Max and Kai getting social

I mean the blog not the babys. I have an image now of both kids hitting the town mingling with the crowd ūüôā

So what exactly have I been up to:

  • Facebook¬†

This month I have really been focusing on social media as I think this will help the reach of my blog. I’ve joined a few groups on facebook and they have really helped.If you are a parent blogger with facebook then I highly recommend Uk Parent bloggers for advice and blogging banter (beware though they take their craft seriously) and The blogging mums club for posting your blogs.

Apart from joining  some new groups I have also taken part in some linkys. In the past I had no clue what they were. Basically you and other bloggers link up to others blogs. You can normally link up 2 posts and the only criteria is that you comment or retweet 2 or more of the other posts in the link.

 I always thought it sounded really complicated but its actually very simple and is a great way to drive traffic to your blog.

  • Instagram¬†

I really started upping my game on Instagram this month. The following has grown. I cant remember how many followers I had before but I think I’ve gained about 30 in the past couple of weeks. To some thats small fry but to me it was a big achievement. To have likes for my pictures going from ¬†just 1 or 2 to 30 + was amazing.

Social media is all about engagement I’ve learnt and this has also improved vastly. I post 2 images a day (mainly of the boys) with a great set of hashtags (Instagrams all about the hashtags).I keep the photos nice and bright and of a good quality ¬†(thank you s7) this seems to go down well with the crowd.

Hashtags- I never really understood the importance of hashtags. They are Instagram. These are the driving force behind people being able to find your account. Previously I would only use 1 or 2 but really you need about 30.

If you don’t want them cluttering your post you can also put these in the comments section.

Heres a selection of the ones I use:

#familyiseverything #onlylittleonce #yolo #cherisheverymoment #lifeisprecous #littlegibbo #biggibbo #letthembelittle #igmums #parentingblogger #mummyblogger #wordpressblogger #bloggerlookingforabrand #newbornlove #love #sons #mumofsons #feirceones #mumbehindthecamera #kidsofinstagram #familyof4 #lifeisshort #captureeachmoment #pixelkids #documentinglove #sleepdeprivation #sleepisforlosers
#thatsdarling #mybeautifulmess #flashesofdelight  #thehappynow
You also need to make a point of liking and commenting on other people’s posts engagement is key.

  • Twitter¬†

I made a point this month of following other bloggers on Twitter. By doing this my followers have  grown,not by much but by some. Again twitter is all about interacting and engaging. Hashtags are also key just remember you have much less space so you really need to make them count. Twitter for me is a work in progress.

Hopefully what I’ve learned with help someone else.
Blogging is a community and should be about giving back as much as taking .

What hashtags do you use? I’d love to hear from you.


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Social media bug bears

Social media can be a great tool. Especially¬†if your blogging. Sadly there’s so much about it that gets on my wick. So I thought hey why not make a post of it.

The cons

1. The likes. So I really hate it when I have to see all the crap other people like. I’ve lost count how many wedding and baby pictures I’ve seen that are complete strangers to me.

2. The memes. Ok so some are funny but the other 99 % are just plain annoying.

3. The sharing of random crap. So yesterday I watched a video of a person having there knee cut open because of a blood clot. It was gross but I couldn’t LOOK AWAY.

4.The people who like everything just for the sake of it. Totally unnessescery.

5. The suggested posts. More like the marketing ploy. These really annoy me I always start reading like a dumbass robot till I realise it’s sales.

The pros

1. It’s a great platform for blogging traffic and finding other great blogs.

2. I love seeing pictures and updates from people I actually know (unless there grumbling- yes I’m guilty)

3. It’s a great gossip tool

4. It gives you something to look at when you can’t sleep

So it’s not really all bad