It’s only promotion but I like it…

Call me naive but I thought writing a blog was just about choosing something you love and something you have a lot to say about and getting started. I thought people would be out there searching for me – sitting at home in their repro 1940s dresses, looking disconsolately out of the window, hand on brow crying out “If only I could find a UK based blogger who was entering on a journey to retro heaven. If only! It would make me sew heppy!”. Turns out they’re not. I’ve had to work hard to promote my blog. If you’re new to the blogging game, this is how far I’ve got with promotion. I’m nice, so I’m sharing!

The first thing I did – albeit accidentally – was share it with family and friends. I posted something on a companies’ Facebook page and linked to my blog, not realising all my Facebook friends would see. They were very complementary and now I always share on Facebook when I make a post. I did then – when my posting became more frequent – get worried that I was rather spamming all my friends and they might get annoyed. So, I decided to create a Facebook page that linked to my blog (https://www.facebook.com/Itsonlyvintagebutilikeit) however this has proved to about as useful as the old chocolate teapot. Facebook won’t allow me to add anyone I don’t already know – yes, that’s right, all the people I was hoping to leave alone! I cannot add companies that might be interested in seeing my reviews. Also, all I get is asked to pay for Facebook to ‘boost’ or ‘promote’ my posts. Only a fraction of what I post actually reaches any followers I have there. My advice: don’t bother.

My next step was Twitter. Oh Twitter, how I love and adore thee. If Facebook is a mean and twisted old Aunt that is unpredictable in her affections, Twitter is that big old twinkly Auntie that always has a bag of Cadbury Eclairs in the glove box.  Setting up my Twitter (https://twitter.com/Itsonlyvintage) account was super easy and Auntie Twitter was even on hand to give me suggestions of who to follow and who might be interested in following me. After a half term week of getting click happy on Twitter’s recommendations I now have close to 500 followers and my traffic that week alone almost tripled. What a girl!

On the advice of lovely Flo the photographer I pulled a dusty and rarely used Instagram account out the airing cupboard and repurposed it for my new needs. https://instagram.com/vintagemunchkin/ My Instagram account is quite fun. I’m not sure it contributes to many clicks on my blog but it is a lark and there’s plenty of eye candy to be had.  I like sharing photos and discovering other vintage obsessees like myself.

There is of course bloglovin. I registered and you can find me there, I’m not sure it brings me many views but it’s a good way of cataloging all your favourite blogs in one place.

Every time I make a post I share it on Facebook and Twitter and tag relevant people and companies in it. This might get a you a retweet or a repost on their page which means more clicks for the site! I also use HootSuite  – on the advice of Dr P. This clever doohickey allows me to schedule tweets and posts advertising my blog at different times of the day during the week. It means I can hit different ‘markets’ at times when I’d be too busy to stop and write something.

So there you have it. This is how far I’ve got. What do you do? Am I doing it right? What else should I do? Is it normal to check your hit count so many times a day your brain is practically vibrating? Leave me a comment and let me know! It is with a buzzing brain I say: It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only Facebook but I like it…

I’ve been working on my social media lately and trying to make it work for me so I can increase traffic to the page and thereby get more opportunities.

https://www.facebook.com/Itsonlyvintagebutilikeit is my Facebook page. Feel free to add me – and let me know if I’ve been a muppet in some way and it’s not working!

You can also follow me on Instagram – @vintagemunchkin and @itsonlyvintage on Twitter.

There are so many exciting things coming up and I’m literally bursting to share them but I can’t!

Stick with me – I promise you greatness!

It is with baited breath I say:
It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only Twitter but I like it…

I have been neglecting you I know, but my job is killing me – just a 12 hour day today!

Tonight all I’ve had the energy for is a little Twittering. I’ve been using Twitter for years in another guise but I decided to start this account to compliment my blog. Thought it might be a nice way to contact and share my posts with people. Anyway, please have a look and add me if you’re in the Twittersphere!

https://mobile.twitter.com/Itsonlyvintage

I’ll be back with some vintagey goodness soon, I promise!

It is with a Tweet I say:
It’s only Vintage but I like it…

It’s only Promotion but I like it!

They say ‘one good turn deserves another’ and quite frankly, who am I to disagree?

I am referring to two ladies who have been kind enough to give me a little plug lately.
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First off is the lovely Michelle Hatcher from http://www.thevintagegirlie.com. I signed up to her newsletter a few months ago and have enjoyed every offering that’s dropped into my inbox. It’s a great round up of fairs and events around the UK and really does give you a flavour of what’s going on. Michelle kindly agreed to include my review of the Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair in Southampton recently and I loved attending and reviewing the event. I must admit I squealed super loudly on the bus when I saw my review as part of her newsletter! Michelle also produces a magazine which I must get round to purchasing as I really do enjoy the newsletter – thanks Michelle!

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Another plug that came my way was in the shape of a shout out from http://nailsdownsouth.wordpress.com. This is my friend Tat who is Tiny, a mean dancer and on a journey of ever increasingly complicated manicures! Visit my fellow wordpress blogger mate to discover stamping, feature nails, dotting tools and much more. There’s more to nail varnish than I ever imagined. If only I had the patience and dexterity!

It is with increasing traffic I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it…