Shocking. When asked if blogs were social media, the audience’s show-of-hands was non-committal and leaning toward no. This audience was made up of bloggers attending Press Publish Phoenix. While I can’t speculate as to why there was a lack of certainty, perhaps not enough coffee had been enjoyed that fine morning, but I can share my experience. WordPress blogs are by definition and design, social.
Social Media: websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking.
Social Networking: the use of dedicated websites and applications to interact with other users, or to find people with similar interests to oneself.
I’m a social gal. Take for example, my home-life. When I’m at my sweet little house in sunny Arizona, I’m busy. I work, teach my children, hug my husband, pet my dog and cat (and feed my fish), take care of myself, and play at home. I also invite people to my home, help strangers there, feed people, and throw parties. I want my home to be a welcoming place where others feel welcome and comfortable. My home is my hub.
Hub: the effective center of an activity, region, or network.
Happily home-based, I’m not home-bound. I privileged to go out for a run in the neighborhood and wave at passers-by. I chat with my UPS guy, the kids up the street, and Daisy the sweet pup who walks by my home each day. From there I’ll go shopping, to a meeting or baseball game or restaurant, on a trip, or wherever. The people I meet will be (mostly) terrific. My day will be brightened by their smiles, jokes, and opinions.
As a woman who loves home, I consider Family Love Does More to be my online home and hub. I enjoy being here all by myself and creating a welcoming space, as well as sharing content worth a reader’s time. I love having guests. Some guests need to leave early while others linger for another cup of coffee or glass of beer. Those who linger become friends. And I very much appreciate being welcomed to other blogs, especially when it is courteous, generous, thoughtful, helpful, and real.
Do you consider WordPress social media? Which social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, or Instagram, is your favorite? How many social media outlets do you enjoy? Do you connect all of your social media to one online home or hub?
Socially Yours ~~~~~~~~ Angie Mc