Social Media Etiquette: For Bloggers

Ever since human beings evolved and started communicating with one another to express, to convey verbally and get things done, we have always been in the loop of grasping and mixing things up, often leading to miscommunication and misunderstanding. As important it is to talk, it is equally important to be a good listener for an effective communication. At the present era, emojis or smileys (as some may refer to) play an important part in the written communication. It not only adds a personal tone to the message, but also adds a lighter note to the conversation. But do we know when to stop and which emojis to use for a particular context? Most of us don’t and we have our own interpretations of them, indifferent to the meaning it actually conveys.

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So here’s my list of social media etiquette for bloggers/influencers when it comes to interacting with the brands/agencies, followers or fellow bloggers, and most importantly while creating your content:

A. Content Creation:

As a blogger/influencer, the main job is to create credible content that people can read, understand and easily follow. So how does one create it?

  • I believe that a good content is only created when one understands his/her own niche and works constantly by reading about the latest developments in that area to convey it to the larger audience.
  • It can also be created when we promote the brand that we believe in by writing an honest feedback and not otherwise.
  • While creating content on social media platforms like Instagram or Twitter, always remember to have a crisp caption without any grammatical / typographical errors.
  • Do not use abusive words/slangs in your captions. While one feels that it is acceptable to include in the spoken communication, trust me, from a reader’s perspective it looks immature and insensitive.
  • It is also imperative to add a personal touch to your content by citing real life experiences you have had, as the learning is what made you write the content in the first place.
  • Post your content wisely and in regular intervals. While it is okay in Twitter to tweet/retweet frequently in a day, it is not okay to post more than thrice in Instagram. Remember, your audience do not want to see only your posts in their feed. For blogs, it is advisable to post atleast 1-2 times a week.
  • Tags, Hashtags and Keywords: Tag a brand you have collaborated with, or used in your pictures to gain some visibility. One can also tag the communities or groups who might benefit from reading your post. Using relevant hashtags pertaining to the post also garners new audience to your grid. For blogs, use relevant keywords recommended by Google to garner maximum eyeballs to your blog.

B. Followers / Other Bloggers:

Social media is swarmed with bloggers sharing their life and views with the audience with an aim to monetize their work. Off lately in Instagram, it is the numbers game that decides whether you get to be part of a campaign or not. While competition creeps from every corner, here are some basic do’s and don’ts that will help you grow in the long run.

  • Never compare your work with your fellow bloggers and try to plagiarize their work. Remember, everyone works hard or smart to achieve their own position.
  • The basic thumb rule to follow someone is when you like their content and believe their advice seriously. But in recent times the saying, ‘I scratch your back and you scratch mine’, is what is being followed in the gram. While it is okay to repay the favors, remember that if you are here to stay then – ‘Your content is going to make or break you’.
  • Having said about repaying the favors, one must  never forget to appreciate and thank the efforts of those who comment on our posts genuinely. Also, do not forget to address the questions asked by your followers with earnest answers, may it be on your post or a DM.
  • We love attention and want 1000 likes on our picture in an instant. But remember, it is not possible to get them in an instant. It will take time and eventually one can get there. So, in an hurry to get the likes, do not send your posts /tweets to all your fellow bloggers. IT WILL DEFINITELY ANNOY THEM AND SOON YOU MAY SEE THEM OFF YOUR LIST. And, in case of any brand collaborations for which you seek more engagements, send a personalized message with a courteous and respectful tone, asking for a favor and with a promise to return it back when they need. Do not forget to thank them again.
  • It is also not okay to message and ask them about the contacts of all the brand representatives or the upcoming collaborations. Instead, my only advice would be work for yourself.
  • The most important part is respect your co-bloggers and give them due credit when you follow a certain pattern of their work or when they help you with your content or when you collaborate with them. Remember, human relations thrive solely on being honest and being more inclusive.

