June 17, 2012

Can an Introvert Put Social Buttons on Her Blog?

Note the social media buttons over in the right sidebar; there's one for my rss feed, twitter, google+, and facebook. I even found one for pinterest. (If you want the super simple code, to include them on your own site, try this one.)
Only, here's the problem.

Am I ever on twitter, google+, facebook or pinterest?

Occasionally. When the mood strikes.

But, it seems rather foolish to put up social sharing buttons when I rarely have anything on those social sites. Since I'm not a very social person.

Truly, blogging is the platform for me. Post when I want, comment when I want, visit others when I want. I can hardly see myself expanding this to include even more responsibilities when what I really want to do with any time left over from cooking, cycling, and cleaning is read.

So, I'm not entirely sure that it's fair for an introvert to put social buttons on her blog since they seem to defy her very nature. Don't go looking for a plethora of information when you click on them, because most likely? Any updates will be found right here. Chez Bellezza.

How about you? Do you feel the need to put them on your blog? Do you use them? Most importantly, how do you find the time?!

22 comments:

  1. I put Twitter and Pinterest buttons on my blog. I use Twitter a lot, Pinterest occasionally and Facebook more than I should, but I'm weaning myself off of Facebook these days. I don't have my Facebook button on my blog because that's just for my personal life and I don't want that available to anyone who looks at my site. Twitter though? Bring it!

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  2. I found this post via your Twitter link, so that would probably answer your question concerning myself & social networking. If it were only that easy, anyone who knows me would say that my introvertion borders on the wrong side of antisocial, but I've learnt social skills over the years which allow me a social facade, a developed persona like an old ironclad with which I face the world. That old S &G song I am a rock was written about me & yet via the web facilities I can be gregarious, smart & social without hiding behind many layers as this is provided by the network used.

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  3. nope, not on Twitter, no buttons to press.
    I am on Facebook, but that's a different social circle for the most part. It's for family, and some work friends, and old school friends.
    I'm on pinterest a little bit, but again, the people I follow there may not be bloggers. Sometimes I like to go to a place with new or different people or just to be in my own little world. Just like most of my FB friends don't follow my blog. I like to keep my circles separate.

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  4. Well, you know me. I use Twitter to publicize my blog when I remember to do it - my new post is two days old and I haven't tweeted it yet.

    Otherwise, no Facebook, no Pinterest, no Google+ - none of it. They're time sinks, and the wisdom is out there for all to see: if it's on the internet and it's free, you're the product, not the customer.

    My choice to avoid most social media has nothing to do with introvert/extrovert, and everything to do with privacy, time management and focus.

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  5. I'm on both, but weeks go by without me going to them. I got onto Facebook because my younger cousins and nieces/nephews told me to, and I'm on Twitter too (as you know) but...eh. Just started on Pinterest, thanks to our mutual friend JoAnn, and I'm kind of addicted. But wondering when that will drift away too.

    But yes, you can be an introvert and be on social media, says your fellow introvert. If that wasn't true, we wouldn't have met, and that wouldn't have been good. :) In all honesty, I think it's less about being introverted (or not), than in recognizing the limited (though existing) value of these things and having some other things to do with your time.

    One of the nicest compliments I ever got was when my former boss told his boss that I don't talk very much, but when I do, I'm worth listening to. I absolutely know that's true about you, too!

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  6. I didn't put twitter or facebook on my blog, simply because I want to keep things separate and I am not hunting for an audience...My blog is like a scrapbook, mostly about books, my twitter is to keep interesting links in one place and my facebook is mostly for fun, and I can find there news about my favorite artists or tv series, or keep an eye on what my students are doing and what are their interests :)

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  7. I think you have a good point. I have my Twitter button up because you can often find me there. I prefer keeping Facebook separate since I only have a personal profile there. Instead of adding FB or Twitter buttons, why not one for LibraryThing or Goodreads instead?

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  8. I'm an introvert, and on FB and Twitter on occasion. I often go a week or more without posting -- just too little time.

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  9. You have a good point. I put them up, yet find I never tweet...my fb I use only for Amnesty International, so, no I do not need a fb button....something to consider when next I do some blog housekeeping.

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  10. Like Linda, I'm all for privacy and time management. So I limit my social media outlets... you can only find me blogging, on Twitter and occasionally, Goodreads. I'm glad to find you joining Paris in July. I remember how fun it was reading posts of this event. So, I'll be jumping on the bandwagon this year. Looking forward to it. ;)

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  11. I consider myself an introvert but use social networks more so as a network and link building tool rather than to make friends socially.

