In the spirit of full disclosure, I have to tell you that even in my days as a full blown computer geek (as opposed to the half blown one I am now) I was never a big social networking gal. I may have checked out Slashdot once in awhile, but mostly I ignored the craze.
When I became a stay at home mom, I found a need to be connected to others in the same situation. That meant social networks. So, I signed up for a Myspace account since my sisters had them. As you can see if you click, I don’t update things there very often. Instead, I soon went to Facebook because that was where my “in real life” friends were.
When I started my business, I realized I have to expand my network a bit more. I signed up for a Twitter account because everyone has one and I love it. I could hang out on Twitter all day. Then I started looking at the Cafe Mom site, since I signed up there awhile ago and did nothing with it. I try to check out the Etsy and Artfire forums, and of course, the Handmade in PA forums. Finally, I’m a member of Twitter Moms.
Last night, I requested a critique of my shop from the wonderful Etsians in the forums, and one thing that they kept coming back to was the need to promote my shop. When I told my husband this, he laughed and said “Don’t you spend enough time on the computer? When are you going to actually work?”
So, my question to all of you nice readers is – how do you use your social networks? Are you on just one or two? Do you check every one every day? Does Google make some kind of application that I can use to check all social networks at once? And, finally, how do you keep from spending all day on the computer? Not that I don’t want to spend all day on the computer, but my son needs to eat sometimes :).
Thanks for helping me out…