Here are some of my Friday reflections for the week.
My Twitter Account
My Twitter followers are now at 1000. This is cool considering I only signed up back in mid January. My main motivation was to look at ways of promoting my blog but what I’ve realized is Twitter is a networking tool that can be used to build your personal brand, your business, find a job, have a voice and connect with others with similar interests.
The experience can feel overwhelming because of the volume of conversations. What's important to remember is you don’t have to be there for every conversation. There is no way I can build personal relationships with 1000 people and over the next year or so this will likely grow into the tens of thousands.
Twitter when used effectively can help you build your personal brand, promote your business, find a job, have a voice and connect you directly with interesting people.
Stumble Upon is great resource for bloggers and non-bloggers alike. Stumble Upon allows you to bookmark and tag sites that you find interesting. You set up an account, network & create friends (if you want) and people can see sites you’ve selected. There is also a random selector where you can select at tag (let’s say “guitars”) and Stumble Upon will direct you to some awesome sites!
No more having to file or keep track of favorites for me in Google.
Stumble Upon is a great resource for keeping track of your favourite sites as well as finding great content.
Insights on My Blog – Building Readership
This week I had an interesting breakthrough. Building a blog or online business often takes time, patience and determination to make it work. At the same time there are so many people selling or promoting on the web that I sometimes wonder who’s really listening.
Most who are promoting their blog or service will never read my blog because they are so focused on their own goals. They take a yang approach to building their business and this is okay and works for many. The bloggers that I have personally connected with tend to have more of a balance. They know how to promote their service (yang) and they know how to listen or give (yin). This week I discovered building my blog is about that balance, building readership one subscriber at a time and on a personal level. It’s not about web hits, Twitter followers or how many people click on an ad.
Authentically connecting and networking might take time but in the long term your blog and brand build more credibility.
Patience is important. All is well.