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Is Social Media Necessary For A Blogger? | Chat with JBelkBooks

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Random Quote of the Day: “That which costs little is less valued.” – Miguel de Cervantes

Hello sunshines!🔆 Lately on social media (specifically Twitter) I’ve been seeing a common theme — the blogger community is supportive and somewhat enjoying themselves one day, and then the next there is some issue about an author, a misrepresentation, etc.. And this leads to some big triumph that in the end influences individuals to leave our community or feel that they no longer belong.

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Now this isn’t to give the blogger/reading Twitter community a bad name. In fact, there hasn’t been a time for me where I felt like I didn’t belong, despite my mini-hiatuses involving social media in general. But I have witnessed and read some tweets of fellow bloggers that they felt disconnected due to the drama, misunderstandings, and overall communications.

This instance does bring great discomfort to me as when I first started blogging and involving myself within the social media realm I felt we were all united in some form, especially within my mutuals — I was able to reach out to bloggers to get advice, I didn’t see much controversy between replies…Now this might be due to the fact that I am following new people now than I was earlier, but there is definitely a new “feel” going on within our community.

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Now to the main question…

IS SOCIAL MEDIA NECESSARY FOR A BLOGGER?

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In my opinion, there is no right or wrong answer to this question and I think it depends on the blogger themselves. Are you able to receive an audience without using other sources, such as social media, to spread awareness about your blog? Do you feel that it is beneficial to have other platforms to connect with a wider audience or your followers via your blog? These are questions that I think you should ask yourself before you decide to involve yourself into social media.

Personally, those two questions were the main reasons WHY I decided to join Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, etc. I wanted a way to expand my blog and my audience, but also to find another way to reach different audiences and understand new perspectives about my favorite books, authors, and other interests. When I first started blogging and reading tips, one of the most consistent tips was to have social media outlets. But does having social media do more harm than anything?

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When I mentioned that there is a new “feel” within our community, I sat back to think about that for a second. WHY does it seem that we are different? And the main reason that arose in my head was that NOW we have differences. NOW we have people reading #OwnVoices, new people SPEAKING UP about the LGBTQIA+ community, MORE people expressing their minds. And because of this we now have this newfound sense of controversy due to our difference of opinions.

Image result for rise up hamilton wallpaperI LOVE that individuals are beginning to speak their minds, especially when it’s for the greater good. I LOVE that I am able to find #OwnVoices trending or on my timeline. And I think it’s time to realize just how much our community has changed for the better. I’m not saying that we need to DISREGARD the ignorant individuals and those who hold different viewpoints, but we should continue to express what we believe in order to form a stronger community. There are millions of individuals on Twitter, Instagram, etc. that believe that representation of POC is important, millions that believe that we need more awareness involving #OwnVoices, the LGBTQIA+, the expansion of ARCs going around to those that take advantage of that opportunity…There are so many aspects of our community that are able to grow because WE speak up. Now, this can turn into a whole new conversation involving when is it right to speak your mind, when are you being disrespectful, and why this can turn into a negative, and I think that’s the main reason why our community is so different now. Because more individuals are willing to speak their minds, others are then responding (hopefully) positively, but also negatively; this is what sparks that fire that influences bloggers to feel that they don’t belong, that they don’t have others to coincide with…

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I held a short poll thread via Twitter that will hopefully put everything I just said into a better perspective. I asked my following a series of questions that I presented within this post and asked if they could Retweet so I could have a wider audience. HERE ARE THE RESULTS:

90% responded YES to “Do you think social media is necessary for a blogger?”

94% responded YES to “Has social media benefited your blog in any way?”

72% responded YES to “Have you ever felt like you did not belong within the blogging/reading community?”

56% responded YES to “Do you think the blogging/reading community has changed negatively?”

To the question, “Why do you think social media is necessary for a blogger”, 10% said MORE STATS FOR BLOG, 15% said NEW FRIENDS/PERSPECTIVE, 71% said A COMBINATION OF FIRST TWO OPTIONS, and 4% said OTHER

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Now that you’ve seen the stats, what do you think? Has social media benefited you more than harm? Do you think the blogging/reading has changed? If so, why? Chat with me in the comments! (After all, this is a DISCUSSION post!!) (:

Thanks for reading & I’ll see you next time…

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Seven Deadly Sins Tag!

