Navigating Social Media without a compass!
I have written before about my entry into the field of all things social, late in life compared to most. My earlier post,Too Old to Blog??, talked about how I felt coming into it all at the age of 50plus. This is an update!
Trying to understand Social Media is time consuming!
I started this journey in order to promote my books. Loving Eric & the Anxiety Workbook. I felt that they had something to say to help people but that nobody knew they existed. I went on training courses, watched videos, joined blogging groups for tips. I did what I always do, I researched what I did not understand. I gathered information and tips, I followed others in my field and followed those that were not but had achieved the exalted status of being an influencers in this new market place. I watched Stories and read posts. I commented and engaged frequently, whilst realising that most peel just add an emoji and fail to answer the questions posed by the author of the posts. I discovered that this did not matter, any comment is a good comment.
I then threw myself into this strange party, sidling in from the shadows feeling like an uninvited guest who was arriving late, lingering in the shadows, watching the games being played out the glare of public life by the young and the beautiful, the filtered images assaulting my senses. I attempted to find my voice in this cacophony of noise and visual stimulation that felt so alien to how I live my life, for I am a naturally private person who has never felt that need to overshare my life with others. I have tried projecting myself from the shadow into the chaos of writhing bodies who already dominate & own the dance floor, who sparkle and shine in diamonds and glitter. Even as every fibre of my being said, ‘NO, this world is not for you’. I have continued on, making slow shuffling steps that are a parody of the complex dance moves of more accomplished bloggers/vloggers.
One step forward in social media..2 back..
I have become a little disheartened. I have taken on board advice, I do videos (quite like them!), in my car, in my home..wherever really. I have shared personal events as much as I feel comfortable doing, I update my Stories every day, mixing it with written texts of great wisdom (!) or videos about life events as they happen. I have tried to be real, find my voice Finding my Voice!, be wise and share some of what I know. I have used all of my #, used a # generator and a # shuffler, I use # with millions and ones with 1000’s..I am shaking it up. It is making me feel anxious! This blog now needs me to read it! Anxiety Stops Us Enjoying Life..
The fact remains that my growth on fb is small and my followers on Instagram have no traction. My numbers float up and down in a maddening way, for no apparent rhyme or reason. I actually steadily increased my followers more organically when I paid less attention. I now rest below the 400 mark on Ig and seem set to remain ever thus.
Understanding Social media..
Well I do not understand it all! I am writing this blog because I write to get my thoughts out of my head and also because I have just watched a video on We Blog North about SEO’s…hence the headings and transparent words used in them. We shall see how it goes..