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The Problem With Social Media

I have a very specific problem with social media. And it has a lot to do with why I stopped doing VEDA. I was so motivated about posting a video every day in April, but then one of social media’s most irritating problems interfered.

In recent months, YouTube has been tweaking things in their search algorithms, as well as how they push out videos to people. It’s the latter issue I have problems with. You see, they changed how subscribers see videos of channels they subscribe to. When you click on the subscribe button for a channel, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll see each and every video of theirs as they’re published on the subscription feed.  This has been verified by several of my subscribers, saying that they saw only a few of my videos or even none of my VEDA videos in their subscription feed. I talk about it in this video:

And you know what? I checked for myself if I’m receiving all videos of people I subscribe to, and I’m not. There are some very popular channels I subscribe to that I’m not seeing in my subscription feed, either.

But you know, YouTube isn’t the only place I have problems with their feeds. On Facebook, it defaults to Top Stories, which are often stories I’ve already read, and I never see posts from the majority of people I’m friends with. The option to see most recent posts is still there, but it never defaults to it. I want to see most recent.

On Instagram, it has some algorithm that shows what Instagram thinks I want to see. It used to show the most recent, but now there isn’t even an option for that. I miss most of the pictures of people I follow.

On Twitter, they all seem quite random, rather than showing most recent.

Social media, can you please just let us see all posts in chronological order? Please?

Should You Directly Sell Your Books on Social Media?

When you go on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, do you enjoy reading ads? Probably not. This has been one of my main problems with how I use social media. That’s changing, and I’ve seen the results. While I do publicize my blog posts on social media, I’ve been sharing/retweeting others’ posts, as well as just talking and socialising on social media. On Twitter, that’s resulted in more than doubling the rate at which I gain followers. I don’t use it as an advertising platform anymore. I found this recording of a Google Hangout by Author Hub, and it has some good advice about using social media to sell books.

What do you think? And how do you like Ashley Hewitt’s moustache? Let me know in the comments below.

Improving My Social Media Presence

One of the most important parts of being a self-published author is marketing. And one of the best ways to market is by using social media. But you have to have a pretty good reach and a lot of luck getting people to share your book. At the moment, I’m not published, but I am often marketing my blog posts and videos. I need to improve how I use social media.

Twitter

Today, I’m starting with Twitter. The potential of Twitter is great. Although I have only 3,310 followers, if someone with twice as many followers retweets one of my tweets, my audience grows drastically. It’s a dream for someone who’s marketing their own content for it to go viral. But how do you do that? Well, you need to either have an influencer retweet your tweets or become an influencer on Twitter. These people have a lot of followers who love to share their Tweets. I found a couple resources which seem to be pretty useful. First, there’s a website that provides a list of websites that help you find influencers. The second one is a website that gives you forty steps to become an influencer. I’m going to be trying these out.

What I’ve begun doing is interacting more with my followers. Talking to them, retweeting them, and liking their tweets. If they’re a new follower, I retweet one of their recent tweets. I plan on starting up some lists, as well. And I want to find some influencers who regularly interact with their followers.

YouTube

This is my second focus at the moment. I’m going to be setting up my channel to be more orderly, so there are several sections on my main page that make it more organised and easier to find certain content. I’ll be making videos more regularly, too. I’ll be sharing my videos on social media, and I’ll be commenting on others’ videos.

Facebook

I’m still working out how to increase the popularity of my Facebook page, but I plan on interacting more and providing more interesting content that you don’t find on the blog.

Those are the top three social media sites I use. There are others, of course, and I regularly use them, but I don’t focus as much attention on them as these three. You can only spend so much time using social media, so you have to choose the ones you have the best results from.

Do you have any tips for using social media? What works for you? Let me know in the comments below.

Let’s Share Our Social Media Links

Are you using social media? Well, then why not share them and gain some new followers? It’s been a while since I’ve done this on this blog, so I thought it was time to do it again. Here are my social media links:

Twitter: @jaydeejapan

With 3293 followers at the moment, this has my largest following. More than this blog! But it’s such an easy way to communicate with me. Please follow!

YouTube: Jay Dee Archer

With 55 subscribers, this is probably one of my least followed. I have a lot of very interesting videos to come, especially if you like Japan, books, and sometimes general silliness. Please subscribe!

Facebook: Jay Dee Archer (official author Facebook page)

It has 73 likes, and could definitely use more. If you use Facebook, why not follow me there? I usually do blog updates, but I plan to have more discussions, and it’s an easy way to talk to other followers.

Google Plus: Jay Dee Archer

With 70 followers, though more than 70,000 views, it’s not the most popular social media option, but it does get plenty of views. Please add me to your circles!

LinkedIn: Jay Dee Archer

I have only 48 connections, as this is the social media website I have used the least. However, it is a professional social media website, and I’m trying to establish myself more there. If you’re on LinkedIn, connect with me!

