Saturday, January 18, 2014

{Semi} Socially Savvy

I recently took a few hours from my hectic life to sit down for lunch and talk shop with a group of my favorite local bloggers.

Shop referring to everything from TV shows and kids to page views and HTML, but that's beside the point. It was just a chance for the Southwest Arkansas Bloggers to get some real, live face time and have the chance to tap into each other's blogging prowess. One of the topics that naturally arose from this sort of conversation was that of social media. What type of post on Facebook works the best? Do you post the same photos to Instagram as you do to Facebook? Why Twitter?

The last question, naturally, was mine. All I knew about Twitter was what my publisher ran into the 2008 newsroom proclaiming as "the next big thing." All of us savvy reporters were to immediately go to this twitter thing, log on, and start tweeting our whereabouts. I did it for a few weeks. I even wrote a blog post about it. Then, I was done. It wasn't until recently that I noticed bloggers touting the site when it comes to spreading stories and reaching readers. I snagged @thebauerbunch when I decided on my new blog name/brand this summer when Life With the Bauer Boys no longer worked, but I wasn't ready to use it. It didn't make much sense. It just seemed like a never-ending stream of consciousness and only the popular were actually involved in conversation, much different than the Facebook world of comments, likes, and back-and-forth. However, with the urging of a head honcho at the state-wide Arkansas Women Bloggers, I jumped in.

Facebook is still my first love and I don't completely "get" Twitter, but it may help if my readers knew I had it. It probably sounds like I'm begging for followers, but I promise I'm not. You can see my buttons over to the right don't include Twitter, so I just wanted to put it out there. It would be just plain rude to deny you the right to follow! Click here or just search for @thebauerbunch if you want to practice your typing skills. Much like Facebook {if you're a fan}, I will notify you of blog posts, I will let you know when something funny happens, and I will give brief life updates when I'm too lazy for a proper post. I will not, however, clog up your feed. My life is not exciting enough for a tweet every five minutes. I also use this as a social media tool for my blog only, not as a personal page. Don't worry about knowing too much about me; however, if you're a reader you know too much already. C'est la vie.

So, check it out, friends. Like up on Facebook if you want, and Instagram, too! I was just as leery of Instagram when it first came out, but man it's fun. I think my kids are cute, though, so if you don't, you should just leave that one alone. One thing I try to do is no repeats on any of these three sites. If you want to see pictures I don't share on Facebook, try Instagram. If you want to hear stories I don't tweet, check out Facebook, and so on and so forth.

Obviously, you are welcome to ignore this post, but for those two or three that read and wish to follow, this one's for you! I'd be interested in what you have to say, too, especially if you have any tips to making this Twitter a fun time. Do you like it? Why is it necessary for you {blogger or not}? I don't know how long it will last, but I'm going to give it a go.

Now I'm off to wrangle my children, pack their bags and mine, and then take our youth group to one of the most fantastic events of the school year. Also, if you happen to be in our fair state's capital on Sunday and are interested, join us for the Mass for Life and/or the March for Life. Click here for more information. I hope you have big plans for the weekend, even if it's just a cup of coffee, a good book, and some quiet time. I'll be back with more stories next week.

Happy Saturday, y'all!

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