Thursday 12 April 2012

Social Media Musings

Facebook. Twitter. Pinterest. Polyvore...

Social media has been exploding for some time now, and it does not seem to be slowing down any. 

I find it rather intimidating, all in all. I have been using Facebook personally for a few years, but just recently started a page for Candykins Crafts. I am surprised at how different it is to use Facebook for a blog/craft business than it is for personal socialising. I am very much still figuring it out. It is not really going anywhere at present.

After the market flop, I decided to up my involvement in Etsy. I had been wanting to, but had just not had the time leading up to the markets. I am still seeing Candykins Crafts as a hobby that will hopefully pay for itself, rather than a business to make money out of. Even so, I enjoy connecting with other crafters around the world, and making new friends, supporting and encouraging each other. I had been engaging in the blog world for a while, engaging in the Etsy community just takes it up a step. 

I joined a few Etsy teams, and have been getting involved in discussion threads and the like. It's time-consuming, but I'm getting there. Anyway, through the Etsy team discussions, I was encouraged to join Twitter. I had been holding off joining Twitter too, as it is just another thing to do. But...I joined, and I totally feel like a child on the first day of school. It's so foreign to me, so much more to learn. I do not want to just tweet new listings and treasuries, but to encourage interaction with other crafters and creatives. But it is also time-consuming and a bit confusing. 

So...just wondering - which social networking sites do you use? How do you use the sites? Which ones do you prefer and why? Do you use them just for personal socialising, or for promoting a business or blog? 

I would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks :)


  1. Hi Candy,
    I also find social media quite overwhelming and time consuming! I've only managed facebook and twitter so far and still in the early stages there.
    However I'm finding this post to be really helpful on using twitter:
    Hope that helps :)

    1. Thanks, Chrissa. Fabulously helpful article. I might just have to tweet it ;)

  2. Hi Candice!
    Love that you're sharing your social media experience with us on your blog. As you know from our Etsy exchanges, I'm a newbie to Twitter. But I've been at the Facebook thing for a few years, both personally and for my tea biz. I also began blogging a while ago, but have found that I neglect that more than anything. It seems easier for me to find quick content to post on Facebook than it does to write "a whole article" on a the blog. But, I'm still working toward finding some reasonable balance to it all. Perhaps as we all put our heads together about this, we'll come up with a great method to share!
    Karen (ArtfulTea)

    1. Karen, Thank you so much for taking the time to read my little blog. It's interesting how everyone has a different bent, as to what suits them more and what they get more enjoyment and profit out of. I am enjoying the conversations on Etsy, it's nice to chat with others who are figuring things out too. Once my littlies are over their nasty colds, I might just have some time to actually MAKE something again, which is what I enjoy most out of all of this stuff :)


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