The Role of Social Media in the Lives of Bloggers

 

In an industry where many people are highly reliant on touch-interface gadgets, where virtually all kinds of communication happen in cyberspace, and where most trends come and go faster than the waning of the moon, it seems quite pointless to put some value on the hype known today as Social Media.

But is it really just a “hype” or is it changing the face of society as we know it?

Let us take a closer look.

 

Role Social Media Bloggers

 

What Is Social Media?

Wikipedia’s definition of the term is “an umbrella term concerning the different activities that involve technology, social interaction, and the construction of words, images, videos, and audio”.

In non-technical language though, it refers to the gazillions of conversations that people are having in cyberspace.

Sounds simple enough, right? However, even if social media started as “online conversations”, it has become so much more over the past few years. In fact, its growth and influence on society is really impressive.

Take for instance the fact that more than a quarter of the total time spent on the Internet is on social networking sites.

  • Facebook has managed to amass more than 1000 million users, with 40% of these logging in everyday.
  • Twitter has collected up to 500 million registered users, and still counting.
  • Pinterest managed to collect 10 million US visitors for just a single month, a feat that no other platform has accomplished.

These figures themselves are impressive enough, added to the fact that we actually see how social media is slowly embedding itself into our cultural psyche.

For example, gone are the days when we say “Call me!” or “Email me the pictures!”

Instead, we say “I’ll add you on Facebook”, “I’ll follow you on Twitter”, or “Tag me!” Gone were those days when “follow” only meant walking behind someone or when “profile” only referred to a certain angle of the face.

These days, everything is being revolutionised and a major part of this is the evolution of the social media and of the Internet as a whole.

 

Why Is This Relevant to You?

Simply put, because you are part of the collective Internet community.

Over the years, you may have noticed that blogging has become, well, a very prominent platform for online marketing. More and more people are creating their own blogs, either for personal or professional reasons. Now, although their niches vary greatly, there is one common aspect in blogging―promotion.

You are promoting yourself, your business, your company, your friend, and a charitable cause (among others). It all boils down to online marketing, and blogging is proving to be a major contender.

This is where social media comes in. Writing posts for your blog is not enough by itself. No matter how compelling, interesting, or informative your content is, your efforts will only go to waste without your target readers’ knowledge about it.

You need to learn to balance between content writing and marketing for you to become a successful blogger. That means logging on to Facebook occasionally for promotion.

 

It’s Not Just About Facebook

There is no doubt that Facebook is, presently, the king of social media. It has the most number of users and it’s been around far longer than other platforms (although seniority has very little to do with it).

Despite its dominance, there are still other mediums out there with a growing audience and with, probably, a more effective means to promote. One example is Twitter. Each day, over 175 million tweets are sent and a million Twitter accounts are made. That’s pretty impressive, right?

Another great example is Google+. The +1 button is used about 5 billion times each day, with over 625,000 accounts made in that time frame.

Of course, these are just the cherries on top of a great sundae. Digg, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, and Instagram are also rapidly collecting their own members. Pretty soon, these social networks will rise to the top of the social media ladder, in close competition with Facebook and YouTube.

 

The Power of Word of Mouth

What makes us human is our ability to communicate―this may sound cheesy but it’s still true. Our capacity to speak, write, and express ourselves separates us from the rest of the animal species.

This is the reason why social media is so useful to us, not just as bloggers but as citizens of the world. Through it, our voices reach far-off continents, remote areas, and halfway-across-the-world communities, allowing us to interact with people other than our own peers.

This essentially means that you can participate in more “worldly” issues rather than just focus on the current issues of your small town or city. You can let your voice be heard, or hear other voices through different social networking sites.

More importantly, you can learn, engage, and establish relationships with other internet surfers. It’s a free, easy, and fast way to socialise!

 

The Future of Interaction

There is a lot of negative perception surrounding “social media”. Let us try to analyse those arguments…

 

Social media belittles the power of human interaction.

On the contrary, it celebrates it! The very premise of social media is to allow people from distant locations to communicate easily. Now, there is no such thing as “you’re too far away” because there’s Facebook, Twitter, Skype, and Instagram to connect you with other people.

