I’ve been blogging here for a little over a year and on my other blog for almost 8 years now. In the last couple of years, I’ve managed to learn a lot about blogging, writing, commenting and sharing. I don’t claim to be an expert in blogging (heaven forbid!), yet there are lessons I have gleaned for sure.
For one thing, it’s heartening to know that people read what I write. For another, it’s gratifying to learn that people will leave detailed and well thought-out comments. My latest post ‘Should I comment on a mean post?‘ is great testimony to both those points.
In this period, I have also experimented a lot. I’ve done blog hops, challenges, link ups, joined writing groups, received awards from fellow bloggers and even become a part of blogging groups (I actually even run one myself now, together with a few others). I still do some of the above actually, particularly challenges and enjoy them a great deal.
As part of my journey, I discovered Twitterfeed. It’s a nifty tool that auto shares your posts to Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin, based on your RSS feed. It is a one-step process that takes about 5 minutes to configure and you’re all set. Initially, I set it up for just my blogs.
Later, I discovered that this could be done for the RSS feed of anyone’s blogs! That looked really wonderful! I mean, think about it: A blogger you follow gets immediately notified that you have shared the post she’s written, almost as soon as she’s clicked on ‘Publish’. It’s such a high-inducing state of mind.
This also reminded me of the dopamine-inducing state of happiness that a Facebook ‘like’ can create and this fascinating study by Elan Morgan.
So, you’d be surprised to know that a couple of days ago, I deleted all blogs from my Twitterfeed account, bar my own and one blog on writing prompts.
Why, you ask? Well, there are a few reasons:
- An RT or Retweet is technically an endorsement of sorts. Yes, I’ve seen people say ‘RTs are not endorsements’ on their Twitter bios, but frankly I have never been able to wrap my head around that one. If I have retweeted an article or a blog post, suffice to say that I am in support of what has been expressed in said article/post. Assuming that I would never necessarily be in complete agreement with what everyone says at all times, because that’s just impossible, it felt wrong for me to auto-RT a post without having actually read it.
- I am far more wary about sharing posts/articles on Facebook or Google Plus, because I worry about cluttering people’s news feeds or their notifications tab. Why should it be any different for Twitter? I notice that some Twitter profiles are purely Retweets. While I am nobody to tell you how to run your social media presence, I do think that carefully placed retweets with perhaps a note are far more effective than a programmed auto-tweet.
- Social media is part promotion and part engagement. If I merely used Twitter or Facebook as promotional portals, I wouldn’t really be able to connect with people who read posts. An auto-tweet takes social interaction out of the equation.
- Would I be okay with people retweeting my posts without reading them? To be honest, no. I would prefer it if they actually read the post, felt a connection with it and then chose to share it with their followers or friends.
- Reading every blog on my blogroll becomes practically impossible in a given week. There are days that I go without reading any blogs at all. Other days I find myself reading 15 on the trot. I like this uncertainty a lot and if a post speaks to me, I immediately share my gratitude- in the form of a retweet.
- As we evolve as bloggers, it compels me to have to say this. Good writing must be appreciated. Great writing must be applauded. Incredible writing deserves to be shared. As writers and bloggers, we must strive for excellence in what we do. We ought not to be content with hastily written posts; or at the very least, write but review them before publishing.
So, there you have it. Going forward, if you see your post shared, retweeted, pinned or ‘Liked’ via my social media profiles, you can be sure that I mean what I say.
What’s your take on this?
Do you auto-tweet or share posts on social media?