Yes....this is another post about Google Plus. If I like it so much, why don't I marry it? Well, that wouldn't make the wife happy, so...
This is going to be a touchy subject for me because I don't like to offend people.....honestly, I don't (so, don't be offended if you think this is about you). I also don't like, though, to see potential wasted so I'm just going to come out and say it.
To my blogging friends using Google Plus......
......you're doing it wrong.
There...I said it.
O.k, maybe I shouldn't say "wrong". Maybe I should say, you're not doing it to it's fullest potential.
Again.....please don't be offended...., but you're throwing some great opportunities out the social media window.
I follow quite a few of my blogger pals on Google Plus and the only time I ever see your names pop up in my stream is when you're linking to your blog, someone else's blog, or your book. Now you can say, "Hey Mark, what makes you the expert? You can't do social media "wrong"?"
Well, I guess, technically, you can't do it wrong (and I'm no expert)....everyone has their own agendas when it comes to social media. But, if you're looking to generate interest in your book, blog, whatever, some of you aren't going about it in the right manner, from what I can see.
Sort of like the Twitter advice to post more than "Buy my book!", the same holds true for Google Plus. I realize that many people have limited time they can spend online/on social media, but try to make the most of what time you do have. I mean more than "Buy my book" or "Check out my blog", continuously.
You are all such interesting people....no kidding, you are (I wouldn't follow you, otherwise), yet I scroll down your posts and you have no comments, no "plus ones", no reshares, nothing.
Because you're not putting yourself out there. You have to engage your audience. Post things about yourself. Like to cook? Throw out a recipe every once in a while? Like Roller Derby? Put up a quick post about your local team. Enjoy camping? Maybe share a quick YouTube video about starting a fire from scratch. Like writing? (Duh!) Post a graphic showing writer's success stories. Stuff like that.
These things don't have to be mind blowing, they can be pretty mundane, actually. One girl in my circles posted this, just this morning:
She got 25 +1s and 33 comments on this.....about wearing pants. Why would people comment and/or acknowledge (+1) something so silly? Well, because it was silly, because Amy engages (replies back) to her commenters as well as posting all sorts of other interesting things.
Now, if you're just on Google Plus as a lark and that other social media site that starts with an "F" and ends with a "K" (get your minds out of the gutter, you know which one I mean!), is your preferred social media site then totally just disregard everything you've read up till now (if you haven't already).
My point is, there is a HUGE audience out there, as well as some great writing communities (here , here and here), on G Plus. Engaging that audience isn't hard....it's actually quite fun....but it's going to take a little effort.
Back in March, I posted a little tutorial on using G+, which was a bit convoluted and not that well organized....but it laid out the basics. Since then, I've found an excellent introductory video on Youtube that I wanted to share. It's a bit lengthy (16 minutes), but there's some good info here.
Anywho, (if you're still with me) I hope this post didn't offend and I'm really hoping it might have helped clarify just how simple engaging and getting your message out there is, especially if you're not thrilled with the FB alternative. Regardless of what you might read, Google Plus is not a 'ghost town' and is growing by leaps and bounds on a monthly basis.
I'm still mad at them for getting rid of Reader, though....grrr...
Now, to switch things up from social media to Super Bloggers! I gave out the first Super Blogger Award a few weeks back to the Ninja Captain, himself, Alex J. Cavanaugh and, since then, I've happily seen it making it's way around the blogosphere. I thank you all for participating and helping to acknowledge those bloggers who you really enjoy.
The "rules" of this award are pretty simple:
One blogging buddy, who I think is 'super', sounds like she can fly already......Jaybird, from The Bird's Nest!
Mrs. Bird, or "J" as some call her, has one of those blogs that got me into blogging in the first place. While she talks about writing, she also talks about life. What's going on with her and her family. How she's feeling. What she has planned for the weekend. All that stuff that might be mundane, to her, but I find pretty interesting in a 'slice of life' way.
I always look forward to her posts and her comments and find her "Joisey" attitude funny and refreshing. If you haven't met her, yet, you should hop over and give her a look.
So, Mrs. Bird, please accept the Super Blogger Award and thanks for being one of my 'blogging heroes' :)