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Random Quote of the Day: “One of the indictments of civilizations is that happiness and intelligence are so rarely found in the same person.” – William Feather 

Hello sunshines! 🔆 Yes, I’ve actually been TAGGED this time for the SEVEN DEADLY SINS tag, so let’s do it! Oh, and thank you, Yasmin, for the tag!! ❤

GREED

What is your most inexpensive book? What is your most expensive book?

Hmmm…do the books I got for free count as the most inexpensive? Because if so, I have a ton of those. However my most expensive book thus far would have to be THE SCULPTOR by Scott McCloud — this beauty was cheaper on BookOutlet (thank you, BO), but it’s sales price is around $22.

WRATH

What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

Image result for wrath sinHmmm…I’m going to have to go with Colleen Hoover or Rainbow Rowell. Both of these authors have controversial novels that have been brought into my attention as of lately but I do enjoy one or two of their novels.

GLUTTONY

What book have you devoured over and over with no shame?

LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green. This one is a no-brainer — I read it once (maybe even twice) a year!

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The Bay Area Book BFFs: Blogger & Author Event | Recap

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Random Quote of the Day: “People age even when you’re not looking.” – Randy K. Milholland

Hello sunshines! ☀ I am so happy to be typing this post and sharing such an amazing experience with you all! If you didn’t know, about a week ago I attended a private event hosted by Hannah @ NYMBC,  Christy & Nancy @ Tales of the Ravenous Reader and those at Books Inc. located in Santa Clara, CA. Here’s some details:

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The Bay Area Book BFFs: Authors ❤ Bloggers Brunch

Image result for books inc santa claraThanks to Christy & Hannah, I was invited to this event where local authors & bloggers were able to connect & express what we love most — BOOKS!! It was my first time visiting Books Inc., and it was such a beautiful bookstore that I hope to visit again. The company & the overall environment was so welcoming, and I definitely appreciated that. There was food, books, authors…What more could I ask for??

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As mentioned, Bay Area authors & bloggers were joined together, ranging from all ages and genres. Here’s a list of who attended:

Bloggers* –

NYMBC // Tales of the Ravenous Reader // Folded Pages Distillery // JBelkBooks // San Jose Public Library // Books, Boys, and Blogs // Forever Young Adult // Girl in the Pages // Tealreader // The Young Folks // Shooting Stars Mag

*please make sure to visit all of their blogs; you won’t regret it!!

ABOUT NYMBC

14192689_1090537074316653_2695579152047120126_n.pngNot Your Mother’s Book Club isn’t REALLY a club. It’s the name of Books Inc.’s Young Adult Author Salon. So really, we’re just an inclusive bunch of PASSIONATE readers who get to hang out with the coolest authors on the scene! We throw parties, eat snacks and read, read, read, read, read…

Not Your Mother’s Book Club events go into the Not Your Mother’s Book Club Fund, which Books Inc. turns around and uses to spread the love of reading throughout the Bay Area communities.

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Halfway Through January Already? | January BWWU

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Random Quote of the Day: “To be mature means to face, and not evade, every fresh crisis that comes.” – Fritz Kunkel

Hello sunshines! 🔆 The first month of 2017 is almost over and I’d like to say I’ve been sticking to my goals for the most part xD Let’s see what’s new this month…

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  • I just attended the Bay Area Book BFFs: Author & Blogger Event yesterday and it was such a great experience! I was paired with Alexandra Sirowy and she was such a joy! I will be posting a Recap Event post, so stayed tuned for that! Here’s a group picture: (do you recognize any of your favorite authors?)15977560_1158616367520347_4602752685181493352_n
  • My second semester of Junior year of high school started at the beginning of January, and right now, and have no idea what to expect.
  • I’m speaking at a panel this Saturday with two other local authors this Saturday! I am nervous but excited at the same time xD
  • Ed Sheeran dropped two songs from his newest album, Division, and I AM SO DARN STOKED AND CAN’T WAIT UNTIL MARCH 3rd!!!

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