Social networking on your blog

April 3, 2011

Social networking on your blog

April 3, 2011

As if you weren’t on your computer enough blogging, there’s a whole other facet to a blogging addiction–social networking!

Of course, your followers can catch your updates quickly through Blogger. But with so many people on Facebook and Twitter, this is another way to share your updates and reach more readers quickly.

I know most people are familiar with setting up a Facebook. Mine is set up as a separate public page, rather than a private one. I merged my two blogs into one name there and post updates for both.

So, right after I post something here on my teacher files blog, I head over to my Facebook and copy and paste the URL of my latest post–that’s it!

Facebook takes care of the rest, offering an image from your post and a little blurb that makes your post title stand out nicely.

Twitter took a little more getting used to for me. I’m probably really out of it, but I hadn’t thought about the fact that tweets are meant to be short…so long-winded people like me have to keep it quick.

I end up doing the same thing on Twitter as my Facebook, just a quick share of the link to my latest blog post.

Side note: Cheryl Saoud from Primary Graffiti blogged about some neat tools to make sharing your blog posts even easier…you can read about them by clicking here: Great Gadget Share. Thanks Cheryl!! 🙂

OK, so I didn’t love Twitter initially. But, there is something really fun about it–you can customize it to match your blog! Would you like to try? Here are the steps:

1. Once you have created your Twitter page for your blog, head into Settings.

2. If you click on Profile, you can choose an image that matches your blog design…or use the profile picture you already have for Blogger.

3. To change the Background, or customize it, click on the Design tab. Twitter has a bunch of beautiful designs you can use.

Or, to make your own…



You can upload a part of your Blogger background. If you choose “Tile Background” it will repeat and you will be all set!

The only thing left to do? Find some icons to share your new bloggy social networking pages! There are TONS of free, beautiful Facebook and Twitter icons out there.

Is this something you would try with your blog, or have already tried?

4 Comments

  • Kinderpond April 3, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    There used to be a way of having it publish automatically…. One of my blogs posts to my notes on my Facebook page. But now I can't do that for my teacher page. Any thoughts?

    Jennifer

  • Kathy Law April 3, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I don't Twitter but I do do the Facebook post. It sends my teacher friends to my blog!

    Kathy
    First Grade a la Carte

  • Kelley April 3, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I played around with the facebook page and also added a like button to the top of my page. It is pretty new so I only have 6 likes and I'm not sure if it is drumming up activity or not but I am hoping it will. A few of my friends and family checked it out from facebook.

    Kelley
    3rd
    http://randalllearninglibrary.blogspot.com

  • Deedee Wills April 4, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    All I have to say is"Thank Goodness For YOU!" I'll be honest, half the time I have NO IDEA what you are talking about. I'm a slow learner, but I am determined. Keep 'um coming. Look what you taught me (see html thingy below)

    Mrs. Wills Kindergarten
    Thank you!

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