Yes, the title is self- explanatory.
Does a blog really need facebook?
At the end of the day, do all those likes mean anything at all?
Nowadays, almost everything has a dedicated facebook page.
Books, inner wear, the actor who can’t act, your friend’s one eyed cat – you name it!
It was with this mindset that I had created a facebook page for this blog. Another reason was that I was becoming increasingly conscious of sharing links to my blog from my main facebook profile.
It felt like shameless self-promotion.
So I went ahead and created a facebook page for the blog.
Next, facebook prompted me to send invites to people I am friends with to ‘like’ my page.(Again a form of shameless self-promotion).
Also, that facebook notification when you send an invite provides a funny read – “Someone has invited one to like his Page”.
How can I invite someone to like something? Isn’t liking a personal choice?
Also, I often find myself trying hard to figure out what to do with the facebook page. I do share links, post a few quotes, now and then. Apart from that, what?
What can a blog possibly have that can be shared on the world’s largest social network?
But, of course, if you have a photo-blog, then facebook could be just the perfect medium for you.
This is because facebook is all about instant gratification.
Instant friendship, instant relationship status, instant updates.
And, photographs provide that instant gratification. You could upload pictures in addition to sharing links.
People might not have time to read through your posts, but photographs will surely grab their eye balls.
But for purely text based blogs like mine, facebook isn’t of much help.
There isn’t much value created through facebook.
Visits from facebook to my blog are sporadic, depending on how catchy the titles of the posts are.
Months back, in July, when I wrote about rape and molestation, there was a deluge of visits coming from facebook.
I guess people want to read about rape.
But, as I shifted to other topics, the visits diminished.
I understand facebook is not the perfect medium for a text-based blog. After all, it’s a social network. People log in on facebook to check out what’s happening in other people’s lives, and to interact with friends.
But, not to read.
Currently, I’m thinking of deleting the facebook page for the blog, as I don’t find it particularly useful.
Facebook is for dynamic people. It doesn’t have time for a blogger typing away from his cozy abode.
What are your views? Does your blog have a facebook page? How do you use facebook for your blog?