Another reason I suggest getting social media checked out before you set up your URL is to double check, once again, and make sure that no one else is really known by the name.
Imagine the scenario I talked about above – how people started tagging @tallmomtinybaby on twitter and instagram, even though I don’t really use those accounts. Imagine if I hadn’t claimed those social media handles, and they were actually someone else! That person would be getting potential blog visitors, who will become confused, disinterested, and I might never have had a chance to have them see my blog.
THE 80/20 RULE
One of the most important tid-bits of information I learned about while blogging is the 80/20 rule. People say that you should spend 80% of your time PROMOTING your blog, and 20% writing and creating. That is, if you want people to read it.
Because, think about it….even if you write the most amazing blog post, or take the most gorgeous pictures — people won’t be able to know about it unless you publicize it. Unless you promote it. Otherwise, it will be swallowed up into the netherlands of the world wide web.
If you are blogging just for your own sake, or to keep family and friends up to date – and you don’t care about ever having a bigger readership – then having social media isn’t necessary.
But if you ever really want your blog to grow, you need to do it online. You’ll need to learn a few social media tricks (eventually — don’t worry right now) but you most certainly are going to want to have had your social media handles claimed so that they are there for you when you want them.
When you first start out blogging, you should put 100% of your energy into creating content and writing — but eventually — when you are ready to share — you will want to start exerting more of your time into sharing and resharing your content.