We all know that social media is increasingly important in many peoples lives. We check our stats, notifications, likes, follows and friend requests etc. and it’s no different for amateur and professional bloggers: we use social media to publicise our work.
For public historians, it is crucial that they promote their latest TV programs, books and magazine articles using modern social media platforms to engage with the interested public. It is a vital aspect in gaining readers, viewers and consumers of public history.
For an amateur blogger, it is similar, if on a much smaller scale, and it is an often thankless task. However, putting yourself ‘out there’ is important if you want your blog to be read, readers = views and depending on your reasons for blogging, the growth of readers on a monthly basis offers a sense of achievement.
I have been trying to up my social media presence to varying degrees of success. I have a private Facebook account and I do share some blog posts with family, particularly family history posts and they are popular for obvious reasons.
In the last 10 months of committed blogging, I’ve been exploring my social media options – I’ve listed below all of the platforms on which I can be found.
I recently started an HistorianRuby Facebook page. I add my blog posts on there and other snapshots of historic interest (to me and hopefully others!). Largely due to my personal account my views referred by Facebook are close to 1,000, but if I put the effort into the new page hopefully the views from that will pick up.
Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/HistorianRuby/
I started an HistorianRuby Instagram account in the weeks after I started my blog but again I was pretty inactive at first. I’ve tried to up my game in recent weeks but was thwarted as three posts to my Instagram account froze this weekend and I’ve had to uninstall and install again to fix the problem.
You can search for me using: @historianruby
I follow tons of historians on Twitter, it is an account that was set up for public history when I was at university. I share my blog automatically with Twitter along with various newspaper articles that pique my interest.
I can be followed by searching @ruthrblair
I share my blog on Google + automatically and can confess that is all I do on Google +. Does anyone use this forum on a regular basis? I have no idea how to use it or of its benefits to my blog!
I’ve recently started working on my Pinterest account. It is still a work in progress. I’ve several boards related to my recent posts (as well as all my blog articles) and I plan to tweak some more going forward. I’m HistorianRuby on my page but somehow my URL has my full name on it rather than my husband’s nickname for me, Ruby.
I can be followed by searching for https://pinterest.co.uk/ruthrblair/
HistorianRuby has a Reddit account! I’ve had a total of 77 views referred from Reddit – not bad I suppose, as I just share my posts and don’t engage with others on that forum.
I have used this for photos of postal history for a few years. I added pictures of Hampton Court Palace and was really disappointed that my page that was filled with red disappeared so I deleted all other photos except post boxes! It’s a little quirky but I like it!
Don’t forget that the majority of my social media links can be found on my home page for ease of access and I would love you to follow me! Please let me know in the comments if you’d like me to follow you back.