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Did you get that?
Some of it? If not, you might be drowning in the social media frenzy that has taken over the internet. Given my background, I frequently get asked questions about social media. In simple terms, social media is a Pagan social sites arena where you, the user, can see and be seen? Better yet, hear and be heard. It is the modern village festival, the town square, the party line, Usenet, the chat room, and even the text-based MUCKS multi-user-chat-kingdoms.
As of today, what are the most popular social media sites? In distant second, we find TwitterPinterest and StumbleUpon. To make the on-line party more titillating, there are social media adds-on such as the ever-popular YouTubeInstagramFlickrFour Square and others.
Alongside the A-listers, countless special-interest social media sites have appeared on the scene. Pagans are no exception. In fact, for some Pagans, these dedicated sites are more than Pagan social sites distractions.
They provide a much-needed spiritual community when a real one is not available. Not everyone lives in Pagan-rich areas complete with festivals, metaphysical stores, and private groups. Additionally, not everyone is able to be openly Pagan.
Sites like Witchbook and Paganspace are the doorways to like-minded individuals.
Admittedly, I have never used any of the Pagan-dedicated sites. For the individual, the choice is simple. Pick a few sites that cater to your interests and have fun. If you love visuals, crafts, and recipes, use Pinterest. If you need a business network, use LInkedIn. If you prefer to succinctly spew forth your opinions, try microblogging on Twitter. If you like Justin Timberlake, open a MySpace. For organizations, businesses or artisans, the choice Pagan social sites a bit more complicated, whether your endeavor is Pagan-based or not. Without getting into the nitty gritty of social media marketing, I suggest that you answer these five key questions before making any social media plunge:.
Once these questions are answered, an effective, stream-lined, integrated social media marketing strategy can be firmly enacted to give your organization or business a solid digital presence. Now, this all sounds Pagan social sites digitally glorious but there are some major pitfalls.
For businesses and organizations, the biggest hurdle stems from the misconception that a big following equates to a desired return, financial or otherwise. They just dangle there in front of marketers, enticing them to keep playing the social media game. Regardless, all business and organizations should have a social media presence. For Pagan entities, Pagan social sites strong presence can aid the quest for social legitimacy while providing a doorway allowing the public access to good information. Perhaps more importantly, social media can bridge the gap between the generations by connecting older, traditional organizations like Covenant of the Goddess and Circle Sanctuaryto the younger, tech-savvy generations.
Social media could be the broomstick that takes Paganism into the future. However, there are bigger concerns, legal and sociological, that loom over the entire social media experience. Who has a right to censor your feeds? When does social media become public media?
Are you living your real-life just to have something good to post? And, finally and most importantly, as humans, are we facing a possible disintegration of real-world social skills? The time we spend sharing, following, and liking takes away from sharing time with friends, following dreams and liking new experiences.
That is especially true for Pagans whose spirituality is tied Pagan social sites strongly to the natural world. We still need our live seasonal festivals. We still need brick-and-mortar community centers and energy filled circles. No doubt that social media plays an important and useful role in our lives but it must be intertwined with live experience — capturing it, sharing it but never replacing it. Home News U. Scott Karl E. The Wild Hunt is exclusively supported by readers like you. No advertising. No corporate sponsors. Your support helps us pay our writers and editors, as well as cover the bills the keep the lights on.
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