I’m not going to go into it again, but, if you’ve been here for any period of time you may know that I started this blog on whim to write. Readers weren’t the height of my concern. I’d share my posts to Twitter when I remembered, and every so often would post an Instagram. However, the more I gained readers, the more I felt that I should start making more of an effort. I started reading up about the world of social media marketing, scheduled tweets and ad packages… And then decided that none of that was for me. I had no issue when other people did it. I’d read countless articles about how good it was for your traffic. However, the issue was that I’m not good with being my own cheerleader.
I’ve always had a problem with shouting about my own accomplishments. There are definitely things that I’m proud about – my blog in particular – but I worry that others will think that I’m bragging. I’m a people pleaser, so I often assume I’ll annoy people with any scheduled promotion. In fact, as I wrote here, I cringe a bit whenever someone I know in “real life” follows me on Twitter.
Do they know I’m going to publish blog posts?
Do they even know that I blog?
Are they annoyed by the links clogging up their feed and think that I toot my own horn too much and secretly resent me?
All of the above is probably true, and the reason it took me so long to use scheduled tweets.
I don’t want everyone thinking that I’m shoving my blog down their throats, because that isn’t it at all. In fact, when I first started my blog I told a total of 14 people: my groupchat of 10 friends, family and boyfriend. It’s not that I was trying to hide it; I made myself a promise that I wouldn’t hide this one. However, I’ve never been the kind of person that contacts every person I have ever met, shouting from the rooftops “HEY I HAVE A BLOG NOW PLEASE FOLLOW”, even though sometimes I guess I would like to be that kind of person. I am so so proud of what I do. I’ve grown this thing from absolutely nothing. I recently went self-hosted, and have my own sort of mini business. However, no matter how proud of this I am, I’m still so concerned with how other people percive me.
Once I went self-hosted and realised that I actually own this little space on the internet, it dawned on me how amazing this truly was. I did this all from scratch and I was consistent and that actually is pretty cool. I deserve to shout that from the rooftops. I worked so hard for this. And yet I still really struggle. If you follow me on Twitter then you may have noticed that I’ve been using more scheduled tweets. I’ll usually promote a post 3 times the day it’s posted and once of twice the day after. It seems like a weird thing to react to, but I still feel so awkward about it. Something about it seems really braggy, and makes me wonder if people think if I’m full of myself. I’m really not. And I hope people know that. But at the end of the day, scheduled promotion does bring in quite a bit of traffic. And, if it’s getting people to view my site then it’s gotta be worth it, right?
I need to be better at hyping myself up. If I can’t sing praises about my own work then why should anybody else? I deserve to be proud of my accomplishments. And I deserve to make sure that my work gets out there. I want to be better at knowing my worth, and believing in myself and what I’ve done. I’m sorry if my scheduled tweets annoy anyone, I promise that that wasn’t the goal. I just want to work harder to see that my work is seen, and I try not to overload them much anyway.
How do you feel about scheduled tweets/blog promotion? Let me know in the comments!
Lots of love,
Hey, I'm Jasmine Burke. A girl in her twenties fresh out of Uni that's trying to write in any way that she can. I go under the branch of "lifestyle" but honestly, you can find pretty much anything on here.
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