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    Social Media Etiquette for Bloggers Pic Courtesy: Canva Edited by Amritha Srinath

C. Brands/Agencies: 

As professionals, we bloggers have to keep constant communication with the brand personnel or agency representative maintaining a pleasant and long-term relationship. Here are some of the important professional etiquette for bloggers/influencers:

  • Working Hours: Setting up working hours especially when interacting with brand representatives is extremely important to have a healthy work-life balance.
  • Be polite and humble while you talk with the brand representatives. One can be a big name in the industry and yet be humble enough to automatically get respected. Remember, if blogging is your bread and butter then they are the providers for it.
  • Having said this, you need not go out of the way, sugarcoat your words and agree with everything they say. Let your better nature and work talk for you.
  • And  remember the emojis? It is advisable not to use them while writing to the brand. Keep it formal and straightforward.
  • In case of only written communication with the brand you approach, start your mail/message with a greeting, a brief introduction of you and your work, share links of your best work, provide your contact information and let them know you would be interested to have a collaborate with them. Do this and patiently wait for them to respond. WE MAY BE ONLINE AT THAT POINT OF TIME BUT IT IS NOT NECESSARY THAT THEY ARE ONLINE TOO. SO WAIT FOR THE REVERT.
  • While collaborating with a brand or with the agency for a brand, be honest about your constraints too. It can be technology related, personal or any other circumstance related. Convey the quality of work you can offer and quote your price. Let the brand come back to you. DO NOT MAKE FALSE PROMISES.
  • Another important thing is every social media offers Insights for a post. After the campaign is over, it is important to send it to them. This not only gives a clear picture of your effort taken to promote the brand but also offers an assurance that they have made the right decision by collaborating with you.
  • Have a clear Invoice format depicting the collaboration & Bank details for the payment. If the payment gets delayed, follow up once or twice patiently before escalating it to another level.
  • Lastly, keep in touch with the brand by sending seasonal greetings with a professional creative or when you promote their products even after the campaign is over. Tag them to let them know, you genuinely love their products.

I have always believed that an honest-straightforward talk or a simple yet powerful message projects the thoughts one has in his/her mind rather than words that are difficult to write or pronounce.  Remember, babies learn the art of language from the womb and they have wonderful ways to communicate with the world once they step out of the uterus. So for an effective communication, we need not go to any Oxford University or have a Tharoorian language. I hope you enjoyed reading this post and reap benefits from what this social media world has to offer.

I really would love to read your feedback on my post or criticisms, if any, and would definitely love if you are re-sharing my work in your social circles.

You can also follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/themummastartup and get in touch with me over a DM or shoot me an email at amstar1125@gmail.com & I shall definitely revert to you.

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This post is a part of #LBWP – Let’s Blog With Pri Season 2.

Also do not forget to check the wonderful posts by my fellow bloggers Archana and Nupur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Self Love: a guide to healthy life

“There’s nothing wrong with loving who you are”
She said, “‘Cause he made you perfect, babe”
“So hold your head up girl and you’ll go far,
Listen to me when I say”

I’m beautiful in my way
‘Cause God makes no mistakes
I’m on the right track, baby I was born this way!”

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The song Born This Way created an uproar worldwide as Lady Gaga showed her support for the LGBT Community. So what?? When I look back at the lyrics of the song, all it conveys is “LOVE THY SELF” and “BE PROUD OF WHO YOU ARE“. We as a nation are fearless when it comes to military affairs or politics and what not, but when it comes to love, WE SIMPLY HIDE & LIE LOW! It is even worse, when it comes to SELF LOVE.

We feel that if we care for ourselves or if we go by our set priorities, the world would hate us and pull ourselves steps away from our inner-sense. But why do we do it?

I had always been like Geet from Jab We Met, but after getting married to a big family, life had been set on a roller coaster ride. The simplicity in life turned into huge amount of complexities making me neglect many of my priorities. All along, my husband stood beside me rock solid. We were like the lead couples from Tumhari Sulu by then.

