And the winner by an ever so very slight margin was:
Having a blog / website!
So I started thinking about the result over coffee this morning. I have been kicking around integrating my blog and website into one place in November when my hosting expires. Everything filtering into one place is good for reduction of updating requirements.
Because my goal is to ensure my Etsy shop runs smoothly even when I take on additional responsibility of writing (either for my novels or for a couple blogs I want to guest post for, plus this blog and my personal one), the more that can be reduced outside of that stuff the better.
I was pleased to get so much great advice on other locations like Facebook (a very close runner up at 2nd), twitter, LinkedIn, other. Between participation in team forums, posting links, and the like, my social media investment was higher than the time I spent actually creating things. And as far as I'm concerned, that ain't good.
Mary from Herban Lifestyle suggested that I have everything filter into each other. I was already doing this with my blog posts but not everything else. Now everything auto populates but I only have to post things once. Curlymonkey commented that everything is tied to her website and not outside social media because its a place she could still have and approach brick and mortar locations. That's a great point as I consider amping up my interest in consignment. Sonya at Kanelstrand felt it was a good idea to just have something and work it so it works for you, Bee at The Wooden Bee agreed that everything working together was a good call, and Fia at Fianaturals was in the majority voting for blog/website.
Thanks for the votes, comments and encouragement ladies! For everyone else who voted under cover of darkness thanks so much to you as well. This has really helped me to narrow down and prioritize.
Flickr stays but I am not active on there, truly I only have it so I can have a nice Gallery Page here on the blog. I have decided not to join other sites that have no bearing on my creativity but still suck time (Pinterest, Google+, ) and a few other things had to also fall away. Interestingly twitter only got one vote. Updating that is mostly automated now so I'll keep it but likely won't participate very much more than I currently do.
So there it is, I'm just happy to know that what I was doing and how I was narrowing down was in the ballpark of smarter business sense!
Thanks to everyone who participated and now I'm back to regular posting!