Aftermath of my failure to promote myself on Facebook.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you’ll know about this article, in which I talked about how Facebook labeled my links as spam, and basically froze my account, and no amount of appeal did change that.
“What an arrogant guy. You should know that no one reads your shitty blog!”
Where did that come from? Oh well. I’ll edit that out later.
This article is a sequel to that one. I’ll talk about the difficulty in attracting readers since I’m basically barred from a giant social network, how it did give me a freedom of sorts, and how I’m still pissed at Facebook for freezing my account, while there are a lot of people who post actually dangerous things there, while I’m nothing but a humble blogger.
Restricting my chances of promoting:
This is self-explanatory. I’m now restricted to Twitter. And let me tell you, promoting there is not easy. Yes, you can make people retweet your links. But how many of them actually visit and comment here?
But since this is the only platform available to me, I have no choice but to work with it, since Instagram doesn’t play nice with screen readers at all.
At least I can brag to people that people with thousand or ten-thousand followers follow me on twitter.
Freedom from relatives:
When I created my page to promote this blog on Facebook, I naturally reached out to family and relatives. When you don’t have anyone, it works nicely for a start. Those “How to promote your blog” articles would also suggest doing something like this.
But they fail to point out one thing. If your audience is your family and relatives, you’re righting gets incredibly restricted. Since these are the people with whom you come to face to face at least on a yearly bases, it is hard to write something when you know, and can easily imagine their reactions to something which you wrote.
As a result, I really had a lot of trouble in deciding what to write weekly. As a result, my blog suffered, and I didn’t publish weekly.
But now, things are different. The bulk of my audience is now either my twitter followers, (I suspect only 1 out of 10 read my articles,) and my WordPress followers, who are bloggers themselves. Meaning, I’m much freer to write, with only consequence being someone cursing me out in the comments. (Feel free to do that. My comment section is usually quiet.)
For now, I have no plans to go back to Facebook to promote this blog. However, it might change in the future. However, if I do decide to go back to Facebook, I certainly will be much more careful and cautious due to these experiences.
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