It has been a really long time since I have written a social media blog. It hasn't been for lack of information or wanting to contribute. Unfortunately, everyday life and extensive travel has interfered with all my best laid plans.
I don't really set New Year's Resolutions but more New Year's Goals and one of my goals is to be more consistent with my blog posting. Hopefully I can make that happen. Sometimes having a full time (more than full time) job and doing something like this on the side doesn't always go as planned.
With that being said, just because I haven't posted a blog in awhile doesn't mean I haven't been using social media or presenting on it. Right now I am trying to challenge myself when it comes to social media. Not that I think I am an expert in social media use or particular platforms but, social media changes so rapidly I feel like I need to try out some of the latest and greatest and keep up with the ever-changing social media world.
One area of I have expanded on is within Pinterest. I was using Pinterest before but I have really started to get into it. One thing I have tried to do is use each of my social media platforms for a different purpose. Twitter is for updating throughout the day/week and while I attend events like conferences. Pinterest has become the place that I post all the great infographics I have found as well as other things I am interested in. I have a board just for social media and there are some great social media infographics out there that everyone should check out. I love infographics since I am a more visual learner and can grasp information easy in picture representations vs. just text. If you are like that as well then Pinterest is for you. I encourage you to consider using Pinterest as a way to let your students, colleagues, etc. understand visual aspects of what you want them to know or understand.
One other platform I have begun to start understanding and using is Google +. Originally, I was like a lot of people I know and really disliked Google + and saw it as another social media channel to post the same information I am posting in other spots. However, since my institution made the switch to Google Apps for Education I have started to use it more and more. I have found it is a means of reaching out to people who don't know what I do related to social media as well as have expressed an interest in study abroad or other aspects of international education.
Posting to Google + is relatively easy and similar to posting to Twitter or Facebook. However, you can target your audience more and it combines the "likes" of Facebook and the "retweeting" of Twitter.
It will be interesting to see how my use progresses with this.
If you have experience with either of these two platforms please chime in and let me know what you think. Also, let me know if there are topics you would like to see me cover.
Make sure you check out the workshops I am offering in March and April of this year.
Hopefully you will hear from me soon. :)
This blog is all about social media. I hope to offer tips, tricks, advice and more on using social media within international education and international travel.