#bloggingedumacation – Who are you as a Blogger?

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#bloggingedumacation - Who are you as a Blogger

I’ve been blogging over 4 years now. And over the last year or so I’ve really been trying to figure out who I am as a blogger. Do you ever ask yourself this question? Have you ever pondered who you really are as a blogger? There’s really no right or wrong answer. I promise. But I think it’s an important question to figure out or at least start the brainstorm process.

I bring this up because over the last year I’ve specifically been working at building my brand and my community. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that my brand and community have grown leaps and bounds. And it’s because I’ve brainstormed who I want to be as a blogger. I’m definitely still a work in progress but I feel like every day I’m that much closer to that image that I see in my head.

Figuring out who you are goes hand in hand with your goals too. Have you ever set blogging goals? Have you ever measured whether or not you are on target? Again, there’s no right or wrong answer. If you are a hobby blogger, you may not have a lot of goals. If you have big dreams to really be someone, make a name for yourself and your brand, then I highly recommend you set some goals. Brainstorm what it is that you want. And then make things happen.

I talk often (mostly in real life because you guys can’t hear me…duh..lol) about my blogging motto. Pull your big girl panties up real high and roll out your own red carpet. I think of this motto often and I try and make it a reality every single day. You have to make blogging what you want it to be. The sky really is the limit.

So, what are you waiting for?? Who are you as a Blogger?

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#bloggingedumacation – BEST Social Media Posting Times

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#bloggingedumacation - Best Social Media Posting Times

In this #bloggingedumacation lesson, I’m sharing the BEST Social Media posting times. Truly, these times could (and can) be argued but they are times that I find to work (for the most part…obviously the time of year can mess this all up and your time zone…I’ve yet to find someone that claims the perfect time zone). Use this as a guideline or a starting point and figure out the BEST Social Media posting times that work for you and your readers. Ultimately that’s what matters.

Google+ (are you using this platform??)
Between 9am-11am seems to be the most popular posting times for this platform. I think the jury is still out for growing your community here. Honestly, it doesn’t take that much time to push your content over there. Just do it. ;) I do it when I remember to AND I see traffic from it, so I really should make sure it’s on my social media share list every day.

Facebook (have you given up on this platform??)
lol…funny right?? In an age where your content won’t be seen without a little dough to back it up, it’s almost kind of pointless to talk about sharing times to Facebook. However, people are still using Facebook and they primarily check it before work, at lunch time, on the commute home and any breaks during the day. For the most part, people don’t have access to Facebook during the working day (what??? Facebook is blocked at work?? Shocking right?? ummmm no…#timesuck anyone??) So, time-wise those hours would be 7-9am, 12-2pm, 4-6pm -ish.

Twitter

The thing I can say about Twitter is that it is a live conversation that it happening literally 24 hours a day. There are hundreds of thousands of tweets being sent out every minute. I literally can’t even fathom that many accounts tweeting that often. Mind blowing for sure. For me, Twitter seems to be most active in the evening time, like right after work. But ultimately, it also mirrors the Facebook posting times (aka before work, during lunch, on the commute home and on breaks throughout the day)

Pinterest
Best times are definitely early in the morning (6-8am) and late at night (like think anytime after 8pm). I typically search Pinterest right when I get into bed and it appears that a lot of other people do that too. So get to posting your content at those times. #PinAllTheThings ;) LOL

Instagram
This platform seems to be relevant most of the hours of the day (just not in the wee hours of the night). There’s really not been a lot of data to show a significant difference in posting times. I’ve seen people suggest 2-3pm, but honestly, the only time that I’ve seen very little engagement is the wee hours of the night.

What times do you find work the best for you on your Social Media accounts?

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#bloggingedumacation: Blogging To-Do’s FACEBOOK

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Are you doing these Facebook Blogging To-Do's every day? Check out my tips and tricks for Facebook!

Let’s talk Facebook shall we. Facebook (for a blog) is not my favorite way to build community. Basically, if you don’t want to pay Facebook, the chances of you getting a lot of traffic is nil. It’s sad but it’s true. No money = No growth.

However, it’s still a Social Media channel that I want to maintain AND that brands still ask about. So I still think it’s important to not just ignore it completely. Here are some tips that I recommend you work on daily to help maintain (and slowly grow) your community on Facebook. Here are some of my Blogging To-Do’s for Facebook:

ONE | Post a question to your Page. It could be something fun or thought provoking. Grab the link to the question and tweet it out. Get people back to your FB page to answer the question.

TWO | Post your blog post to your Page.

THREE | Respond to any and all comments/messages left for you on Facebook. The messages area keeps changing but people are using it. So make sure you don’t go 2 months in answering those messages coming into your Page’s Message Folder! Also, responding to people’s comments (especially on the question post) gets people interacting with your page more often!

FOUR | Share something funny, helpful, etc on your Page. Find content that you know your readers will enjoy.

FIVE | Recommend at least one Page to your followers. (Bonus…coordinate with that blogger and cross-promote each other)!

For me, I post a question, my blog post and one of my blog posts from my archives. The question post by far gets me the most engagement. I see my community growing, albeit slowing, but it’s still growing. So I’ll take it. AND I didn’t have to give Facebook any money. ;) WINNING!

What do you do to help keep your Facebook page moving forward?

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