4 Ways to Share Your Blog With The World
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We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth. -Virginia Satir
When you think of it we all are content creators whether you have a blog or website. What some people get paid to do, that is, journalists and professionals, with all the time and resources at their disposal, we on the other hand create time our of our busy schedules to think of ideas, research where necessary and take photos, all to add to a post to publish. The very beauty of blogging is that most people do it because they love to share their time, skills, and passion to the world. Blogging is an escape of sorts and a close knit community where everyone is looking after each other.
In the real world, it would amount to bloggers getting notified and coming over to your house to check out a new sofa you have bought. Sofa, being a new post. Each individual looks it over, commenting on this and that, and they eventually leave. On the flip side, you will also visit their home (blog) and discuss their new post. It all seems lovely, no?
On to today's post. When you finish publishing a new post, do you share it elsewhere on social media for instance?. I know bloggers have different processes, some just publish and it ends there, while others tend to share elsewhere. For me, I make use of social media tools like Twitter, and Google+. And more recently, Bloglovin and Facebook. The idea is to not only share on various platforms, but also to interact with new people and connect with other bloggers.
As uninteresting as it sounds, Google Plus is actually a great social media platform. With millions of users and thousands of communities it offers an ideal way to further share your content. You can basically search for any topic you can think of or just scroll through the recommended communities. Search displays a ton of related communities which you can join or ask to join depending on the community rules put in place by the moderator(s). The good thing is that many allow content to be posted and shared -which you can link back to your blog or website.
But the best thing about Google+ is it allows you to have a following, and also follow other interesting people. This is called a circle. You can choose what to share and with whom to share on Google+. And you can connect your blog to Google+, enabling your new posts to automatically appear on your public profile page.
The only downside is that you must have a gmail account to access Google+. What I have also seen are some blogs where their comment section has been restricted to Google+ users only. This is limiting, as only a visitor with a Google Mail account can leave a comment. But as far as Google + goes, if you don't have a Google mail account you may have to create one in order to access this service. The benefits far outstrip this little inconvenience. Here is a resource link to get you started -if you haven't already.
Twitter is another great place to share and promote your latest blog post to your followers. The post can be linked back to your blog further engaging with visitors. If you don't have an account, its pretty easy to set, just a few clicks and you are good to go. As with all things, moderation is the key when tweeting links. However, it is not all about just posting links or sharing content, you can also interact with followers from time to time. You can also add your blog or website link to your bio. Lastly, you can also put your twitter content on your blog or website. When signed in, go to the twitter widget settings to get things started.
Facebook has just recently surpassed the 2 Billion monthly users mark. That is a tremendous milestone indeed. So what better way is there than to share your content on the biggest online platform?. I have only just started using the 'Page' tool. You create your own page for your brand and basically just share content, invite users, and monitor the insights with the tools provided by Facebook. On the other hand, if you don't want to create a page, you can just post directly to your main Facebook profile. And you can even link your blog to Facebook and have new posts appear on your profile page.
This is a platform that allows you to discover new blogs or follow your favourite ones. After you are all signed up -which is very easy, you can then go about searching for blogs by topic, and you can even link your blog to the platform, and have all your latest posts appear there and easily accessible by anyone searching for a particular topic or content. I have not used this service for long, but it appears to be a great way of connecting with known bloggers and discovering blogs similar to yours. On the right hand side of my page, I have included my Bloglovin' icon for easy following.
Lastly, this is by no means a comprehensive list. These are just the four main platforms that I use at the moment and thought to share. If you are new to any of these, it can be hard to wrap your mind around initially. You will have to learn as time goes by.
These platforms offer a chance to share your ideas and passion, grow your readership while interacting with more people than ever before -but only if you want to take that chance.
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