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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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Sherrie March 2, 2009 at 11:38 am

Hi Kim,
This is a really great idea. I did some searching of all the places you listed. I have mine posted. Have a great day!!

Sherrie

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Dawn March 2, 2009 at 3:35 pm

I’ll have my post up by the deadline :)

Thanks again, Kim, for all the direction you’re giving us … I’ve got your new button up now.

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Rebecca Reid March 2, 2009 at 9:48 pm

I think LibraryThing definitely helps promote my blog, and other people’s blogs. I honestly don’t do any of the others (like Twitter) but I do read LibraryThing reviews and link to mine. When I find someone’s reviews on LibraryThing and they link to their blog, I always browse their blog to see if it’s one I might want to read in the future.

I don’t write up posts about BIP (at least not this time), but I did participate last time. I redid my blog roll, I edited my reviews list, revisited my about page, and I added a comment policy, one of those things I should have done long, long ago.

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S. Krishna March 2, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Thanks so much for linking to my StumbleUpon post! Hopefully it was helpful!

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Elizabeth March 2, 2009 at 10:49 pm

I agree that Library Thing etc. is social media. What about blog rating sites like blogged, blog catalog?
I think this will be interesting. I don’t “get” a lot of these things and why they’d be interesting or useful to me.

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Cathy March 3, 2009 at 12:40 am

I think I’ll snag Twitter. Not only do I use it, but it’s something I swore I’d never use. My post should be interesting! LOL

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Care March 3, 2009 at 6:43 am

I enjoy goodreads.com and I just discovered that you can get to it from facebook – which I just joined. I am finding Facebook has a snowball effect… It’s hard to just get a feel for it until people start to find you. I had joined awhile ago and couldn’t find anyone and so opted out. But I was encouraged to join again and am now reconnecting with grade school friends and can see why it gets addictive. But I’m shy and hope to be low-key about it! I still prefer the blogging community. :) oh – and Facebook doesn’t seem to have any explanation of how it works or I have yet to find it. The best idea is to have a true addict explain it all in person!! I’m still sending my neighbor ‘how does this work’ emails because I don’t want it on public view how confusing I think it is.

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julia March 3, 2009 at 8:29 am

Another great idea Kim. Have I mentioned how wonderful this year-long challenge has been so far? Thanks for coming up with it.

I’m on Facebook but haven’t joined much else. I suppose I’ll join a few more with the Social Media Carnival. This is a good way to keep pushing us out of our comfort zones.

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Jack March 6, 2009 at 6:20 am

Just finished up BIP Assignment #5… here is the link. Here is the link to the BIP page.

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Florinda March 10, 2009 at 6:42 am

I don’t see Mr. Linky, so I’m leaving the link to my response right here!

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D Dubs Reads March 12, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Here’s my post on Goodreads and Twitter. Hopefully yall will find something helpful!

http://www.ddubsreads.com/DDubsReads/Blog/Entries/2009/3/12_Blog_Improvement_Project_-_Week_Five%3A_Social_Media_Carnival.html

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Lisa Flores March 13, 2009 at 11:10 pm

I put my link in Mr. Linky. I hope it is helpful to others. I might post later on twitter too!

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Sally Villarreal March 15, 2009 at 12:04 am

I wasn’t real sure where to put my assignment. But it’s here.

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RaiulBaztepo March 28, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Hello!
Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language ;)
See you!
Your, Raiul Baztepo

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Kim March 3, 2009 at 8:27 am

That’s interesting about LibraryThing, I was on it for awhile but never really got into the social aspect of that. If you want to write a post about it for the Carnival, I think that would be awesome!

I understand not doing BIP posts though, sometimes I think it’s weird to blog about blogging, but I couldn’t think of a better way for participants to keep up with each other than posts and Mr. Linky. I think this week writing posts will work a lot better than some of the previous weeks though.

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Kim March 3, 2009 at 8:27 am

It was a great post — I feel like I know a little about StumbleUpon now, which is the whole point :)

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Kim March 3, 2009 at 8:28 am

Absolutely — I don’t know exactly what Blogged or Blog Catalog are, but if it’s a site where you connect with other people or bloggers then I suppose it would count. I wonder if there is a definition of social media out there…?

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Kim March 3, 2009 at 8:28 am

No kidding, you’re on Twitter a lot! I haven’t quite figured it out, so I am looking forward to you post :)

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Kim March 3, 2009 at 8:31 am

Facebook just started when I was a freshman in college, so I’ve been using it for like 5 years now. It’s sort of a funny transition from just being something college kids used to something everyone can see — there’s a lot of talk about how students need to be careful with their Facebook pages because people can see them and employers may make hiring decisions because of all the photos of you on Facebook partying or something. Facebook has a lot of features, so it could be confusing, but I think it’s probably one of the websites I check most often during the day (after e-mail, Google Reader, and my blog, I suppose :) )

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Kim March 3, 2009 at 9:28 am

Thank you Julia, it’s really nice to hear that it is going well so far :)

I think trying some new social media tools is a good idea, but it’s really easy to get overwhelmed by it. I’m hoping that having people submit stories about how some have worked for them will help all of us make good decisions about what tools might be helpful and which ones might not be.

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Rebecca Reid March 5, 2009 at 11:53 am

OK, Kim, I’m writing something up about Shelfari and LibraryThing. Should be up tomorrow.

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