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  12. Yes, unfortunately Piniterest is still yet to feature in most sets, as well as Goodreads and LibraryThing :( I ended up combining buttons from two different artists for mine. If you've got an account you may as well link to them, I know I don't use my Pinterest much, but the link is there for when I do and I know that in adding people I'm more likely to use it.

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  13. I'm the same as you - I'm on Twitter & Pinterest occasionally, but I put up the buttons anyway since my posts are auto-tweeted at least, and I do go on sometimes. I do comment a lot on blogs though and if I have an hour a day to commit, I would rather using it looking through various book blogs, not on Twitter.

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  14. I use Twitter and Facebook a lot. I use Pinterest when the mood strikes!

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  15. I'm an introvert who uses FB, twitter, pinterest, GR, LibraryThing and Tumblr very sporadically. I'm just never really on those sites as often as I thought I would be. I go in phases. Sometimes I'm all over Twitter for a week and then its all about FB or GR or whatever else I've decided to have a go at - like Google+ (something I never even look at!). Ugh! I think all this social media is a good way to catch up with people and other blogger's posts, but I'm still not sure how much I want out there and who I want seeing it. At the end of the day, I guess its just how I'm feeling that day - like do I want to tweet or would I rather just read blog posts? Anyhow, I like your buttons and I just friend requested you on FB - so who knows where I'll catch you :)

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  16. I don't have a twitter or pinterest and my interactions on goodreads are limited. My facebook is on complete lock-down so pupils (and their parents!) can't find me. I know social networking is the key to 'building' a blog readership, but I like things the way they are. As a fellow introvert, I like to choose when and how I interact with others.

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  17. I think I have a twitter button but I'm a drop-in tweeter. I've put up buttons for goodreads and some other site and then removed them. One . . . can't remember which site . . . ended up being too spammy. At Goodreads, I decided to ditch my account and make it private. And, then I've ended up still adding new friends I don't know, so I guess I'm hopelessly open to friendship on social sites. Facebook is supposed to be limited to friends and family, but I do follow a couple people who go by their blog names. Occasionally, I think about just unfriending them because the whole idea is to have a place to keep up with friends and family, not to end up as yet another wide open networking site. Oh, interesting comment by Sam. I don't have any interest in "building" a blog readership. If people find me, cool. If they don't, fine. I think of myself as a small-time blogger. Much as I love people, I don't want blogging to ever dominate my life.

    Not sure if that answered any of your questions. LOL

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  18. I love Twitter. Facebook, not so much. I only link to Twitter and email on my blog - the others I feel are duplicates which I don't need. I tend to look at Twitter on my phone - good for keeping us with local news and just generally whinge a lot!

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  19. I am an introvert (as my anonymity might suggest!) but a keen user of social networking (twitter, facebook, pinterest). Not all of it is appropriate to my blogging on books though, so I do compartmentalise. E.g., no FB links to my blog - that's just for family and a handful of close friends I know personally but who live a long way away.

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  20. i use twitter a lot but up to you we are all different ,all the best stu

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  21. How do you find time, you ask? Well, obviously I don't, as this comment is well over a week past your original posting! I honestly don't know how some folks are able to post on their blogs several times a week, visit and comment on other blogs on a regular basis, tweet, post on Goodreads, visit and pin on Pinterest, work 40 hours a week, take care of their family, house and garden AND find time to read. I know I don't! I'm forever playing catch-up and feeling terrible about neglecting my favorite blogs. The warm-weather months call for me to be outdoors puttering in my garden, relaxing on the deck or porch with my husband and dog, or out cycling. I barely have time to read, let alone participate in social media. That said, I am on FB far too often, thanks to my niece and nephews who got me hooked a couple of summers ago. But I have kicked the Pinterst habit, only sneaking a peek every few weeks or so. I don't dare start in on Twitter or I'll never get any sleep. Google+ baffles me. I have my circles, but never remember to look at the feed. I think it's a sinking ship.

    So, to answer your question, no buttons for this babe! ;)

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    1. Phew, I'm not alone in this line of thought! Google+ baffles me, too. I suspect they want to 'copy' facebook, but I don't think they will ever catch up. People seem too committed to Facebook to switch. Me? I'm on neither one...I've connected my blog to Twitter as it publishes my posts there, but I don't have time to sit and read everyone's updates. As you said, I'd never sleep! No, it's all I can do to remain cycling, baking, reading and whatever time I can find for blogging.

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