Instagram: @jaydeejapan

With 427 followers, this is probably my third biggest following anywhere. It’s all photos of Japan at the moment, though photos in Canada will come soon. Using Instagram? Follow me!

Patreon: Jay Dee Archer

I just started this, so I have no followers or patrons. It does include a blog, so whether you become a patron or not, you can read public posts that I make. So, please follow! And if you like, become a patron.

Now it’s your turn. In the comments below, leave your social media links. Check other people’s links, as well. Follow people! But also share your blog or website’s address. Follow as many people as you like. And I also ask you to do one more thing: share this post and get the word out. Let’s have a social media sharing party!

Where Can You Find Me?

All of you who are subscribers of my blog can find me in your newsfeed or in email notifications. However, you can also find me in many other places. And I don’t just mean social media.

So, where can you find me? First, let’s look at the social media sites.

I’m very active in two places, though I do update in several social media sites. First is Twitter. I have more than 3,000 followers there, and I find it a quick way to talk to people. I check it several times a day, so if you ever want to talk to me there, that’s a good place. So, please follow me on Twitter! Second is Facebook. I have a Facebook page for this blog, and I update there whenever I update this blog, but it’s also a good place to get in touch with me. I only have 61 people following me there, but I’d love to have more. If you haven’t done so, please like my Facebook page.

I also update regularly on a couple others. First is Google Plus. There, I have 67 followers, so it’s not a lot. But if you’re on there, please add me to your circles. And then there’s Pinterest. All of my posts go up there in different categories. I have 30 followers, though they’re mostly friends and family. But you’re very welcome to follow me there!

Outside of social media, there are several websites where I’m active. First is YouTube. I have a channel there, and I really think you should subscribe. I have 42 subscribers at the moment, and I have a large number of videos coming soon. So, please go over and subscribe.

I’m also on Goodreads, and I’m always updating my reading there. I have a lot of books, so you can see what I like and what I want to read. Once I’ve published a book, I’ll be using it a lot more. So, go on over and become a friend.

And finally, I’m regularly at Critique Circle, where I participate in the forums and put works in progress up for critiquing. I also critique stories. I have a free plan, so I can add friends, however, I can add you as a favourite. So, come on over and add me as a favourite author, then send me a message. I’ll add you back.

I’m looking forward to seeing you on many of those websites. Are you members of them? Which ones? If you want others to follow you, go ahead and leave links to your profiles in the comments below.

Disney Japan, What Were You Thinking?

Take a look at this tweet. It’s in Japanese, but I’ll explain.

Let’s look at the first line: 3月11日 ディズニー公式「春よ来い♪」

March 11th is the anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. What Disney tweeted was this: Bring on spring.

Now, the second line: 8月6日 ディズニー公式「暑中お見舞い申し上げます。

August 6th is the anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing. What Disney said was this: Giving you mid-summer sympathy.

And the third line: 8月9日 ディズニー公式「なんでもない日おめでとう」

August 9th is the anniversary of the Nagasaki atomic bombing. What disney said comes from Alice in Wonderland, and it says this: Congratulations on an unimportant day (literal meaning in Japanese). In English, it’s A very merry unbirthday to you.

So, this last tweet is actually very insulting. It’s making light of the anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki, as interpreted by many people in Japan. But Disney Japan’s Twitter account doesn’t normally do these kinds of tweets. Usually, they just tweet PR stuff, like announcing shows, movies, and other things that are related to the actual business of Disney Japan. They don’t give messages like this. But why did they choose these very important and sensitive anniversaries to tweet these messages? Someone at Disney Japan’s PR department is completely screwing up.

Disney Japan issued an apology and deleted the tweet, but the damage is done. The big question is, who is responsible for the Twitter account? And what the hell where they thinking?

Stupid.

The Blog Post Share Project – Share the Love

I was thinking yesterday, I’m usually giving blog posts I like a comment and a like. I get plenty of those myself on this blog. But there are other ways to show your appreciation to blogs and bloggers.

So, how about this? Whenever you see a blog post you like, don’t just like it. Leave a comment if there’s something you want to say, of course. But why not use social media to help get the word out to others about that post? At the bottom of each post in a blog, there should be buttons you can click on for various social media. Twitter is great, if you use it. Why not pin it on Pinterest? Or how about share it with your friends on Facebook? Or even Google+? If you think the post is really, really good, you could even share it on Reddit.

So, this is what I’m going to do from now on. When I read a blog post I think should be shared with everyone, I will not only like and comment, but I will share on social media. Who’s with me on this idea? Let’s share our love for great blog posts!

And while you’re at it, share this post on social media.

Twitter Follower Milestone

Twitter has a limit to the number of people you can follow.  That number is 2,000, unless the number of followers that you have is within 10%.  Well, my follower count just passed 2,000.

I currently have 2,002 followers and I follow 2,051.  How did I do it?  Quite easily, actually.  I used justunfollow, a service that allows you to copy followers from others, see who’s reliable at following you back, and see who hasn’t been updating in a long time.

