Summer Blog Social: I Need Your Help

As a part of the Summer Blog Social, there are different categories of prompts that include advice for others, advice for me, and philosophical topics. I’ve tried to help by sharing some of my favorite blog resources as well as 10 things I’ve learned over my four years in blogging. I hope someone has found them helpful!

One of the writing prompts prompts for the “Advice for Me” section is, “Tell us about an element or two of your blog or social media presence that you are unsure of and would like opinions on.”

So here goes.

I need lots of help on my Facebook page. I have it linked through Network Blogs so new posts automatically post. I also try add links regularly to articles or blog posts I come across regarding chronic illness, parenting, or something else that I think my readers would enjoy. I try to ask questions to start conversation but I may get one response if I’m lucky.

I really want my facebook page to be a place where I can engage in conversation with my readers. I want it to be more than a place where you can find links. I’m in the processed of getting a custom landing page to match my brand but outside of that I’m not sure what to do next.

So please help a girl out! I would love to advice or links to resources on how I can really beef up my page and make it a fun place to hang out! Thanks in advance for your help!

 

(PS What I Wore Wednesday will return next week!)

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Comments

  1. says

    I totally understand what you mean. I’ve been on facebook the longest, and I am finding the like page to cause me the most grief. It aggravates me because I like the medium, but am cautious to post in fear of getting unliked. Sometimes, I get responses, but I find that it is more from people who know me personally or other bloggers that I’ve engaged in.

    I would love to hear your thoughts, but here’s what I’m finding. When I post my blog post link, I sometimes get a comment, but not often. If I post my post link in a status update so that the link is there, but in the status itself, then I may have better results of getting a comment. It may depend on the subject matter. What have I learned from that? I’m not sure. People may read status updates, but not links.

    I also want to reach my audience enough because if people have a big newsfeeds then they lose things in their newsfeed, but I get random unlikes when I post a lot. My FB insights which I don’t really understands says that I have a lot of inactive users so I’m wondering sometimes if they log in and see a bunch of things from me, and say, “Oh, let’s get rid of her.”

    Also, I would say that about the same 25 people actually comment. They are names I am starting to see on, and quite honestly, they may comment on something, but probably did not read the post.

    I recently created a new friend for my personal friends/blog friends so that I can feel more at ease and comment on more. My Facebook page is slow to grow as well.

    Sorry, this is a book today.

    • Jamee says

      I haven’t paid much attention to my FB Insights. I guess I should do that! Oops!

      When I get comments I notice its usually the same few as well. Thanks for your input!

  2. Crystal @ PoM says

    I wish I had some advice for you, but it sounds like we’re in the same place on that one! Can’t wait to hear what advice you get!

  3. says

    I was hoping to find a billion comments and tips on this post. I have the same questions and insecurities about optimizing my FB as you ladies do. I guess it’s just trial by error.

    • Jamee says

      As I’ve been browsing the SBS posts, I’m seeing this question a lot! I’m glad to know I’m not alone! Hopefully together we can some up with some ideas to help one another!

  4. says

    I have a lot of trouble with this too! My advice: don’t give up! Keep asking questions, and someday, people will start answering. You see, the more you post on and use your page, the more it will show up in your follower’s news feeds, so the more they’ll interact with it. It took me awhile, but now I have a few people who comment and “like” and engage on my fb page.

    Something I did that you could try, there’s been a few times I’ve asked readers to post something on the facebook page as part of a giveaway. Once it was posting a link to a song about healthy body image, which I then featured on the blog. Once it was posting a polyvore collage of their style. I wanted to go beyond just having them “like” my facebook page.

  5. says

    I would advise against NB! We have a couple posts at Eli about it.

    As for FB, I don’t do a ton, but beyond adding my new posts manually, I will cross-post a tweet to my wall a few times a week. If I think of it, I”ll ask a question. And I’ll add photos here and there.

    Today I thought of a silly question that was inspired by my lunch. I asked if a plate with a burger, fries and a pickle was put in front of you, what would you eat first. I got 5 comments and 1 like within 3 hours of posting!

    So I need to be clever with my questions more often. ;-)

  6. Jessica says

    I don’t do a lot with facebook either other than keeping up the minimum by posting my blog posts on my page and asking the occasional question. I get some interaction but not a ton. I think what you are talking about is common for all of us. Wish I had better advice!

  7. Jackie says

    I have no advice because I don’t have a FB page for my blog. I do have a personal FB page, and I follow blogs on there and I can tell you that only having links filling my news feed is a turn off. I don’t mind links here and there, but it’s also nice when the blogger interacts by asking a question or posting a status as well.

    • Jamee says

      I think it seems to be a common problem in the blog world! So many of us seem to have questions on how to use it effectively yet its also seems to be a “must-have” for a blogger!

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