Blogging Vs. Facebook

I used to have more subjects for blog posts than I was able to write and post. I used to blog several times a week. Then I cut back to once per week, and always on a Monday. I had a nice group of regulars, about 20 people who showed up and left a comment, and then quite a few lurkers who read but remained quiet. I had my google analytics to check and see how many hits a post received. My blog made me happy. The sky was the limit.

Woman with Arms in the Air

These days I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel for topics to discuss, and my readership has dwindled to a couple of regulars. I wondered why and came up with this reason: I’m posting the funny events and happenings that occur in my day to day life, and I’m posting my book release, sales, and other book related info, and it’s all going on Facebook. There is a built in audience on FB, and even though I post each Monday about my new blog post, it requires another click to get readers over here. People are busy. People have their favorites. They’re already logged in to FB where they can comment on all of their friend’s happenings. They really don’t want to leave and bounce around reading individual blog posts that are only mildly interesting. It’s easier to click the like button, or fire off a quick comment.

boredom But I own this space, this website and blog. It’s mine. I can write whatever I want and not have to justify it or have it relegated to the back burners of Facebook. Or have to boost my post for $20 to reach readers. I want to keep my blog going, but seriously, I feel like I’m talking to myself these days so maybe FB is right. And I’ve become my own worst enemy, because I’m putting up my stuff on Facebook, nobody else is doing it for me. I’m generating that. So why am I complaining? Ha ha.

It’s not really a complaint. It’s more sadness, because I miss my old crowd. I miss the fun we had in this semi-private space where we felt we could say anything and not be judged. Now everything, the good, bad, and ugly is hung up for all to see on FB: Friends, family, acquaintances, neighbors, business associates, and total strangers. It’s a difficult balancing act of allowing strangers into your space so you can grow your readership vs. keeping it closed and private. How do you feel about that? Are you a big FB fan? Have you noticed your readership follows you there and seldom follows your blog? Have you let your blog go?

And just to cheer myself up, I’m offering a print copy of my newest title: Ring Me Later, a second-chance romance turns deadly, to one lucky commenter.RingMeLater_200

Enter, even if you have it on kindle already. You can pass it on, have it autographed to anyone you like. 😉

Addendum: Saturday, 25th: London Mabel is the winner of the book! Congrats! London, I’ll email you!

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26 Responses to Blogging Vs. Facebook

  1. JulieR says:

    I wonder if the Google analytics include readers like me? I access your blog through NetNewsWire rather than a regular browser. I started doing it that way after the BettyVerse went away. If there are others who found your blog originally through the BettyVerse, many of them may also be following you via a newsreader.

  2. robena grant says:

    I had no idea you were following, JulieR. Thank you for that. I never even contemplated someone using a newsreader. Anyway, thanks for coming out of lurkdom. Those sure were fun days on BettyVerse. 🙂

  3. I am the opposite. I keep my blog going and neglect Facebook. I battle wanting my privacy and wanting to connect with readers. I have a Facebook page, but it is owned by my pen name Facebook profile, and I figure it’s just a matter of time until Facebook cancels it, so I have to migrate those few likers to a new one owned by my real name before I invest too heavily in building content for that page. I also don’t like that not everything gets fed the posts from the page, though that doesn’t seem to be true for everyone. (I follow a famous author whose every post comes into my stream. Why is that? Perhaps if you have many many followers you get special treatment from FB.) Anyway, I really struggle with the whole social media thing. My only answer is that I like to blog about my hobbies, mainly photography, so I just do that. I would really miss my loyal followers there, few though they may be! And I have two followers who buy and read my books, so that makes me feel good.

    • robena grant says:

      I know what you’re saying, Nicci. This whole social media thing is very draining, and in many ways false. Someone friends you so you accept, but you don’t know them. Then you find out they’re not who you enjoy communicating with. It could be a difference in politics, religion, or sense of humor. Yet they persist in hitting you over the head with their personal quest to convert you. That seems weird to me. I had to delete someone who always posted photos of spiders. I hate spiders. Ha ha. And another follower who was a big complainer. I wanted to say, lady we ALL have problems.
      My twitter has grown slowly, organically, but I’m not worried about numbers. almost every day I get a couple of offers from groups that want to sell me 5,000 followers. Um, no thanks. I want to know who I’m following and why.

      • Thanks for sharing your experiences, Robena. It really helps! Funny how with all the social media we participate in, we never talk about our experiences with social media!

