When I first started blogging, I was hesitant about starting a Facebook Fan Page. However, I was looking for a way to increase readership of my blog, so I finally decided to do it. Things started out slowly and I was discouraged.
Even though I had a fair amount of friends and family on Facebook, that didn’t mean that I could count on all of them liking my Facebook page. It took a while before I finally had the 30 or 35 likes to be able to view the Insights for the page. The thing that really helped me gain some momentum was doing a share day. I learned about it from one of the pages that I follow.
I chose just the right share day. With the share days, you find pages to follow and have a chance to share your own page with more people. The person running the share day was such a sweet person. Bren from Bren’s BacktoBasics2014 encouraged people to come and like my page. Before I knew it, I had over a hundred likes. I was overwhelmed. Bren is incredibly supportive of pages and helps new pages get started.
Over the past several months, I have slowly increased my page likes to over 1500. Networking is definitely important in the whole process. I have not increased the views for my WordPress blog even close to what I had hoped for, but the fan page has been a good experience overall.
I have met a variety of people from across the country and around the world. I am blogging in a way by sharing small posts about what is going on with the homestead and other things in my life. I look forward to hearing from regular followers each day. I have many pages that I follow myself and it is a wonderful community.
It is hard not to get discouraged at times because of how the whole Facebook algorithm works. Sometimes something I post can reach less than 20 people out of 1500. That really upsets me. Facebook wants me to pay to increase my reach. I am not a business. I wonder how my blog numbers would look if all those who followed my page, regularly saw my blog posts.
Through my Facebook page, I learned about blogging for GRIT magazine. I started writing for their website on a weekly basis. I do have more of an audience there, but I would love for something to go viral just once. It is sometimes challenging coming up with something new to write every week. You can find my profile here.
I hope the discipline of writing every week is making me a better writer. I really do try to grow, learn and figure out what people want to read. I am always looking for new adventures and things to write about for my blogs.
I love my Facebook page because I can share a bit of myself. I try to keep it overall a lighthearted place. I think that sometimes it gives me a chance to share more of my sense of humor too. I love hearing from my friends and making new ones.
Some GRIT blog posts
Facebook Fan Page