Two weeks ago I posed a question: which social media outlet should I put the majority of my time and effort behind? With the goal of expanding Satisfying Retirement blog's readership and influence I noted that Twitter no longer seemed to produce the results for me that it once did.
With only so many hours each day to dedicate to this blog and its healthy growth, there is no way I could make an adequate commitment to Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Before leaving on my three week vacation in Portland, i stocked up on books about each of the major social media choices. I did lots of on-line research. I wrote that post and asked for your feedback.
The comments were overwhelmingly in favor of Facebook. Google+ had a strong contingent of supporters. Several folks suggested Betty should put her photographs on Pinterest, while one or two thought I could benefit from this visual service. A few LinkedIn mentions and a suggestion or two to not give up on Twitter rounded out the responses. So, what did I decide?
Facebook seems to be the best match for my needs. The ability to make a special page just for Satisfying Retirement is what helps tip the scale in Facebook's favor. In fact, if you have a Facebook account and haven't done so yet, I would very much appreciate your clicking Like and giving the page your approval by clicking the Like thumbs Up symbol.
It is very easy to add people and interact with them through comments and pictures. It is easy to put each blog post on the Satisfying Retirement page for those who prefer to read whatever I have written through Facebook.
Already, I have noticed new names appearing in the comment section and quite a bit of fresh readership of older posts. So far, Facebook is performing as expected.
At least for now I am not prepared to put all my social media eggs in Facebook's basket. Google is the biggest dog in the search engine kennel at the moment. Google+ may be a bit slow out of the gate and not nearly as powerful as Facebook, but it does have the magic name.
It is quite easy to integrate several Internet functions with Google+. Readers can +google on posts and the blog if something strikes their fancy.
Unlike Facebook, I can add someone to my "circle" without waiting for them to accept my invitation. In that way I have the chance to read what others are saying and comment. If that person finds what I say to be interesting, he or she can add me into their circle of contacts.
Even so, I am not seeing a direct impact of what I have done with Google+ so far. I am going to maintain my presence there for the time being.
Pinterest is just not appropriate for my needs. I hope that Betty decides to start posting her photos here, but Satisfying Retirement has nothing to add to the Pinterest community.
Likewise, LinkedIn is excellent for those establishing a work-related profile, those searching for a job, or for a company that wants to image itself before decision makers. The target here is not retired or soon to be retired people.
I will not shut down my Twitter account and will continue to post links to new blog posts. But, the time spent to add 5 or 6 new tweets a day will cease. The immediate nature of Twitter and the change away from follower interactions means I must shift my attention elsewhere.
Twitter will remain a major player in social media, just not for me.
It has been an interesting time of experimentation and exploration. Without the extra free time that a vacation brings I doubt I could have been this thoughtful about this progress.
Of course, as a reader of Satisfying Retirement your main concern is that you continue to find something here of interest or help. I have no intention of changing that.