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Tuesday, April 2, 2024

IWSG: Using Social Media

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs. You can also join us on twitter using the hashtag #IWSG, or on the Facebook page.

Now, IWSG hosts have changed up the format in an effort to make it more fun and interactive. Every month, they will announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

Don’t forget to visit others that day to see their answers. Want to join, or learn more? Visit our - Sign-up List.

How long have you been blogging? (Or on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram?) What do you like about it and how has it changed?

MY ANSWER - My first Blog post was in October 2010. I joined Facebook around the same time. I was hesitant about both. A friend encouraged me to start the blog as a way to get back into my writing which I had given up for a time. I finally joined Facebook because my daughter's ballet studio only had a Facebook account instead of a web page and it was the easiest way to keep up with information about her classes and performances. While I quickly became comfortable with both platforms, I've used them to varying degrees since. Some months, I blogged nearly every day while others I only blogged a couple times a month. Sometimes I'm on Facebook and posting multiple times a day, and other times it may be weeks between visits. I joined Twitter sometime later but have barely every utilized it. I joined Instagram and Pinterest in the years that followed but utilize them in much the same pattern as Facebook. I like Facebook for keeping up with friends and family, and for checking out what other professionals are doing. I enjoy Instagram and Pinterest for checking creativity and sharing design ideas as well.

What about you? How long have you been blogging? (Or on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram?) What do you like about it and how has it changed?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You started blogging a year after I did. Never signed up for Facebook, though. I like the friendships I've formed over the years if blogging.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I started blogging a year after you. I prefer blogging the best and is where I mostly post.

Fundy Blue said...

Hi, Sylvia! Blogging is my main social media platform. I also visit FaceBook and Instagram to keep up with friends and family. Try, as I might, I can't stick to them on a regular basis. Blogging is the one thing that has stuck. I love the connections and friendships I've made blogging. Have a happy and creative April!

Janet Alcorn said...

My patterns are similar to yours - intermittent Facebooking, variations in frequency of blogging. I find it difficult to balance blogging, social media, work, writing, life... yeah. Not enough hours in the day.