Tsh Oxenreider: On Writing and Social Media

Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider

Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider

(Note from Kat: It feels a little bittersweet, like the last day of summer camp, to end this interview series with Tsh. I for one have really enjoyed it. I’ve been challenged, encouraged and I may have bought a few new apps. I hope you’ve enjoyed your time with Tsh as well.

I also want to take this opportunity to tell you what an amazing woman Tsh truly is. She was my roommate in the Philippines on our Compassion Blogging trip so we spent 7 days together nonstop. You get to know someone pretty well under circumstances like that. Since then, we’ve stayed in touch, met with our kids for playdates when she found herself in the Promised Land (Texas) and chat regularly for all to hear on her podcast.

If she seems inspiring, humble and generous in her interviews…that’s because she absolutely is. It would be easy to be fake in the blogging world, but Tsh is the real deal. She loves God, loves people and is a faithful friend. So you can read her blog to learn from what she has to say, but you can also read it to learn from who she is. It’s a win either way…)

Tsh vs Social Media

1. How do you keep social media from running your life? Is it a struggle for you? Any social media management tips?
Honestly, it’s not that hard for me anymore because I crave an offline life after I produce all my content. I look at what’s bringing in the most traffic and I focus my efforts there. It used to be Facebook, but once they started changing the algorhithms, my traffic plummeted through FB. Pinterest is now my second-highest traffic source, so I try to spend more time there.

When I do spend time on social media, I try to do it during the times when I’m not as focused, so that I give writing and content producing my best effort. I do Pinterest more in the evening, FB once or twice in the morning and afternoon, and Twitter as the mood strikes (though I do it 2-3 times a day just for the blog).

2. What is your writing process? When do you write? How long does it take you to create a post?
I write first thing in the morning, before I read any other blogs (I prefer to create before I consume). I’m a morning person, so I give my writing that time of day, since that’s my favorite part of blogging. It honestly doesn’t take me too long to write—a few minutes per post. But then I spend a loooooong time editing, finding links, tweaking, finding just the right photo, etc. That part always takes me so much longer.

Tsh's ebook

Tsh’s ebook

3. Do you have a blogging mentor or accountability group (formal or informal)? How have you created and fostered those relationships?
I have an online blogging group and an online writing group (more for book writing). They both were created naturally, as relationships online evolved. My blog group is a google group, so we email each other; my writing group is a private Facebook group. These two places are lifesavers—it’s where you can ask dumb questions, share confidential info, get honest feedback, etc. etc. Lifesaver.

4. What is the best blogging advice you’ve received? (OR) What is the best blogging advice you could give?
Be yourself. I know that’s cheesy and not entirely helpful, but it’s so very easy to compare your work with others out there doing equally good work… but there will ALWAYS be someone bigger than you, and that’s okay. Cultivate the slice of Internet you have, and give just to give (without expecting anything in return). At the end of the day, this is all about relationships—it’s not about networking, building a tribe, or developing your platform. All this stuff is okay, but it’s really made up of real, 3-D people.

Also, have an offline life. Your online life will be much more interesting, and you’re less likely to burn out.

Q & A with Tsh

Tsh has been amazing about answering our questions all week. If you have questions about writing and social media, ask away! Today is also a great day to just click on over and say thanks to Tsh for spending the week with us. Click here to comment!

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  1. Hello! I’d like to know how you deal with critiscm of your work. I recently received some and was very hurt – not by what was said but how it was public. What they had written was true and it did make me go back and rewrite a part of my post the way the Holy Spirit led me to change it. My feelings were really hurt that this person didn’t think to email me their thoughts instead of posting them for the world to see. I think it hurt because that post was revealing a part of my struggle and was very deep for me. Since then I’ve changed the settings on my blog so that you cannot comment anonymously. I feel that maybe knowing you have to be public on who you are might get peoPle to be nicer or Atleast contact me privately. Just wondered how you deal with it. Thanks!!

    • It’s hard, I know. All I can say is that I’ve had to develop some fairly thick skin, but still, it’s human nature to notice the one critique and forget about the 99 praises. Those author and blogger groups I was talking about really help a lot, because I can vent there before answering a bit—shall we say, politely?—publicly.

      I also take a few hours to a day before I answer a sincere criticism. It helps cool me off, and it gives me some space to not take it so personally. And often, I’ll see then whether the person really has a valid point, or if her criticism was more about her issue than mine.

      Hope that helps!

  2. Great insight into Your World! Thanks for sharing this week! I’ve gotten some fresh ideas to try

  3. Loved taking a peak behind the Tsh Oxenreider curtain…thanks for sharing and inspiring

  4. Thank you so much for this series! It has been humbling and an encouragement. Thank you Tsh for opening your heart to show your passion for blogging to us newbies.

  5. Have loved hearing how you blog, Tsh! Simple Mom is one of my favorites.

    Facebook question for you: How do you decide what personal thoughts to share on your Simple Mom page vs. your personal page?

    I don’t want my FB page to simply serve as another RSS feed of new posts, but I also don’t want to assume that those who “liked” my page want to know all the details of my day…like all my personal FB friends do 😉

    • Honestly, I enjoy using my personal FB account, but I’m not a big fan of dealing with my blog’s FB page. For that, I update it daily (though not the weekends), but I don’t spend too much investment there.

      I’ll post the day’s post and then one other thing—usually a rotation of a quote, a photo, or an advice-asking question. People love that kind of stuff on FB. 😉

      I don’t really share personal stuff unless it makes sense. But my blog is about simple living, not a memoir blog. If it were specifically about my family, I’d probably share more. But that’s one of the reasons my blog isn’t about me—I can’t imagine it’d be that interesting to other people!

  6. Loved all the advice and inspiration in this post. I feel like I’ll be mentored here at How They Blog. What a wonderful interview, Tsh. I’ve gleaned so much I can take with me into my everyday life. And Kat, you’re doing a great thing here! I know you will see so much fruit.

  7. I would love to know what you do on Pinterest, Tsh. I honestly stay away from it for the most part, but your comments are intriguing me now. Thanks for sharing with us.

    • I just pin stuff I like! Honestly, I don’t do that much. And when one of our posts seems pinnable, we make sure we have at least one Pinterest-esque photo. That usually means a vertical photo with white text.

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