years that neither connects to the Internet nor takes pictures.) I've narrowed down my choices and am pretty sure of which I'll buy, but it has me thinking...
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There are TONS of social media platforms out there, and readers communicate on so many of them. I have a feeling a smart phone will make it easier to, say, interact on Twitter throughout the day, but I'm not sure how involved I want to be. Not that I don't love the online book blogging/reading community. I absolutely love talking books with you guys! But I stare at screens all day at work and I want to consider how much more screen time I want now, rather than getting swept up in the rush of a new shiny toy.
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Since starting this blog, I've cut back on my Goodreads participation and made a greater point of leaving comments on others' blog posts. I have two Twitter accounts, one theoretically for the blog and one for "me" (though I'm thinking of combining them or redistributing duties or something). I have a Pinterest account to which I pin photos here and there (usually more home libraries or bookshelves). I also post my reviews on Booklikes, and I have a (long dormant) Tumblr I'd like to give renewed purpose.

I guess, to make a long ramble short, I'm wondering how you guys decide where to draw the line. How do you make sure you don't get overwhelmed with all the blasted options out there? I love talking books, but I know me. I'll either go overboard and try to keep up with EVERYTHING, or glare at the screen and do the bare minimum. (Moderation: not my strongest quality.) How did you guys find the right balance?

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  1. Since book blogging is really what started me in on social media at all, anything I do in the way of Twitter, Facebook, et cetera is almost solely for my blog. When I post a Tweet, it's for book purposes; I have my Facebook page for my blog and only update it when I have blog stuff to say. And I set aside a time for when I am on those medias. I post my "come check out what's on my blog today!" in the morning, while I have breakfast. I save all replies and browsing for when I get home from work, and I generally am able to check Goodreads at work because I use it a lot for looking up books for customers. But I never let myself stray outside of my designated internet time. Tweets and Facebook can wait until the end of the day (or the beginning of the next day, depending on when you like to check social media). And when I'm done reading a book, I update all of that at once. So like I put a notice up on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Shelfari - all those places right along with when I update my blog on my "currently reading" status. That way, it's done, I pre-schedule my blog posts, and it's taken care of. :)

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    1. That sounds very organized! I try to restrict my blog reading/social media stuff to a set time frame after work each day, but it sometimes feels like another job with all the different sites to update and everything. I think having set time periods for all this stuff will be beneficial when the new phone comes in. And maybe condensing how many sites I use, just regularly updating the ones where I talk regularly with people? Do you find you get more hits/comments on certain outlets?

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    2. Usually the ones that I spend the most time on - like Goodreads - is where I get the most hits/comments. Twitter is nice for letting people know what's new on the blog - and it's also a great way to attention from authors. I also kind of limit which sights are just for updates, and which are for actually talking. I use Shelfari to create a "what I've read this year" bookshelf on my blog, so I don't use that for social networking - just for the widget. And I'll probably do the same thing with my future Youtube channel. Bloody Blogger doesn't like videos over 100MB, unless you upload it onto Youtube, and then onto Blogger. So I'll just use Youtube for uploading purposes. The main purpose I find for social networking is 1)meet authors, and 2)direct everyone to your blog. Always make it come back to the blog (I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir). It people want to really talk to you about books and see what's regular, go to the blog. :)

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  2. I kind of have a Pintrest but I'm obviously much more involved with Twitter. However, I'll go days without checking it and am not worried about it. My Twitter involvement is completely based on whenever I'm waiting in line or bored by conversation around me or need to take a brief break from reading a book. That might mean that I am not using Twitter to its full possibilities in terms of blog promotion, but I don't care! :D

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    1. That sounds like a great approach! No pressure, no worries. :)

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