The Digital Reader is Now on Instagram and Pinterest

The Digital Reader is Now on Instagram and Pinterest blog maintenance Social Media

It belatedly occurred to me this evening that I've never announced that I've expanded my bloging to include Pinterest and Instagram.

As a result of an epiphany about blogging I had a few weeks back, I am now micro-blogging on Pinterest and Instagram (also Facebook, Twitter, and Google+). What I realized was that the common conception that blogging is dead is not exactly true. Yes, blogs are dead in 2018, but blogging is still alive and well - it's just that the activity formerly known as blogging is now carried out on social media. This is why we see 30-tweet chains on Twitter and 500 word rants on Facebook; for all intents and purposes, the social networks are also blogging platforms (this includes Youtube).

Once I figured out that blogging had moved to social media, I decided that I should follow the crowd and try micro-blogging on the various networks.

That decision was my first step in coming up with the idea for my daily #TechForAuthors micro-blog posts. These are tweet-length tech tips that I have been publishing on FB, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest since the middle of August.

The posts consist of a snippet, a screensnap of the text, and a tag. They look something like this:

I'm still working on making the posts more useful and appealing, and I would appreciate any feedback you can provide. I want these posts to be helpful, and I'd love any suggestions that could bring me even one step closer.


About Nate Hoffelder (9910 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

9 Comments on The Digital Reader is Now on Instagram and Pinterest

  1. Have no interest or intention of ever using those spyware sites–for that is all that they care about is spying on you.

  2. There’s also Medium, of course, where you can post regularly without having to set up a blog of your own. And, to which I’ve recently moved from Twitter. Not a blogging platform but a good way of sharing your posts is, the successor to StumbleUpon.

    I enjoy Pinterest but I think it’s a bit of a distraction. My impression is that it’s not easy to build up a following unless you’re prepared to put a disproportionate amount of time and effort into it. (And it’s not clear that a following on Pinterest is any more valuable than one on Facebook.)

  3. Nice to see you evolving and using other platforms. I’ve long held the belief that “self-publishing” shouldn’t be called that because that’s basically what the entire internet, and now apps, do. I’ll have to find you on Instagram. I don’t use the others mentioned.

    I will say that I think it’s still important to consider the format of each platform. I hated Twitter threads, e.g.; that’s what websites are for.

    But, then, I gave up Twitter/FB and haven’t much missed either. I wouldn’t exactly call them spyware, as mentioned above, but for sure agree that if you’re using a free platform like FB/Twitter, you’re the product and not the customer. At least for those two I’m happier not using them, though unfortunately also aware that FB owns Instagram.

  4. I got rid of my Pinterest and Instagram accounts in a recent purge of social media accounts I don’t really use. I think it’s important not to spread yourself too thin.

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