An year after the marriage I was living a life, yet something was incomplete.  And then I had Ayaansh! The most beautiful aspect of my life! A part of us hovering around our feet, giving us the most blissful feelings of life. I was contended outside, but yet I struggled to keep the ambiguity inside. It was at that point last year, when I heard this song and something struck me very deeply & then it finally dawned upon me, ‘I HAD STOPPED LOVING MYSELF!’ The wife and mother in me had taken prominence, and the bubbly-talkative-full-of-life-girl was lost. I had forgotten my passions, my friends, my preferences and my desires.

So, what did I do next? I grabbed a notepad, a pen and did something that made me flip around! Well, these things worked for me and if these work for you, I will be very much elated.

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STEP ONE: Write all the things that you never wanted to do or wish didn’t happen with you or all the things that makes you cringe. You can write few names, places or instances, whatever that comes to your mind. Please remember when you do this activity, let there be no one bothering you, put your phones in silent mode. You will be surprised to see a long list. Once complete, read it aloud. Repeat once more if required. NOW, TEAR IT INTO AS MANY AS PIECES YOU WANT. FLUSH IT OR THROW IT. NEVER LOOK BACK!

STEP TWO: Take a pretty book, fancy colored pens. Write about all the things/people/places you love. Jot down all the movies you want to see, the music you want to listen, the food you love to eat, the places you want to go. READ IT ALOUD AGAIN! REPEAT IF NEEDED. You feel alive after doing it.

STEP THREE: I discussed all my desires and ambitions from STEP 2 with my husband, we further made our year goals. We plan our week, our days ahead and ensure our schedules are set. I had asked my husband to do the above steps so that we both can be on the same page and since we had many a things different in our list, we make sure to give each other that ME TIME to fulfil the desires, whatsoever by taking turns in looking after the little one.

STEP FOUR: When things got sorted out between us, the battle was half won. But to conquer the world I had to say NO, to many people around me. It was now very imperative that I stood to my ground and set my preferences. The family and the world were seeing a revolutionary version of me. Many times at this stage, we were mocked, pushed and shoved and the real battle had begun and I am fortunate to have my hubby as the backbone of my life.

STEP FIVE: At this point, my happiness and peace was restored and I ensured that I have my ME TIME every day. My #metime includes reading books, listening to my choice of music, watching TED Videos or commercials, watching new recipes, doing my DIY stuff.
So, it’s very important to do the things we love on a daily basis. The ME TIME can be 5 minutes to an hour or 2(you are lucky, if you get more!).  UTILISE IT EFFECTIVELY!

STEP SIX: GO OUT and MEET NEW PEOPLE. Network with like-minded individuals. Go on a shopping-spree. Catch-up with old buddies, share those nostalgic memories. Call your friends often. Be in touch.


STEP SEVEN: EAT, PRAY AND LOVE your body!
Have your morning cup of coffee/tea/breakfast in a non-frenzy manner. Relish it, savor your food. You are eating for maintaining a healthy body. A healthy body gives you healthy mind and in turn makes you positive. SO EAT, DON’T SACRIFICE THAT ONE PIECE OF APPLE FOR YOUR LOVED ONES. YOU ARE YOUR FIRST LOVE!


PRAY:
Be thankful for all the good things and people in your life. Be humble to all, Thank the Almighty. If things are going wrong, still pray! Pray to HIM to make things right. Ask for help if required. Show your gratitude, reciprocate the love.

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, LOVE YOUR BODY! You may be slim or chubby,doesn’t matter – JUST STAY FIT! Exercise and Meditate. Get the stamina up. Go for a trek, run a marathon and eat a cookie! JUST KEEP LOVING YOURSELF!

Because:

Don’t be a drag, just be a queen
Whether you’re broke or evergreen
You’re black, white, beige, cholo descent
You’re Lebanese, you’re Orient
Whether life’s disabilities
Left you outcast, bullied, or teased
Rejoice and love yourself today
‘Cause baby you were born this way

WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2019!

This post is a part of #UnapologeticGirlz Blogathon @mylittlemuffin hosted by, @mommyvoyage and @themomsagas, sponsored by @kaurageousyou

It brings me immense pleasure to share that I, along with 30 other bloggers are celebrating Women’s Day with a twist.

