Let’s Connect

Now that I’m freelancing full-time, I decided to reassess and improve the ways in which I can connect with others. It’s easy to join every social network but it’s harder to be intentional (and use your accounts for different/unique purposes). I’ve listed the different places that I connect with others and how exactly I like to use them:

1. Twitter // @alliepal

I use Twitter daily (sometimes even hourly). Half of the people I interact with are local and the other half are designers/creatives. I schedule 6-9 tweets to go out throughout the day via Timely.is. Scheduled tweets can feel a bit impersonal but since I’m always around to respond…I don’t feel as bad. Half of the tweets that get sent out are links to interesting articles that I’ve come across recently and the other half are links to my own blog posts. I feel that Twitter is a great way to stay relevant and personal. I find and meet great bloggers, designers, and local entrepreneurs every day! While I do follow over 1,000 people, I keep everyone in private lists and focus on keeping tabs on them that way. For example: I have a list of close friends and so I can check that easily in the morning and throughout the day focus on my blogger list, designer list, client list, etc.

2. Instagram // @alliepal

Instagram is by far my favorite online community. I decided to be really picky and specific when deciding who to follow and follow back. I wanted to keep it visually stimulating and inspiring and so when I launch the app on my iPhone, I’m usually smiling while I scroll. I often feel that the Instagram community that I’ve curated is a positive one and I love being a part of it. There are some people that I follow on Instagram that I don’t necessarily follow on Twitter because their images (in my opinion) resonate with me more than their tweets! Simple as that.

3. Facebook // allisonlehmandesign

I’ve really dropped the ball when it comes to my Facebook page. I used to update it a lot with recent designs but as I got sucked into my office job, it really became scarce. I’m excited to bring the page back to life and focus on freelance living snapshots from my iPhone, tips, and blurbs from current books that are challenging me. Facebook and I have a weird relationship and I’ve cut my personal account down to about 45 close friends and family.

4. Pinterest // @alliepal

I’m most excited to start using Pinterest more intentionally! To me, Pinterest always seemed a bit pointless (while simultaneously sucking me in). I’ve decided to use it as a place to share a few specific things:

  1. Gluten-free recipes + products
  2. My own blog posts (sporadically)
  3. Design resources
  4. Mood boards with clients

Also, I started a new Instagram account (@glutenfreepal) and Tumblr yesterday that will focus on my healthy + gluten-free lifestyle. I’m hoping to add more random recipes and tips to the Tumblr as time goes on. Feel free to follow and ask questions!

How do you handle your social media accounts? Any accounts that you’ve really enjoyed that I’m not currently a part of? What’s your pet peeve when it comes to these sites? I’d love to hear from you all!

August 6, 2012