I suck at social media. I really do.
I’ve been on Twitter for almost a year and a half now. In that time I’ve amassed a grand total of sixty-nine followers. (Suddenly I’m thinking “amassed” is perhaps not the best word to use…) Sometimes weeks go by without me posting (or reading) a single tweet, except for my blog posts via Publicize. Come to think of it, that probably explains my low follower counts, and the fact that for every five followers I gain I lose two. (I also don’t follow indiscriminately everyone who follow me, just like with blogs, and some people on Twitter seem to take it as an insult if you don’t immediately follow them back.)
In September last year I decided to create a Facebook page for this blog as well. In the five months since I’ve managed to get – are you ready for this? – TWENTY-FIVE FOLLOWERS. I don’t understand it. I go to much more trouble with the page than with Twitter. I’ve invited all my friends and family. I post stuff there every day. I have a widget in the footer of the blog. I guess it’s true what I’ve read somewhere on the interwebs: people are leaving Facebook. What other explanation can there be?
This year I decided I might as well have a blog on Tumblr as well. I have no idea why I did that. I haven’t the slightest idea how Tumblr works, but from the little I’ve seen it seems to consist of reblogs and likes. You can’t seem to leave comments, as far as I can tell, and it seems to be more about pictures and videos. In other words, not as fun as traditional blogging if you ask me. I’ve not found anyone on there who seems worth following, except Neil Gaiman, but all his posts just redirects to his regular blog, so I don’t even read him on Tumblr. I suppose it’s another way to get my blog out there, but to date I have zero followers and zero responses to any of my posts. But then I don’t spend any time on there, so I shouldn’t be surprised, should I.
And then, this week, I finally decided to embrace Google+ (or rather, grudgingly admit it into my life). Actually I just wanted to comment on a Youtube video posted by a friend of his daughter being silly, and Youtube informed me once again that I cannot do so unless I have my Google+ account linked. So I created a Google+ account for the blog, though Google, for some reason they only know, won’t allow me to call myself KokkieH on there. I did manage to keep my picture of me with a hammer.
I’ve managed to find a few fellow-bloggers on there and added them to my “circles” and some of them has actually added me back. I’ve managed to have the blog post to my profile and have even managed to share one or two things (okay, one) I found elsewhere on the net. The only snag was when I tried linking my blog to Google+: suddenly none of my posts were authored by KokkieH anymore, but by my real name, so I unlinked it again. (Google really seems to have an obsession with people’s real names. I guess it’s harder to
Apparently you can create a page on Google+ as well, but I reckon I’ll stop for now. Baby steps, you know.
Why am I telling you all this? I need your help. PLEASE help me feel like I don’t totally suck at social media. Click on the links and follow, like or add me as applicable. Or not. As mentioned I really suck so I’ll probably bore you out of your mind. Except here. Here is where all the action really happens, but you know that else you wouldn’t be following me, would you? Thanks for sticking with me and making blogging fun 😀