Well, I don’t copy followers.  I don’t like to do that.  I do check other popular Twitter users’ followers and see who looks interesting for me to follow.  So, I follow those people, and hope they follow back.  Keep in mind that I only follow those I’m interested in.  I don’t just follow whoever.  If someone follows me, I don’t necessarily follow back unless I’m interested in that person.

I also go through who I’m following to see who hasn’t updated in a long time. If their account has been silent for more than 6 months, I just unfollow them.  No need to have dead accounts wasting space.  It’s the people I follow that need to be monitored.  They don’t have to follow me back, just as long as they are actually updating.

I value my followers.  I want to provide something they can enjoy reading.  If you want to follow me, my Twitter account is right here.  I can’t guarantee I’ll follow back, but if your interests are similar to mine, there’s a great chance I will follow back.  If you’re a writer, I’ll definitely follow back.

Well, thanks to everyone who does follow me.  You’re all appreciated, and if you interact with me on Twitter, I will always reply.

The Importance of Social Media

Social media isn’t just a way to advertise your book or blog, it’s an important way to communicate with other people.  One thing I love about social media is that it’s possible to get in touch with many people. I’ve had responses from some established authors, such as Alastair Reynolds (we interacted on Twitter) and Michael J. Sullivan (mostly through Goodreads, and he even did an interview for me).  Those kinds of things are thrilling.  I love getting responses from authors, and honestly, I want to do that kind of thing after I’m published.

So, here’s how to follow me.  You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.

These are all different ways you can interact with me.  If you’re interested in any of those social media platforms, follow me, and we can talk.  I want to follow you, too!

On Twitter, I find it easy to give a quick thought wherever I am.  I reply to everyone.  On Facebook, I find it easy to be able to have quick discussions through my Facebook author page, and it’s easy to share many things.  On Goodreads, we can discuss our favourite books, see what each other is reading, and get some great recommendations.  On Google+, we can also have good discussions, much the same was as Facebook.  On Pinterest, we can share some great websites.  On Instagram, we can share our photos.  And on YouTube, you can interact with me on my videos.

Blog by the Numbers

I love statistics.  I often look at numbers whenever I can.  I want to see how they change and look for reasons why.  I also enjoy seeing other bloggers post their numbers.  It’s just fascinating to me.

So, here are some statistics related to this blog.  First, let’s look at the number of views.

Since I started this blog in January 2012, I have reached a total of 9,744 views.  This isn’t a big amount.  My Japan blog has far, far more views, and regularly outperforms this blog even when I don’t update it while posting daily here.  My audience is steadily growing here, though.  Before November 2013, my best month was July 2012, when I did a post a day.  I had 512 views that month.  In November 2013, I did another post a day and had 730 views.  The majority of those views came in the last half of November.  December 2013 was a great month, because I continued posting on a daily basis, and achieved 1,152 views.  I continued doing the same for January and got my best month to date at 1,259 views.  February dropped a lot because I didn’t post much.  I had computer problems and I was preparing for my sister’s visit.  I had only 551 views.  This month isn’t finished, and I already have more than 1,000 views. This year, I have more views in this past 3 months than I had in all of 2012.  I’m on pace for 11,680 views this year, though it’ll likely be more.

I love comments.  This blog currently has 1,077 comments.  But who comments?  My top 5 commenters are:

  1. Carl V. Anderson
  2. winterbayne
  3. Sierra
  4. kamo
  5. Tom

Who views my blog?  The top 5 countries of my readers are:

  1. United States (4,213 views)
  2. Japan (1,665 views)
  3. Canada (946 views)
  4. United Kingdom (533 views)
  5. Australia (305 views)

Rounding out the top 10 are: South Korea, India, New Zealand, Germany, and Norway.

My top 5 viewed posts this year are:

  1. Book Review – Macbeth (198 views)
  2. What does an earthquake feel like? (168 views)
  3. INTJ – An Analysis of My Personality (128 views)
  4. The Best and the Worst of 2013 (69 views)
  5. Are Writers Introverts or Extroverts? (39 views)

Interesting that a review is my top viewed page.  And it’s Shakespeare!  But the second highest is actually a long-time favourite of my readers.

Going off this blog for a bit, let’s look at a couple other things.  First of all is my Twitter account.  I currently have 1,829 followers, and the number is growing quite steadily.  It’s been increasing more quickly recently.  I should be reaching the magic 2,000 barrier fairly soon.  On Twitter, I have made 5,485 tweets.

Looking at Alexa, this blog’s global rank is 3,464,696.  In the past 3 months, I’ve improved by 91,163 places.

On YouTube, since I’ve been pretty inactive and have merely used it for some rather random and unimpressive videos, none of my videos have more than 1,000 views.  My most popular video has 749 views, and it shows what I see during a lull in a typhoon.

In the future, I’m going to be very interested in seeing how my book sales go.  It just seems really interesting to me.