The people who know me or follow me know that I have a lot of social media accounts. I am also a very busy person lately, so sometimes I get asked how I deal with all my accounts, especially when my life gets busy. So I thought I’d do a blog post on it.
I have been having some medical problems which has made changes to my lifestyle in terms of how I do some things. And I have started working at a nursery so it is very busy for me! But I enjoy doing all that stuff and, luckily for me, I also love doing the internet side of my life: my writing, my blogging, my internet surfing – I love it. I mean, if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be doing it!
Here’s a list of social medias I do actually use: Facebook, Twitter, Wattpad, WordPress, Goodreads, YouTube, Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram. I believe that is all of the social media platforms I am on. I also have multiple accounts on some of these platforms so you can imagine it’s a lot to handle.
Let’s start with WordPress. I have two blogs on there and at one point these blogs used to be the same one, but I decided to split them up. I have a book blog and then I have a blog for my writing and author side. For my book blog, I work with various promotional companies so I am posting on my blog near enough everyday and it takes a lot of time. Thankfully, scheduled posts are a brilliant thing and I can write and upload these in advance so I don’t have to worry about posting them when needed because they are already scheduled. To be honest, I only realised you could schedule posts about two months ago; before that, I was doing it all when they needed to be posted. That took a lot of time up so thank God for scheduled posts!
For my writing blog I am not that consistent which is kind of bad, but when I do post, I usually have scribbled on paper what I want to post on the blog. It’s always good to have ideas when trying to handle all your social medias.
Luckily for me, WordPress also posts to various sites. My blogs post go to both of my Facebook pages. The problem with that is Facebook doesn’t like sharing posts with links, so it takes more time to manage in order for people to be able to see the post. But if I’m honest, I usually just leave it to my WordPress to post for me and then I just share the posts on my personal Facebook account. Facebook is the hardest for me because of the new rules of not sharing links and just hiding your pages.
Now for Tumblr.
I am not going to lie: I have no clue how to use this but I have it anyway (mainly because I look for The Sims Custom Content), but in terms of posting, I’m not that good. I usually let my other social media accounts post for me! One day I’ll learn how to use Tumblr.
I use Twitter for everything: ranting, tweeting about books, or writing, or The Sims. Although Twitter is a brilliant source for reaching readers and other authors, it’s also brilliant for ranting or retweeting random things like I do. I feel like Twitter is a lot more relaxing than the other social media and that I can tweet more silly stuff which is why I love it. Twitter has to be one of my favourite social medias and also ways to pass and waste time. I always have Twitter open on my browser and the app open on my phone so I can go on it.
Wattpad is where I post my stories and interact with some of my followers and I use Goodreads to show people what I am reading and it is honestly my life saviour when I need to remember what I have already read.
I have two channels on YouTube.
My first channel is ABookHaven and I post videos of my reading, as well as writing. I usually try to upload every week, but at the moment I am trying to upload every day, because I’m participating in a writing challenge and decided to vlog it. But it’s not easy to keep up with the schedule sometimes, especially when you have to sit down and film, as well as edit; it’s very time consuming! I also have another channel called SamanthaSims and if you didn’t guess it, I upload The Sims content on there. I don’t upload much on there as it’s a second channel and with me being busy that one tends to suffer more than the others.
I love my Instagram, but I don’t actually promote myself on there; I just like to post random things: my doggy, books, my writing and, you know, food, because who doesn’t love looking at food?
One thing about social medias and posting there: if it isn’t fun, don’t do it.
If you aren’t enjoying it, you should just stop. From July to September I didn’t update my YouTube channel at all because I wasn’t feeling like it. It’s okay if you don’t enjoy them; just take a break until you feel like doing it. I’m doing it for fun and I think as long as you know what you are doing it for, you can handle it all!
You will need some kind of planning system when it comes to dealing with your social medias. Whether you use a list, an app, or just plain old pen and paper to keep track – you’ll need it. If not to keep track of when you post, then what you are posting, because it’s not good if you post duplicate content. Maybe even keep a notebook of what you have posted on what platform on what day so you don’t accidently repeat things more than once a couple of months or a year down the line.
Scheduled posts will become your best friends. I think all but Twitter and Instagram don’t do scheduled posts (I could be wrong). But these things will be your friends, if you have other commitments like work or school, or family. Scheduled posts are a life saver. Use them!
Sticky notes are fun to use, especially for scribbling down your ideas for your posts and again keeping track of everything. I felt that sticky notes needed their own paragraph because they are fab.
So, there’s a few tips as to how to handle all your social medias. To be honest it’s more about what works for you. I have tried so many of them and not all of them will work for you and how your brain may process things. Sometimes I’m not even sure I handle them all that great, but don’t stretch yourself!
Find Samantha here:
- Book blog
- Author Blog
- YouTube (books and writing)
- YouTube (The Sims)
- Twitter (@SamanthaJayne_x)
- Facebook page
- Author Facebook page
- Instagram (@samanthajayne_x)