 

Social media neutralises the power of blogging.

Some would say “why blog when I can just log in to my Twitter account?” Well, sure you can. But the purpose of blogging lies in its loyalty to “writing“. It is not just about posting interesting images or broadcasting your relationship status, but also about analysing and creating new ideas. It is about talking to an audience through published online posts, about voicing your thoughts on a subject, and about making it count.

 

In other words…

The power of social media shows no signs of stopping. The challenge here is to embrace this kind of technology, not just for a better blogging experience, but also for a more compelling Internet interaction.

 

About the Author: Jonny Lis is a Digital Marketing Specialist at Smart Traffic an SEO Company based in UK. He oversees SEO strategies for Smart Traffic’s 300+ campaigns.

 

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64 Responses to The Role of Social Media in the Lives of Bloggers
  1. Veronica
    February 11, 2013 | 03:11

    As many others have already mentioned. Social media is definitely changing the way advertising is done. With this bloggers get an edge. Who would happen to know social media than THE people using more often right?

  2. vikram
    February 11, 2013 | 08:47

    Yes,social medai is not anymore a traditional media to say hi or bye,now it has become a big boon for business.

  3. Emilia
    February 11, 2013 | 09:59

    Social media has definitely opened doors for bloggers. Being able direct traffic through them you see bloggers being hired each and every day.

  4. Micheal webster
    February 11, 2013 | 10:15

    backlinks are very important for increase traffic of your site. backlinks mean links that pointed to your site. social media links and traffic are indexing in google after panda update. so you should get Facebook likes to your fan page and website.

  5. Calra
    February 12, 2013 | 04:02

    With social media being the main form of news and communication nowadays, it’s definitely given bloggers and online personalities the edge. This is definitely a good thing.

  6. Lee
    February 13, 2013 | 10:28

    Hi
    Glad I read that post I struggle with social media. With the time it takes up which I haven’t really got to spare and end up just trying to rush through it. Also struggle with social media itself i honestly think there is too much of it unfortunately marketing wise it has to bo embraced so think I will facebook and twitter..

    Thanks for info lee

  7. Lisa Holcomb
    February 18, 2013 | 02:35

    Great article. I’m learning how very important social media is to the growth of my own business website and blog. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Will Vries
    February 23, 2013 | 09:33

    The latest trend in online marketing is social media power for optimizing their brands and products in the long run. This is underlined by the fact that FACEBOOK has become the defacto brand to socialize with reach of over a billion people. Social media offers us a chance to improve the communications supporting process improvement. In today’s time success of website boils upon traffic that it gets and social media plays an important role in driving huge followers and fans for your blog. My take is that it is here to stay, hence cannot be ignored.

  9. Neil
    February 25, 2013 | 09:13

    Anyone with a website who does not capitalize on Social media is shooting themselves in the foot. Social media is the fastest way to get your message out there.
    Neil would love you to read..Dealing with headaches naturallyMy Profile

  10. anvi
    February 25, 2013 | 09:58

    no doubt that the social media play a vital role in the field of bloggers and also they are the platforms where we can find a great amount of people to share our content..

  11. Jessica
    March 9, 2013 | 05:13

    Social media has suddenly become an essential part of any kind of business and even in personal life to maximize its usage.

  12. mcaullum
    March 29, 2013 | 13:18

    as google is lifeline for several techies for finding information’s and resources ….same the SMM sites are playing there part in every bloggers life .SMM are the best way for sharing and learning.

  13. Laura
    April 2, 2013 | 08:07

    “Social media neutralises the power of blogging” is the biggest misunderstanding I’ve ever heard. Social media helps businesses, helps blogs, actually, in my opinion, blogs are included in “social media”, not just social communities.

  14. pieter
    April 16, 2013 | 02:45

    Social media is really the best platform for learning and exploring several aspects as after the updates of google algorithms social media platform is leveraging the site back on search engine….
    pieter would love you to read..Dog BreedMy Profile

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