The finish line is in sight as I push myself forward; I’m pounding the pavement hard in fierce determination. The sweat is streaming from my tired and weary body but the crowd is encouraging me, cheering me on. I am oh so close to the tape, there is nothing to hold me back now…..
As March 4th approaches I will be finishing my first social marathon; a one year blogger. If you would like to read my incredible first post that had me nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of mouse traps, well, ‘This is it‘. When I hit publish for the very first time it felt like I was walking outside without any pants on; and the wind was blowing…….cold……
There are a couple of takeaways from the first post:
- On the surface it might appear I haven’t grown very much from day one, even though I feel like a long in tooth grizzled veteran. However, it also appears I’ve been true to my word as I haven’t really deviated from my original purpose. I’m not sure if that is a good thing or bad thing though.
- Even then, some of my observations about sustainability still ring true today; so maybe I really am a guru and prophetic. Or maybe I was just a poet and didn’t know it, huh?
Where did everybody go?
I had a couple of friends and we were thick as thieves, they were my brothers from a different mother; Frank from A Spark Starts and JK Allen. I thought for sure they would be the ones crossing the tape with me, but alas, we hit that fork in the road and chose different paths. Even though I haven’t kept up with them, I still consider them friends and hope their personal journey has been fulfilling.
As I look back through the comments of previous posts and see who used to be regulars, I notice about half of them are still active; just not at my place. It makes me wonder if I wasn’t compelling enough; they wanted to hang more with people in their niche; or, they weren’t getting enough ‘points’ for being here?
I also wonder why I’m such a toad at times too, but I’m not willing to do much about that either.
Social is fickle, but so is real life and most of this really isn’t worth worrying about anyway; so I don’t.
Would you do anything differently?
Probably not; social I can do just by showing up and that is exactly what I did. There was a day I had about double the traffic but it was built entirely on me going to other places and engaging. People who knew me then will agree that it seemed I was everywhere.
Because I just showed up, I did not take the time to learn ‘the system’, how to drive traffic; that wasn’t my model. In hindsight I could have been more purposeful with the plan just to make some of this easier, but it really did sound like work to me. The flip side is, by not doing the ‘admin’ part has created a lot of ‘work’ as well.
We all know there are only so many hours in the day, so my method of ‘commenting only’ to drive traffic certainly is not sustainable on a large-scale unless you are willing to give up sleep. And not only does fat boy gotta eat, fat boy’s gotta sleep too.
This method did allow me to meet quite a few exceptional people; and that alone made it worthwhile for me. For anybody trying to establish a community, I would recommend it; just take the time to learn the ‘nuts & bolts’ too.
So, what did we learn today?
- Billy still likes to talk about himself, doesn’t he? I’ll bet he’s fun to have a conversation with
- Social is still fickle and fluid; don’t get too comfortable
- You can grow a deep community but not a large community on comments alone unless you don’t need sleep or exercise
- It is ok to have fun as your motivator
- There really is no wrong way or right way in social; only your way
This is the end of month two in the new year; everybody still ‘rock-n-roll’ or is it ‘lock and load’?