Blogs and Social Networks - Promoting Your BlogI've been thinking lately about the different ways bloggers promote our blogs.
Social networks has changed a fair bit over the years I've been blogging. I think when I started, Facebook and Twitter were the prevalent social networks in use. Now, it's not uncommon to see blogs linked to Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr or even Instagram.
At the moment, I only use Twitter. I used to have a page on Facebook which was updated with Networked Blogs, but I found it wasn't really bring much traffic my blog's way, so I deleted it. I tried Pinterest for a while, and Google+ for an even shorter time, but I gave up on those, too. I found it became too much work, too time consuming. As things stand right now, I write my review, I post it, I Tweet it, I also post it on Goodreads, Bookbridgr and Amazon. Then I post the link in the various places it's needed on my blog, add it to challenges on other blogs, and email it to the publicist, if it's a review copy. Depending on the book, this can take from an hour to an hour and a half. Without promoting my blog and reviews on other social networks. I do not want to spend any longer on one book, even to promote my blog in the process. It becomes a chore, and seriously frustrating.
Yet I know there are others who do a whole host of things to promote their blog and their reviews elsewhere, and I simply don't know how you guys do it without spending hours on your computer.
So how do you do it? What social networks or other online tools do you use to promote your blog? How much time does it take you? What do you find is most helpful to your blog? And have you tweaked things over time so promoting your blog is more time efficient? Share your tips, because I think I might need to change how I do things, and I'm really not looking forward to the idea.