Friday, April 8, 2016

Getting Social

In the past few weeks I've noticed a shift in my social media. I'm not sure if it's just my imagination or if it's a result of Instagram's new algorithm changes, but I've observed a slight decline: people weren't posting and/or my feed stayed the same (especially on Facebook), and views and likes were down. Sometimes some posts were barely viewed, if at all. What gives? Is there a new social media platform that I'm not aware of that people are jumping on board for? Have I become a dinosaur and just no longer know what's hip any more? Hmm...

Out of curiosity as to whether or not if other people have noticed this occurrence, I decided to scroll through my blogroll (I'm SO behind on my blog reading, it's not even funny!) and see if anything has been mentioned. While nothing specific was commented on, I did note that quite a few bloggers posted about what current or new social media platforms they could be found on and were were using the most, in case others decided to or were thinking of jumping ship on a particular social media. What a good idea!, I thought. So I took a look at all the social media platforms that I dabble in...and realized that I really needed to update a few of them!! Yikes! I really need to be more on top of these little details and put down the knitting needles from time to time to take quick peeks of what readers see when they land on these pages, rather than sticking to the ones that I see as the person who posts the content. Note to self...

Anyhoo, so here we are. I've complied a list of all the different social media platforms that I actively take part in. You can also find the "shortcut" buttons on the sidebar for easier access at a later date. Of course, you don't have to follow me on all these platforms, pick whichever is easiest for you to use and to stay up to date. I thought by using several outlets it would be easier to connect with fellow knitters and makers. 

Instagram ♥ @misocraftyknits
This is by far my most favourite social media platform. I post quite regularly, almost daily. This is definitely where you can find the most up to date info on what I'm working on, what I've finished, and what I'm planning on next. Because Instagram has changed to an algorithm system, you might not get to see all the photos I post. To change this, please feel free to turn on the notifications for my posts by clicking on the three dots in the upper right hand corner when you're looking at either my profile or one of my photos and select "Turn on Post Notifications". 

FacebookMiso Crafty Knits
I post a fair amount on Facebook: new blog posts, shop updates, knitty related photos I've found online, sales and updates from my favourite dyers and designers, and sometimes the photos I've shared on my Instagram. I try not to repeat myself too much or plaster the same photo(s)/content over and over across all the platforms so not everything is shared here. Recently Facebook has changed how I'm allowed to use my page and I discovered that I don't get all the notifications, but I do check-in often and try to be as prompt as I can in responding to comments and questions.

If you want to know absolutely everything, Twitter is the place to go. I automatically share every blog post, every Instagram photo, almost every single item that's been added to the Etsy shop, and even whatever random thought that pops into my head (that is, when I'm close to an actual computer. My smartphone is considered super old so I don't use Twitter on it). It's usually knitting related but don't be surprise if I'm talking about kombucha, true crime podcasts, or my frustrations with my lack of tech savviness. I'll also re-tweet things of interest, like other knitters' posts, yarn/pattern sales, funny anecdotes, giveaways and contests, and awesome manicure photos, to name a few. I'm not on Twitter 24/7 but I do make a point to check-in in the morning and in the evening and do try to interact with any tweets left for me that isn't spammy. Twitter makes it really easy to connect and post with other platforms (hence why everything is posted here), but without all the fuss and excessive chit chat. It's completely short and sweet and to the point.

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not that active on Ravelry. Mainly because it becomes a massive rabbit hole for me and before I know it, five hours have gone by and I've done nothing. Absolutely nothing. Not even knit a single stitch. I do, however, keep my project pages very up to date and try my hardest to keep diligent notes. I will confess that I'm incredibly behind in my messages though. I have that horrible habit that I know a lot of people suffer from, in which I read a message with the intent of responding later when I have more time to string together a proper response. Then effectively forget all about it the second I close the browser. I'm SO sorry to anyone who has sent me a message. I'll get there!

This is a new platform that I just signed up for. I still don't quite understand how to use Ello but I'm loving the fact that you can make posts directly from your computer. I signed up for Ello in case I needed an alternative to Instagram. So far the posts have been the same photos that I post on Instagram but plan on taking advantage of the fact that you can have as many photos as you want in a single post. Perfect for when I (finally) have an FO to show and want to include detail shots. 

I'm all over the place when it comes to pinning stuff and truthfully, I use my boards more for my own purposes and as a source of inspiration rather than as a place to gather more readers and blog clicks. If other people like what I pin, then cool. If not, I still think what I pinned is awesome enough for me to pin. I honestly had no idea you can send messages on Pinterest and don't know if there's any other ways of interacting with other Pinners, other than liking their pins. I have no idea if I'm even using Pinterest properly. So with that in mind, I don't interact on this platform. I'm just here to pin things I like.

Bloglovin'Miso Crafty Knits
This is another platform that I'm not quite sure I understand or know how to use "properly", but I'm on there! Bloglovin' automatically posts any blog posts I make onto Twitter, but other than that, I mainly use Bloglovin' as one of my blogroll readers (I also use Feedly, it really depends on what device I'm using).

Well, that's it. I think I'm pretty easy to find on social media, as you can pretty much type in misocraftyknits anywhere and 99.9% of the time it's me. If all else fails, there's always email, which is misocraftyknits at gmail dot com. 

Which social media platforms do you use? I hope we can connect!


  1. I do follow you on both RSS feeds from Ravelry for your blog & instagram. It is hard though to keep up with everyone though, & sometimes I think we tend to forget to comment. But I do love reading what you say, even I'm more of a lurker!!

    1. Thank you for following!! :D

      I am completely guilty of being a lurker too!! I'm working on commenting more though, when my thoughts are different from the other commenters. I just find that most of the time I'm agreeing with what others are saying and feel like I'm just bothering people by saying the same thing as the other 10+ people. It really is hard to keep up with everyone. I try to limit my social media time (or else I'd get nothing done around here!), and with most platforms using algorithms, I find I miss a lot anyways.

    2. I do find that the RSS feeds from my Ravelry is the best way for me to keep up with the knitting bloggers, & I then use Bloglovin for my non-knitter bloggers. Ravelry I use daily, Bloglovin - once a week, so it keeps me up to date. If someone has blogged, they then have cross-posted on other sites, so I go searching on Instagram. I really haven't noticed any changes on Instagram to be honest since the changes.


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