When I started blogging, I thought I needed to be on all social media platforms. Because several were unfamiliar, I began with Twitter and planned to branch out.
I rather disliked Facebook and stayed away from it for a long time, then saw tons of bloggers recommending it. A few people asked me, So, do you have a Facebook page for your blog? and I felt bad saying no, like I wasn't a "real blogger" if I didn't even have a Facebook page. I created one, finally, but it really just sat there. Nobody liked it, because nobody even knew it was there. I didn't even really want it there.
Recently, I linked my Tumblr page and this blog, which basically means I share my reviews there and have a link to Tumblr on here with my other social media platforms. This is simple for me, because the website itself suits me better. I like sharing pictures of books, seeing reviews, and being able to share cat pictures once and awhile.
But when this happened, I stopped using Twitter so often. If I have something to say, it feels so much easier to ramble about it without a character limit. That said, I feel awful when all Twitter followers see is Goodreads updates and blog posts.
I guess I'm basically trying to say that juggling more than one social media account is difficult, at least for me, and also give a pretty unpopular piece of blogging advice: I don't think you have to be on all social media platforms as a blogger. While it can help your numbers, it can also be an unnecessary stressor. It's much more helpful to do what works for you, and forget about everything else.
I would like to know about you guys, though. Which social media platforms do you use, and do you notice a dramatic difference in your followers/page views/other numbers because of them? (I personally don't.) How do you balance blogging, "real life," and social media?