Sunday, December 30, 2018

Year in Review: Social Media

Of course, these days a blog just can’t be a blog. Well, I mean, it can...but it’s not as easy or as much fun. After all, how can I be sure you’ll read my posts if I don’t inundate you with reminders about them all the time? If the blog’s name isn’t something you see every thirty seconds, will you forget about me?


Which is why Section 36 needs to have a social media presence. OK. It’s why I want Section 36 to have a social media presence. Even on the sites where i have no idea what’s going on. So, I know you’ve been dying to find out...where are some other places you can follow the blogs that make up the Section 36 Suite? How have those social media sites gotten even better in 2018?

I’m glad you asked.

Instagram is probably the place I’ve seen the most movement in the past year. It’s been great connecting with fans and visitors through that site. For Section 36, in the past I have posted exclusively pictures I have taken. It’s a way to enjoy different views from a Red Sox fan. In 2018, I also started adding pictures people have submitted of themselves holding a “I’d Rather be in Section 36” sign, or pictures of themselves with Section 36 gear. (So, if you were wondering how you could appear on the Section 36 account, that’s how.) It’s been a great way to add variety to the feed, and publicize some great pictures people have submitted. And the best part? In 2018, it crossed the 1000 follower threshold! If you’re one of the followers, thanks! If you’re not, what’s keeping you? Section 36 Pageants also has an Instagram account. I use that account to post any and all pictures that have been submitted by my interview guests. Maybe they were pictures that went along with their interviews, or that couldn’t fit with the interview. Or, they’re pictures that have been submitted after visiting. Whatever the case, I post them and remind people of their visit. It’s fun because it adds a lot of different content to the feed. That account also had a big 2018, as it passed 450 followers! New to the Suite in 2018, Section 36 Music also has an Instagram account! It’s a little slow to get started. But, again it posts any pictures that my visitors have submitted that are musical in nature. Whether they’re singing, or playing an instrument. It’s another way to celebrate visitors with musical talents! While the follower count is low at the moment, it can only go up from here!

Twitter is still the old standby. I find that it’s a great way to spread the word about new posts to the blogs. The Section 36 account will tweet out links to posts here on Section 36. It will also converse with fans, especially during Red Sox games. At over 1200 followers, it’s a fun group to be involved with. There’s also a Twitter account for Section 36 Sports. It’s a blog/account that is really a compilation of all the the Section 36 sports teams blogs. So, this account will tweet links to all the posts from those blogs, and converse with fans about non-Red Sox sports. It’s sort of a catch-all to avoid having four twitter accounts. I’m excited to say it passed 1500 followers in 2018. Of course, Section 36 Pageants also has an account. It will tweet out links to titleholder interviews. It also passes along tweets/announcements from visitors. That account also went over 1200 followers in 2018, which is fantastic. Section 36 Music also got in on the twitter fun. As you’d expect, it tweets out music related posts made by the other blogs, or any posts on the Music blog itself. It also passes along info from music-related visitors. At just over 30 followers, it’s just a baby...but growing every day!

Facebook provides fun opportunities. I find it’s a nice combination between twitter and instagram. It can post links and pictures with ease, and has the ability to allow sharing with friends. The Section 36 page will post links to every post here on Section 36. Facebook is also great for pictures, so it posts pictures that I’ve taken. It’s also a prime spot to post pictures submitted by others. So almost every picture someone submits of themselves with Section 36 behind them, or in Section 36, or holding a “I’d rather be in Section 36” sign, or with Section 36 gear gets posted there. In 2018, Section 36 passed 450 likes which is great! As I’m sure you guessed, Section 36 Pageants also has a Facebook page. It again posts links to titleholder interviews, as well as any pictures former visitors have submitted. It has also started posting pictures of any titleholders with Section 36 gear, whether they’ve visited or not. That page passed 30 likes in 2018. Love to get ten times that many in 2019.

Beyond that? Section 36 also has a presence on Snapchat and Pinterest, although I honestly have no idea why. Hopefully in 2019 I’ll figure something out. Feel free to follow/add to see the progress! In fact, follow all of Section 36 on all social media accounts.

It’ll be a lot of fun.

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