I thank another awesome mom Sneha Jubin who blogs at www.itsatwinningstory.wordpress.com for introducing me. Do check her posts.

I would also take the opportunity to introduce Aditi Anand who blogs at http://www.teatimetalkies.com . Do check her blog to take a look at her take on Self Love

Thanks to all three creative organizers of this Blogathon who came up with such innovative prompts.

The dynamics of being a Stay At Home Mumma

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We all come in different sizes, from different races and different choices! Yet we are all the same! Yes, we are the MOTHERS!!

We are the Mothers of Today’s World! We are Stay at home moms, we work – out of home/from home or we are single moms!

But what matters is, ‘WE ARE CONFIDENT MOMS!’

I distinctly remember the day of my first sonography, when I heard the soft thuds of my little one’s heart and it was at that very moment, I decided I would be a Stay-At-Home-Mom. It came as a shock to many who knew me, who knew I was so passionate at work. My parents and my in-laws were concerned about the choice I had made. Few of them wanted to know the real reasons.
But my real reason was to rejoice, cherish and celebrate the blessings of motherhood and spend as much time with my little one. My darling husband stood beside me rock solid.
And trust me, THIS WAS THE BEST DECISION I MADE IN MY LIFE! Now, let me tell you all, the perks of being a SAHM:

  1. I get to spend the maximum time with my child. Three years have passed by, there have been moments when I was depressed or furious, but that naughty smile of Ayaansh still makes my day. We play, read books, go shopping, do the crazy dance, sing like there is no tomorrow, cuddle and kiss every now and then, and still feel the day is not enough. I will be honest I feel a little jealous too, when there is extra excitement the moment he sees his father coming after work. But, this is happiness too!!
  2. My hands are full: I still am busy with my household chores and there is a lot happening in my brain too! Many people around us have a myth that a housewife has nothing to think about. But we do have. I like to plan my days right from clothes to cooking, the books I want to read, and the activities for Ayaansh, etc. I love arranging surprises for my loved ones and their reactions are my boosters for life.
  3. Pursuing Passions: Reading books and owning a library has been a dream from childhood and being at home gives me a lot of time to read a vast range of books. Also, cooking has been a therapeutic activity and have explored & learned various cooking styles like One pot One shot method among others. I learnt to make chocolates from the scratch, bake cakes & cookies, savouries and sweets, churn the icecreams, etc. Painting and gardening is yet another activity that I enjoy and now with the little one, it is a daily delight! We plant the seeds, watch it grow, enjoy the little pleasures together.
  4. Getting married to a joint family helped me to learn the home management skills, and now that we are in a nuclear setup, it has been easy for me to implement those. So, I pay the bills, keep my house clean and do my day-to-day activities with ease. This has happened only because I am SAHM. Yes, I am dependent on my husband for finances, but I manage my home as per my convenience and set of rules.
  5. I work! The tiny squares in Instagram have kept me busy and now with this blog, I intend to keep myself busier than usual. Afterall, when the little one grows and starts schooling, I got to utilize my time and, who doesn’t enjoy earning the extra pennies! Moreover, I loved working for brands – planning their campaigns and commercials, so why not brand myself, right?

There are varied reasons for a women to choose her path of motherhood. Few of us love to stay back at home, few of us manage both the aspects and few us love their work and hire a help.

So what? We all are mothers – Women who have preferences in life!

Women who like to follow their heart!

Women who believe that ‘A Happy Mother Raises A Happy Kid’

And a women who belives:

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”


Yes, Dr. Seuss(Oh,The Places You’ll Go!) we get to decide where we want to go!

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This Post is a part of the #MomsSpeakUp Blog Train Hosted by Prisha of Mummasaurus and Nayantara of MommyingBabyT.
I would like to thank Kadambari Mehta for introducing me. Read their take on the Prompt here (https://babybookbabbles.com/5-books-that-help-me-raise-a-mighty-girl-momsspeakup/).
I would like to Introduce Namrata Kalia. I’m sure you will enjoy reading her take on the prompt. Visit her blog here https://momzandmore.com/yes-i-am-a-stay-at-home-mom/