What’s The Gist on Social Media? — An Amateur Introduction

I want to get just as much out of my post(s) this week as my readers do, if not so much more, so we are going to ease into social media at a moderate pace. This is going to be a three-part post, this being the first, where I will talk shortly about in what ways social media websites are categorized into blogs, and don’t forget to watch the short video at the end on the impact of the numbers across the globe of social media websites and networking.

According to Jill Rettberg (yes, again) and her book, Blogging, “one of the reasons ‘social media’ stuck as a term was that it made sense to traditional media outlets suddenly interested in and keenly aware of their dependence upon social media.”

I have to admit I am a daily facebook-er, twitter-er, pinterest-er, and now a WordPress blogger. Now, if you don’t know what any of those are or are not completely familiar with them, I might sound a little crazy, but just give me a minute or two to explain. If you are familiar with these social media websites, how connected are you? Take the poll at the top of the page to weigh in if you haven’t already.

In the meantime, let’s revert back to Rettberg and her theories once again. She caught my attention when she stated, “Many of the new ways blogs are being used are closely connected to other uses of social media where blogs form part but not the entirety of the site. Blogs are a form of social media that allows the individual to maintain power to a far greater extent than the most popular social media sites today. Blogs also inspire other genres within social media. Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and Tumblr can all be describes as blogs and maintain some of the key features of blogs: individuals can share text or images or other content with each other.”

Need a break from reading? I need a break from typing. Let’s watch this.


Sometimes all we need is the reality of the numbers to understand the impact.

Stay tuned for more.



  1. On a blog, relationships can becime performances: the relation between writer and reader:

    > Need a break from reading? I need a break from typing. Let’s watch this.

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