Blog Improvement Project Week 5: Social Media Carnival

by Kim on March 2, 2009 · 22 comments

2009bip-150x210Thanks to everyone who participated in Week 4 of the BIP where we worked on blog basics. It was nice to take a little break and work on some things that I needed to do around here. I hope everyone else felt the same.

Because I love alliteration, March is going to be Social Media Month for the Blog Improvement Project.  For the next 31 days, we’ll be focusing on using social media to improve your blog.

I’m no expert in social media, and there are a lot of social media options to think about.  There’s Digg, StumbleUpon, Technorati, Twitter, Facebook, Delicious, Ning, and about a million other options I don’t even know about.  In that spirit, Social Media Month is going to be about educating each other about social media.  Our first project is the much-anticipated Social Media Carnival!

The task is simple: write a post about a social media tool that you currently use.  If you don’t currently use any social media, pick one you’re interested in, do some research, and write a post about what you’ve learned. Posts should be as specific and experience based as possible. If you’re stuck on what to write, here are some ideas — how do you use this particular tool to improve your blog or relationship with other bloggers?  How do you balance time between blogging and using social media?  What are some specific things you wish you’d known before you started your chosen your new tool?

These are not the only questions to answer, in fact they aren’t even that great, but they are just a few ideas. If you have no idea how to start, check out this post about StumbleUpon by S. Krishna over at S. Krishna’s Books as a great example of what you could do.

Submit your post on Mr. Linky by Friday, March 13.  Then, similar to the Bookworm Carnival, I’ll put together a wrap-up post about all the social media research we’ve done.  We’re using our collective intelligence on this one friends, cool, right?

Also, I know reading about how cool different social media tools are is going to sound awesome and you’re going to want to go and join all of them right away.  I caution you — don’t do that!  Wait until BIP #6, coming your way March 16, where we’ll do a task about joining social media.

Questions, comments, concerns?  Send an e-mail my way or leave a comment!  And enjoy the Social Media Carnival!  So many exclamation points!

P.S. If you haven’t yet, please grab the new BIP button from this post or the Button page because it has my new URL.  Thanks!

UPDATE 3/2: I just realized that something like GoodReads or LibraryThing could also count as social media, I would say, if you use it to connect to other people or enhance your blog in some way. Thoughts? 

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