It's hard to believe, but on January 23rd, MPB turned six -- six!
How did that happen?
The blogosphere has certainly changed a lot since then. Today it seems there are more social media platforms than ever before. I've chosen to participate in some enthusiastically, dragged my feet with others, and rejected a few too (Tumblr anyone?).
Here's what I do participate in and how I use it. BTW, it seems to be a matter of some dispute whether a blog is actually a form of social media. I think it is -- it's a type of online forum, right? -- but today I'm writing about social media platforms people use to promote a blog, or to expand its reach or expression.
I probably don't do as much with Facebook as I could. I generally post a link to my most recent blog post there because I know that's where a lot of readers follow me. It can also be a fun place for to leave short comments (I read them) or to message me directly.
I've always found Facebook to be a little bewildering, and I don't understand why some posts reach a lot of people and others do not. Perhaps I could invest more time in it and get more out of it. Thoughts?
I've been a member of Pinterest for nearly four years. It took me a while to join because initially, you may recall, you had to be invited by someone who was already a member. It seemed like a hassle.
I've enjoyed Pinterest a lot. I've found it to be a great place to archive visual ideas I have for projects, or to create an easy-to-access (and share) record of my sewing projects or obsessions-of-the-moment. Now that the Powers at Pinterest have started suggesting images I might like ("Picked for you"), rather than just allowing me to see only posts by people I follow, I find it less enjoyable. There are an infinite number of images out there, but it seems Pinterest picks many of the same ones for me (presumably based on what they think I'm interested in). No more Lucille Ball, please!
I have never used Twitter to do anything other than to post a link to my latest blog post. Twitter has never felt like a good fit, frankly -- maybe I'm just too long-winded -- and I'm not sure how other sewing bloggers use it.
If you use it, what do you like about it?
I truly enjoy Instagram. I didn't join till last Spring because I didn't own a smart phone. Now that I have one, I almost always have a camera on-hand. I love being able to post images of what I'm up to and to see what other people are doing.
What's great about it for me is that it's immediate and I don't feel limited to posting just sewing-related images, though I often do. It's fun to share other aspects of my life: my family, my dogs, food, curious things I come across during a dog walk, and so much more. It doesn't require planning and it's totally spontaneous. It's also fun to go back and look at photos I've posted in the past, or to use hashtags to see who else is posting photos of chihuahuas (or Elna Grasshoppers), for example.
YouTube has changed a lot since I started blogging in early 2010. I used to make a lot of short sewing-related videos and hope to continue to do more, but I find that they are very time-consuming to do well. I enjoy watching other people's video tutorials, but I don't create many of my own. I had a weekly vlog the summer before last, but eventually I ran out of steam.
What else? Even before I had a blog of my own, I was very active on Pattern Review, which I think is a terrific place for sewers to interact with each other. BurdaStyle was another sewing site I enjoyed and where I posted sewing projects and wrote occasional articles.
You can run the risk of over-posting a sewing project as well as under-posting. Once someone has seen something on a blog, they may not want to see it again on Pattern Review (the reverse is equally true: it depends on which sites you visit most frequently).
And that's my social media story in a nutshell.
How about you?
Which social media platforms do you enjoy most? Which are the best for following the sewing adventures of your friends or for sharing your own?
Do you ever feel like if one more social media outlet gets invented you'll dump it all and go back to your manual typewriter?
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!