How to Use Social Media to Advance Your Cause

5330849194_c3a4ef78b6_zI scan over 300 blogs in my feedly RSS reader. (BTW–I am loving feedly more than the Google Reader because they care about a good product.) Because I am integrating the study of social media here into my main blog, I am always on the lookout for recovery blogs who are using social media to grow. I found a great one today.

From Child Abuse Survivor: “The Word is Out”:

“The other day, while contemplating this site and the original purpose of it, I was struck by something profound, and sort of wonderful. Almost 12 years ago, I moved what had been a fledgling little website about being a survivor, and turned it into a blog. When I did that, I vowed to use this new-found technology to try and accomplish what I had set out long before then to do, which was to simply provide a place where other survivors could read and realize that they were not alone when it came to trying to overcome an abusive childhood.

As I considered whether I had been able to do that, or was still providing that kind of service, I looked over at the Twitter account associated with this page and saw over 2,800 followers. Then I looked at the Facebook Page associated with this blog, and saw that it is closing in on 1,000 “Likes”. The Google Plus Page had well over 150 people following it, and the Google Plus Community I recently started up had 124 members.

So yeah, I’d say that the word has gotten out, and that lots of people now know that there’s at least one site where they can go, read about being a survivor, see comments and links to other survivors, and know that they do not have to face this all alone. That is gratifying. On the other hand, there are so many survivors out there who still are afraid to talk about what happened, and do feel like they are dealing with their past all alone. That’s why it’s so important that we keep talking, and why we keep sharing resources with people. The more we can get the word out about not just this site, but others out there that are doing great work, the fewer survivors will have to cope in secret.

Thanks to everyone who has shared this site with their friends, families, and online networks. You never know who might just feel a little less alone because you did!”

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