Balancing The Demands of Social Media for Bloggers
Question: What is more demanding? Your kids or your social media to do list? Please comment!
I’m not sure why Artchoo! thinks I am good at balancing social media but I think it’s because I posted on Camp Mom with a lovely organized schedule. A plan, though, is much different from reality as you’ll note when I also posted on my first week of Camp Mom. Still, I appreciate her optimism and I can give you an ideal schedule for a perfect world.
I’ve asked other bloggers to help me out with their tips and tricks. My SEO Consultant to Mommy Bloggers juggles 4 kids with multiple blogs, and wide social media presence and her SEO consulting work. I have no idea how she does it.
Vanita Cyril: I’m usually reading blog posts at 4am with my morning coffee. To share my favorite reads on twitter and facebook at a time when sane people are awake and will see it, I use BufferApp to schedule my shares on both platforms. After initial sign up, I create my schedule of the times I want my tweets and facebook recommends to go out (this can be adjusted from the dashboard at anytime) and then moving forward, all I have to do is click the Buffer icon in my browser whenever I want to share a page. The only draw back is having to add twitter handles manually to note the blogger within the tweet.
Capability:Mom: HootSuite is a fave and trying out SocialBro and Buffer but not part of routine yet sometimes checking out and engaging in real life without fake life makes it more authentic, too. Only bots are 24/7 on-line so even expressing you are taking a break is good sometimes. Love the Pin It button [for Pinterest] and HootSuite for easy sharing,
Please chime in and share anything you do that helps you work more efficiently as you traverse the vast social media time suck out there called blogging, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Google +, Instagram, Stumble Upon, blogger communities, LinkedIn, You Tube, Tumblr, etc.
Thanks so much for sharing!
1) Scan email for anything important and do this first
2) Quickly deal with emails that need 1 easy action like follow back Pinterest followers or LinkedIn requests. Do the 1 thing and then delete the email.
3) Make your To Do list for the day of the 1-3 things you really want to get done. Make these actionable items like Write 3 Blog Posts and set up Instagram account.
4) Now ignore the rest of your emails. Yes, ignore. Email is a black hole that can suck you in all day.
Morning – 1 to 2 hour
If your mind is flexing its creative muscles, write your posts. Keep writing until your eyes start to cross or no more than 2 hours.Now take a break. Walk the dog, go the grocery store, run those errands that you have every day. During this time, particularly walking the dog time, I find that I can write posts in my head which is then fairly fast to type up at a later date. Eat lunch.Afternoon – 1 -2 hours or whatever you have
Finish up your To Do list in whatever time you have left before the kids come home.Afternoon – 1 hour but chopped up into 5 to 15 minute increments
Do mindless audience building like following and unfollowing followers on Twitter/BlogFrog/Pinterest etc. or adding more peeps to Facebook … you know what I’m talking about. Do this while you are multi-tasking other things like boiling water for pasta, waiting for kids to get ready for next activity, or overseeing play dates that are going smoothly.Evening – 1 Hour
Crank through your batched emails now. I like to queue up all the email feeds of blog posts I want to read and crank through them. I read them, leave a comment and social media the blogs in my Blog Exposure Group plus any great posts I run across. I also check my Twitter account and try to clear out my email box for the day.
Evening – 1 Hour
If I can’t sleep and my mind is racing, I’ll write some posts. Otherwise, I might read or go to bed. Every now and then when I can’t fall asleep, I’ll tackle a Bucket #3 project, maybe no more than once a month. Once I’ve figured this THING out, I’ll add this to my daily maintenance.
So what does that really mean? I’ve added creating my own BlogFrog community and posting to Bloggy Moms to daily maintenance though it’s taken me two years to figure these out. I want to add an Instagram account to my iPhone and figure out what to do with that. Ditto for Tumblr. And I’m still figuring out how to edit video on YouTube. I’ve built my Pinterest account to 1850+ followers so I’m leaving this on maintenance for now but I had spent the better part of a month building my community and pinboards.