  4. Kim M says:

    I check in each week here to see what is new with you. I don’t access Facebook, I’m not on Facebook, and see no reason to change. You may not even be aware I check in with you each week, as I follow a link from another blog and just lurk, since I often don’t feel the need to inflict my banal comments on any and sundry folk. I’ve heard of Twitter, but most about the “dark side”, so I’m not inclined to connect/sign up with that either. I don’t presume to be a Luddite, but as I’m more comfortable with print vs e-books, I fear I resemble the Ghost of Christmas Past, rather than Present (and no way, Future).

    • robena grant says:

      Ah, another lurker. 🙂 And I love your voice, your tone. You’d fit right in here with a comment or two. 🙂 I love print books also. I do have a kindle and I do read on it, but when a book is special to me I want it in print. I seriously think I read deeper, retain more, when I read in print.

      • There was a Scientific American article about how print books are much better for the way our brains work. We mind map the info, remembering something was on a left-side page or about a quarter inch into the book. It is especially important for children and teens to read in print.

  5. Alison Henderson says:

    I’m in the same situation as you, Robena. After a couple of years of interesting regular posts, I’ve let my blog dwindle, and I feel bad about it. I like my blog. I just don’t seem to have topics worth writing a short essay about these days. FB is easy because I can post a picture or short observation and WAY more of my friends will see it.

    • robena grant says:

      Yes, Alison, there is that easy accessibility on FB. And the wider reach. I’m going to continue with my blog for a while. See what happens over at FB. 😉 Thanks for dropping in.

      • I’ll be phasing out my blog come January.

        Several big group blogs have given up. Why should little ol’ me keep plugging away at what some say is an outdated form of communication.


  6. Liz Flaherty says:

    I spend too much time on FB, but my pleasure comes from visiting (and writing) blogs. While I hardly ever post anything on my own site and truly think I should take it down, I enjoy being part of group blogs.

  7. cindy says:

    I had my blog way before Facebook and Twitter. (2002). Way before I was a published author, even:) At first, when I joined FB, I would post an occasional link to my blog on my personal page. I stopped doing that. I post on my Fan page now but not sure what good it does. I like to link to my blog posts on Twitter as an non-spam way of passive advertising. And I always participate in #MondayBlogs.

    • robena grant says:

      Me too, Cindy. I had a blog before this one and it went all the way back to about ’04 I think. I’m only recently (two years or so) on FB and even more recently on Twitter. I keep resisting Pinterest. I always forget about linking my blog posts to Twitter. Must do that. I’ll check out #MondayBlogs.

  8. I just found you on twitter. Yes, the whole social media thing is a puzzle. I don’t have my own real estate yet, but plan to have my own website/blog soon. Until then, I’m posting on my FB page . . .and discovering that not everyone is seeing my posts. Hmmm.

    • robena grant says:

      Ah, so twitter works. Ha ha. Thanks for finding me, Diana. FB has it’s own set of rules and keeps changing them.
      On my RobenGrantAuthor site I don’t get a lot of followers unless I boost the post. However, I don’t want to do that unless it’s something important like a release or a sale. FB now has a suggested boost price of $20 (I generally get a reach of about 3-4K) but you can go in and put whatever you want. I’ll often change it to $5 for a less important post and it will reach about 1K.

    • Nor will they see them if you blog.

      Crazy place, crazy times.


  9. londonmabel says:

    I know, for myself, I have trouble keeping up with email / facebook / and blogging (including reading blogs.) I can’t do all three at the same time. But then I miss the people who are only in one of those areas. Eg. This past year I did more on fb and email, but missed you and Julie and Judy Judy Judy etc.

    Also, I think there are cycles and fads. It seems like personal blogging has waned for a lot of people.

    I would say this: I think if you’re an author it’s worth having a blog. Even if it’s only updated once a month, old readers, new readers, they like to check you out. I do, anyway. Even if I don’t end up following the person. For example, I read the first Parasol Protectorate book, and I’ve poked around Gail Carriger’s blog (livejournal) several times, just to see what she’s said about certain characters, or her favorite authors, etc. It’s harder to do searches like that on facebook.

    So in the end… if you enjoy posting stuff, just post. That’s what I’m doing now anyway. Just posting for myself, because I want to, when I want to.

    (Also Humphrey–is that his name?–might have an opinion on all this.)

    • robena grant says:

      Hi, London, it’s good to hear from you. You’ve said some wise things here. Especially the part about if I enjoy it, then just do it. It’s as simple as that, right? And Humphrey has been of absolutely no help, always got his nose stuck in a book. Ha ha.

  10. Great to see a lively conversation about this topic. I say ain’t it a shame, but time marches on, and last year’s mode of communication is outdated, and onto FB then Twitter, soon we’ll be communicating I grunts.
    I love you blog!