It is amazing to me how fast things can progress in the social media world; it was only last month when I posted about a fork in the road I encountered and wondered which path I should choose. It was really me just talking out loud but there was some definite whining involved. In fact so bad, my dear friends Gini, Brankica, Griddy & Marcus had to jump in to save me from myself.
What does this mean?
People might think I had this master plan when I started blogging, but I really didn’t. Trust me, I don’t go that deep. With no initial expectations I thought I’d be less than invisible and was content to get the 2-3 replies as I try to develop my blogging voice; hence the ‘invisible’ tag.
I know why people stop by my place, but I am being totally honest in that I have never tried to drive traffic here. In spite of the activity and comments, I don’t feel I’m ready to be ‘exposed’ yet. I find greater satisfaction helping other achieve success which fits right in line with what I do in my role @LanierUpshaw.
Do you think this was a good or bad approach; was I too naive? You might say, “it worked, didn’t it”? But is this sustainable?
Sounds like a recipe for failure
Brankica has an excellent post @LiveurLove 15 reasons why blogging is like a practical shooting competition and why you must shoot; a must read for anyone just getting started. About the only rule I followed was being social. I’m Brankica’s problem child, but she tolerates me.
Social I can be and people are responding to me because they like me, not because I have this incredible content that I’m spewing out on a regular basis.
Have I just been lucky; does it really matter? Would you recommend this strategy to anyone?
So what’s my issue?
Last week Ari Herzog asked if he could interview me based on a comment and subsequent responses I left at Marcus_Sheridan’s house @TheSalesLion. What I thought was going to be a mention in his blog turned out to be a feature article.
It was so well written and even included a comment from my mentor @GiniDietrich (I’m her problem child too, but she can’t shake me), it literally blew me away. Ari can write and if he can make me look that good, you really need to go by his place to check him out.
My dilemma? Now that I am not so invisible anymore, it caused a mild panic. I’m thinking I better find some direction now. The bloggers I want to emulate are too numerous for me to mention, but if you see me in their house it’s because I’m trying to soak up everything I can.
Should I be satisfied where I am? Should I change anything or just keep going down this road? What should success look like?
Is it true?
Yes, I am a whiner but the support I have received is ‘priceless’. It’s also amazing to me how much your priorities can shift even in a 30 day window and what was important then is no big deal now.
The power of community is strong; Griddy replied to me that she feels closer to some of her online friends than her off-line friends and I couldn’t agree more. I feel like I know a lot of my online friends very well.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Mr Mark_Harai; that guy is pure gold and would strongly suggest anybody trying to figure out this crazy social media world to stop by his place and say hello. The dude just rocks.
Finally, as I evolve I will be exploring how I can incorporate the power of community into my day job @LanierUpshaw. But the one thing I want to stay true to is my friends, my voice and my personality.
Thank you my friends for supporting me on this journey.